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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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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 Sunday - Sep 25, 2016

Cal Poly Day

-- Oct 9, 2016

The annual Cal Poly Day at the university's 3,200-acre Swanton Pacific Ranch will be held Sunday, Oct. 9. The event includes a Santa Maria-style barbecue lunch; trainrides on the 1/3-scale, steam-powered train; railroad and ranch activities; live music; and a showcase demonstration by the Cal Poly Logging Team. An extension of Cal Poly's agriculture and forestry disciplines, the ranch was donated by College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences alumnus Al Smith. The cost is $30 for adults; children ages 4 to 10 are $15 each; admission is free for children 3 and under. Early  registration is recommended as the event sells out each year. For more information or to register, call 805-995-3659.

Location: Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch just north of Santa Cruz

See: sprr.calpoly.edu

Organic U-Pick Apple Orchard Hours

Posted Monday - Sep 12, 2016

Our organic U-Pick apple orchard is now open!  We have several varieties ripe and ready for picking.

Hours: the orchard is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

Price: apples are $2.50 per pound and we accept cash or check only.

Location: the orchard is located across the street from 480 Swanton Rd. Davenport, CA 95017.

We hope to see you this season!

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