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Center for Sustainability

Agriculture for Tomorrow

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

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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

Announcements September 2023

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Upcoming Events

We are looking forward to the start of the 2023-24 academic year here at Cal Poly!

Please SAVE THE DATE: Friday, October 20th 12-4:30pm
Healthy Soils Field Tour at Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport, CA 
To reserve a spot, email Grey Hayes at

Please see below for links to more upcoming events and opportunities in sustainable agriculture 

Cal Poly
1. Healthy Soils Field Tour at Swanton Pacific Ranch: 10/20  

2. Cal Vegetation Treatment Program (VTP) webinar: Lessons from SM County Parks: 9/14
3. Poly Plant Shop: reopens 9/16
4. CIE Harvesting Innovation: Empowering AgTech Pioneers, Paso Robles: 9/28   
5. Cal Poly Meat Market and Poly Provisions: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

San Luis Obispo & Central Coast

6. Cuesta Ranch Education classes: History, Indigenous Practices, and more: starts 9/6
7. National Heirloom Exposition, Ventura: 9/12-14
8. Intro to Sheep and Goat Grazing Management, Cuesta College: 9/16
     with Cal Poly's Beth Reynolds and Rob Rutherford

9. EcoSLO Creeks to Coast Cleanup: 9/17
10. FIRA USA Robotics and Automation Event, Salinas Sports Complex: 9/19-21

11. Central Coast Bioneers Conference, San Luis Obispo: 9/23  
12. SEEAG Santa Barbara County Farm Day: 9/23
13. UCCE How to Control California Ground Squirrels and Gophers, Atascadero: 9/29  

14. Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival: 9/29-30
15. Goleta Lemon Festival: 9/30-10/1
16. SLO-Cal Destination Summit, San Luis Obispo: 10/5

California & the West
17. California Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, Sacramento: 9/22-24
18. Progressive Crop Consultant Conference, Visalia: 9/27-28
19. EcoFarm Hoes Down Harvest Festival, Full Belly Farm, Guinda: 10/7
20. The Global Produce and Floral Show, Anaheim: 10/19-21
21. Verge 23: The Climate Tech Event, San Jose: 10/24-26
22. Food AI Summit, Alameda: 10/25  
23. OFAC Sustainable Pest Management and Production seminar, Fresno: 10/26
24. Regenerate Conference: Microbes/Markets/Climate, Santa Fe NM: early bird thru 9/15

25. Rodale Institute webinars: Regenerative Organic Practices & Perennial-Based Systems: 9/6 & 9/13
26. NRCS Sequestering Carbon, Reducing GHGs, Climate Resilience through Organic Practices: 9/11
27. How to Get Your Project Funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, Sierra Club Santa Lucia: 9/14
28. UC Ag Experts Talk: Decision Thresholds: Fatal Attraction at the Heart of IPM: 9/20
29. NRCS Pest Management Technologies: 10/24 
30. Vineyard Team Sustainable Winegrowing Education On-Demand: Free through 11/30


31. UC Master Gardeners Program applications due: 9/30
32. 2023 California Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship application: due 10/1
33. CDFA Urban Agriculture Grant Program: deadline 10/23
34. Western SARE grants are open: deadlines 10/25 – 12/7
35. Garden Educator Positions, One Cool Earth  
36. Ranch Hand position, Spanish Oaks Ranch, Santa Margarita
37. Working Lands Coordinator, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

38. Proyecto Campesino Farmworker Resource Center, Santa Barbara County
39. Range Cattle in California County Climate Action Plans, CA Cattle Council


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