Center for Sustainability

Center for Sustainability

Agriculture for Tomorrow


A College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Program

Cal Poly landscape

Stewards of Tomorrow

Preparing leaders in sustainability through education, research, outreach, and operations.

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.

  —Mahatma Gandhi

Activities

To view our upcoming events, please visit the current Monthly Announcements Page

For our most recent happenings, please go to our News Page

Current and Ongoing Programs


Climate Smart Agriculture

Demonstrations and resources for farmers, conservation professionals and the public. As part of our climate smart agriculture activities, we are currently involved in the
CDFA Healthy Soils Program, and
Carbon Farm Planning at Swanton Pacific Ranch.

 

Soil Health Dimensions

We are creating a hub for the latest information on soil health science and practices, drawing from the experience of a wide range of leading professionals in these fields. Special focus will be on how soil biology impacts soil quality, organic matter and nutrient cycling, and new techniques for assessing soil health status. Stay tuned!
 

Sustainable Ag Lecture Series

Once per quarter during the academic year, we host guest speakers on timely topics. This is a great way to learn about new things happening in food and agriculture and to network with others having similar interests. For information about our most recent SALS event, please CLICK HERE
 

Sustainable Ag Minor

A minor in Sustainable Agriculture is open to all Cal Poly students. In it, students approach modern agricultural problems from a holistic perspective, emphasizing agricultural planning integrated with ecological principles. Through experience in sustainable agricultural practices, students learn about a farm in the context of an agro-ecosystem: a system whose processes and relationships can be manipulated to allow production with fewer adverse environmental impacts and external inputs. Students develop knowledge and skills involving holistic management, crop production, and adaptive decision-making in a hands-on environment. The minor is currently advised by Dr. Ashraf Tubeileh in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department. 
To view minor requirements within the Cal Poly Course Catalog, please CLICK HERE
 

Announcements

Our monthly ‘updates’, delivered to your inbox, are a great way to keep abreast of activities happening on campus and around the Central Coast in the realm of sustainable food and ag systems. These updated lists of activities also include links to find more information on special opportunities and resources around the state, nation and on-line. Subscribe today!
 

Past Programs

The Center for Sustainability has played an important role in bringing many innovative concepts, models and programs to Cal Poly and the San Luis Obispo region over two decades of service. We are very grateful to all of the many people we have worked with in these collaborations – and who are still working hard to create a more environmentally-friendly and socially responsible food system. We would particularly like to thank the many funders who have helped to support programs such as these:

Cal Poly Organic Farm & CSA Program

Cal Poly Compost Project

Cal Poly Land Project

Cal Poly Permaculture Design Series

Cal Poly Sustainability Learning Objectives (and assessments)

Campus Sustainability Charrettes

Central Coast Foodshed Guide

Eco-Farm Alumni Gatherings

Farmer Experiential Education and Development (FEED) Program

Market Gardening Series

Resilient Food Systems Conference

Sustainable Agriculture Pest Management Conference (PMC)

Sustainable Stewards Internship Program

SLOcavore artisan food series

SLO City Farm projects (and regional Buy Fresh Buy Local initiatives)

SLO County Farmer’s Guild

SLO Slow Food and Slow Money collaborations

Urban Farming living wall project

Taste of the Future Dinners
 

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