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About the ranch

Welcome

The history behind Cal Poly's Living Laboratory

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forestry

Forestry

Students work alongside professionals during forest inventory.

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livestock

Livestock

Students gain hands-on livestock handling skills and experience life on a working ranch.

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crops

Crops

From row crops to apple orchards, students have the opportunity to fine-tune their green thumb.

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interships

Internships

Lessons learned and lives changed through internship programs.

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timber crew

Field Trips & Short Courses

Classroom learning brought to life.

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Scotts Creek

Projects & Research

Research skills are learned and applied as students collect data in Scott's Creek.

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Swanton Pacific Rail Road Society

Swanton Pacific Rail Road Society

Cal Poly's live steam railroad!

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Learning

INTERNSHIPS
Gain Hands-on skills


FIELD TRIPS
A living laboratory


WORKSHOPS & TRAINING
Open to the public


PROJECTS & RESEARCH
Applied learning

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Al Smith mission support the ranch

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Operations

  • forestry

    FORESTRY

    Advanced timber management skills.

  • livestock

    LIVESTOCK

    Learn range and livestock management.

  • crops

    CROPS

    Gain experience in organic crop production

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SPR Products

Grass-fed Beef

upick

Our Products

News & Events

Apple Pruning Volunteer Weekend January 25 - 27th

Students will be provided transportation, lodging, and meals during this fantastic opportunity to learn how to prune apple trees in Swanton Pacific Ranch's Organic Apple Orchard. Led by expert Grant Williams, the group will work together to shape the trees...and then go for an enjoyable and informative hike to see more of the Ranch.


Organic U-Pick Apple Orchard...
Closed for 2018 Season!
Posted Oct 17, 2018


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