Feb. 10, 2015

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

Cal Poly Organic Farm Named One of 20 Best University Farms in America

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Organic Farm has been ranked one of the 20 Best University Farms in America by Best College Reviews. 

The 11-acre production farm in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences’ Horticulture & Crop Science Department is certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers. The Cal Poly farm is managed by students, faculty and staff and provides a place for undergraduates to immerse themselves in Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy in organic and sustainable farming practices.

Dozens of varieties of produce are grown each year — including broccoli, squash, kale and carrots — and sold at farmers markets, to local vendors and restaurants, and on the Cal Poly campus. Unsold produce is donated to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.

The organic farm also serves as a classroom and laboratory to other Cal Poly courses and research programs.

Best College Reviews is an editorially independent college review website focusing on college rankings and reviews of college features.

Other colleges that made the list include Chico State University, Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., and College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. The rankings are based on a number of factors including farm size, integration with the main campus and the community, and sustainability.

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative students ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories including ranchland, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. For more information, visit

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