News & Events
Cal Poly Day & Al Smith Day
Al Smith Day is held in April each year. Al Smith Day highlights the Swanton Pacific Railroad while giving attendees a glimpse of ranch operations and educational opportunities. Train rides, a ranch barbeque, live music, and the chance to visit the Swanton Pacific Ranch makes Al Smith Day a fun event for all.
Cal Poly Day is Sunday October 9, 2016. Please join us for the annual train rides, barbecue and choice of other activities put on by the railroad and ranch. Those attending will be brought up to date on what has been taking place at Swanton by both the railroad and the ranch. The annual event is held at the beautiful Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport, CA.
These two yearly events are used to showcase activities at the ranch, and include barbeque, train rides and roping demonstrations. The Cal Poly Logging Team often joins in the fun with axe throwing and cross-cut demonstrations. Swanton equipment as well as t-shirts, hats, etc., are also on display. Plan on joining us this year.
* Please pre-register for events - contact the Swanton Pacific Railroad Society to register. Thank you!
Products and Produce Availability
Please note: the Apple Orchard is located across the street from the Old School House at 480 Swanton Road (this is a few miles north of our 125 Swanton Road address).
The Organic Apple Orchard is open seasonally to the public, Cal Poly alumni, and grade-school groups.
Certified annually by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and yielding five tons of apples per year, the ranch's 2-acre orchard produces a diverse array of apples for many uses. The 16 distinct varieties ripen progressively throughout the fall allowing for an extended picking season. Grade-school groups are encouraged to arrange visits to the U-Pick where children receive an overview of ecological processes in organic farming before they set out to collect apples.
Grass-fed beef is fed just that, grass. Grass-fed beef differs slightly in look, texture, smell, and taste; but to many, it tastes better. Grass-fed beef has less than 10% saturated fat, is high in Omega 3 fatty acids, high in conjugated Linoleic Acid, high in vitamin A and E, and high in Beta Carotene.
The Cal Poly Swanton Pacific Ranch Grass-fed Beef Enterprise in conjunction with Cal Poly Meats sells 30 lb pre-packaged boxes of grass-fed beef. If you have questions please call Cal Poly Meats at 805.756.2114, or visit us on the web.
Summer Internship Application is available
Posted Thursday - Dec 15, 2016
APPLY NOW - the 2017 Summer Internship Application is available!
- Meal Program (Food Science & Nutrition)
Visit our website for more information: spranch.calpoly.edu
Internship Applications will be due in February and review of applications will start as early as March 1st – submit yours today!
Important Note: these are competitive internships so you’re encouraged to give time and thought as you prepare your application.
ALSO AVAILABLE - even if you’re not participating in the internship, there are still ways to experience Learn by Doing at Swanton Pacific Ranch this summer. These professional, intensive short courses will also be taking place Summer 2017.
- ASCI 470 – Sustainable Rangeland & Livestock Management (2-weeks/4-units)
- NR 475 – Sustainable Forestry & Environmental Practices (4-weeks/12-units)
- ZOO 329 – Vertebrate Field Zoology (2-weeks/4-units)
Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to reviewing your applications.
Grass Fed Beef is available
Posted Thursday - Dec 15, 2016
Hello from Swanton Pacific Ranch,
Swanton Pacific Natural Grass Fed Beef is available for the purchase this holiday season!
To place your order, please visit our website and complete the simple online form.