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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.

  —Our Mission

Ranch Events

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!

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Products and Produce Availability

U-Pick Apples

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.

Natural Grass-fed Beef

Grass-fed CowsGrass-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.

Ranch News

Today is Wednesday - Oct 26, 2016

Cemex Workshop

-- Nov 10, 2016

Come join the discussion to help plan the future of the Davenport Cement Plant.

Location: Swanton Pacific Ranch

See: spranch.calpoly.edu/files/news/2016/CommunityWorkshopFlyerv5.pdf…

Closed For The Season: Organic U-Pick Apple Orchard

Posted Sunday - Oct 9, 2016

Our organic U-Pick apple orchard is now CLOSED for the 2016 season.  Thank you to everyone that came out to visit and support our student operated orchard this Fall and supporting one of our educational programs here at 
Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch.

We hope to see you next season or at our "Pick A Pumpkin By Train" event on October 23rd! More info at:


Like us on facebook at:


Location: Swanton Pacific Ranch

See: U-Pick Apple Information

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Natural Grass-Fed Beef

Posted Wednesday - Sep 7, 2016

Our 2016 Natural grass-fed beef is available for purchase!

Click on the ''Grass-Fed Beef'' link to place an order.


See: http://spranch.calpoly.edu/GrassFedBeef.ldml