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.
2016 Sustainable Agriculture Education Association National Conference
Jul 29-31, 2016
Join us to explore this year's conference theme:
"The Ecology of Food Systems: Engaging Interdisciplinary and Applied Education for a Just and Sustainable Agriculture"
Hosted by: University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
Co-Hosted by: UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UH West O'ahu, Cal Poly SLO & Swanton Pacific Ranch, ALBA, Merritt College, and Stanford University
With major support from the University of California Global Food Initiative
Location: Santa Cruz, California
A Centennial Celebration - Professional Forestry in California
Aug 25-26, 2016
The Society of American Foresters started in California in 1916. We are celebrating our centennial year, and have chosen the southern Sierra Nevada as the location for our meeting. The Thursday meeting will take place at the Chukchansi Resort in Coarsegold, California. This location is convenient to both Southern California and Northern California members of the forestry community. The Thursday session will feature an exciting panel discussion entitled, "Forests, People and Ecosystems in California - Predictions Regarding the Next Century" with key forestry leaders in the state. We'll also celebrate the Centennial of SAF in California with a banquet you won't want to miss, with an special dinner presentation entitled, "An Evening with Gifford Pinchot."
Location: Oakhurst and Bass Lake Area