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To provide Cal Poly students, faculty, staff and the public with a unique interdisciplinary environment in which to foster the Learn by Doing philosophy by providing educational experiences on a working ranch, supporting diversified agriculture and forest resources while maintaining the integrity of ranch operations.

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Contact Information

Swanton Pacific Ranch
125 Swanton Road
Davenport, CA 95017
Email: spranch@calpoly.edu
Phone: (831) 458-5410   Fax: (831) 458-5411
(Note: from campus phone dial 8-5410)

Dr. Brian Dietterick

Brian Dietterick - Ranch Director

Phone: (831) 458-5415 (from campus 8-5415)
bdietter@calpoly.edu

 
Steve Auten

Steve Auten - Ranch Operations Manager

Phone: (831) 458-5413 (from campus 8-5413)
sauten@calpoly.edu

 
Gordon Claassen

Gordon Claassen - Livestock Manager

Phone: (831) 458-5414 (from campus 8-5414)
gclaasse@calpoly.edu

 

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Ian Kapostins - Ranch Facilities, Vehicle Maintenance Technician

Phone: (831) 458-5415 (from campus 8-5415)
ikaposti@calpoly.edu

 
Cortney Newby

Cortney Newby - Administrative Support

Phone: (831) 458-5412 (from campus 8-5412)
cfnewby@calpoly.edu

 
Kristy Petersen

Kristy Petersen - Holistic Resource Management Apprentice - Forestry

Kpeter41@calpoly.edu

Rebecca Pulcrano

Rebecca Pulcrano - Holistic Resource Management Apprentice - Livestock

Phone: (805) 441-3215
rpulcran@calpoly.edu

 
Grant Williams

Grant Williams - Agricultural Management Specialist

Phone: (831) 458-5474 (from campus 8-5474)
gmwillia@calpoly.edu

 

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