The Cal Poly Organic Farm is a 9 acre organic farm housed in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department, certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers. The farm provides an environment where students can experience the ins and outs of organic farming. While also serving as a pillar of the San Luis Obispo community.
You can find hard-working Cal Poly students selling the produce they grew at the local downtown farmers market as well as the campus farmers market; donating all unsold goods to the Food Bank. The farm also provides students with a learning environment outside the classroom. With multiple classses utilizing the farm as a place to learn and conduct research.
California is home to the most organic farmland than any other state, while also producing the majority of the country's organic vegetables. Despite organic farming seeing a steady growth in the west organic farmland still only occupies 1% of all farmland in the United States Sources: USDA, CCOF, Pew Research Center
The Cal Poly Organic Farm has recieved national recognition for their work in agriculture and organic practices, ranking 6th out of 60 colleges by Online College Plan. The Organic Farm has also been ranked as the 7th best organic farm in the country by Best Value Colleges. Click on the logos to see the official rankings.