FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2016

Contact: Center for Sustainability
805-756-5086; cfs@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly Center for Sustainability Receives Funding from the Miossi Charitable Trust

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Center for Sustainability in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has been awarded $50,000 from the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust to advance programs in several key areas of sustainable agriculture.

The donation will enable the center to expand the college’s research and educational opportunities in the areas of soil health and composting, organic farming systems, and holistic grazing. Special focus will be on how these topics foster resilient agro-ecosystems and relate to the climate change mitigation and adaptation potential of agricultural production strategies.

Several upcoming public events sponsored by the Miossi Trust are planned, including a panel discussion on the successes and challenges of organic agriculture, a soil health seminar highlighting the scientific understanding of soil biology and the carbon sequestration potential of soil, and education on agricultural training programs for veterans and under-served communities.

The Miossi donation will also support increased education and research infrastructure for the Cal Poly Compost Unit, Cal Poly Organic Farm, and a pilot multi-species grazing program on the campus farm.

Anyone who would like to receive information about these and other upcoming events may sign up for the center’s monthly electronic newsletter by sending an email with “Subscribe” in the subject line to cfs@calpoly.edu.

About the CAFES Center for Sustainability
The Cal Poly Center for Sustainability (www.cfs.calpoly.edu) is a cross-disciplinary initiative in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences dedicated to advancing education on sustainable food and agricultural systems through curriculum, professional development and on-farm education.

About the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust
The Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust (www.miossicharitabletrust.org) provides assistance to organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for residents of San Luis Obispo and the surrounding area. The foundation focuses on six key areas: animal-related, education, environment, the Catholic Church, fine arts and youth development.

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