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Ranch Events

News & Events

Cal Poly Day & Al Smith Day

Al Smith Day typically takes place during the end of April or beginning of May. 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. The Railroad Society takes care of registration for this event.

Cal Poly Day is usually the last Sunday in September. 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. The Railroad Society takes care of registration for this event.

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 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 Tuesday - Oct 6, 2015

Pumpkin Train Ride

-- Oct 24, 2015

Swanton Pacific Ranch is hosting a day of train rides to our organic pumpkin patch! 


Tickets include: 

A small to medium sized pumpkin from our organically managed pumpkin patch (only accessible by hiking or train)

A train ride through the Swanton Valley along Scott's Creek to the pumpkin field. Cal Poly students who spent their summer at the ranch will provide commentary during the train ride, full of information about our operations, history, and current habitat restoration projects

Access to College Station, where visitors can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the picturesque and historic Swanton Pacific trainyard

More info: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/swanton-pacific-ranch-pumpkin-train-ride-tickets-18802977211

Location: Swanton Pacific Ranch

Last Chance! U-Pick Apple Orchard

Posted Monday - Oct 5, 2015

Oct 9 and 10 are the last days for Apple U-Pick this season! Our U-Pick Organic Apple Orchard is only open this Friday and Saturday from 9:00-5:00pm. We will NOT be open Sunday, after which we will be closed until next year! Please contact us with any questions.

Please note: the Apple Orchard is located across the street from the Old School House at 480 Swanton Road (this is a couple miles north of our 125 Swanton Road address).

We look forward to seeing you in the orchard!

Email: spranch@calpoly.edu
Phone: 831-458-5410

See: spranch.calpoly.edu/upick.ldml

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