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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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2018 Cal Conclave

The Cal Poly Logging Team, an intercollegiate team of male and female students involved in traditional forestry field skills, is hosting the annual collegiate logging competition on campus from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Swanton Pacific Ranch.

Teams from colleges throughout California and Arizona will compete at the all-day Cal Conclave, including Humboldt State University, UC Berkeley and Northern Arizona University. We expect 85 contestants.

Events include tree climbing, power saw (chainsaw), single and double buck with cross cut saws, obstacle pole, choker setting, and more.

.For more information, contact Grey Hayes, (831) 227-7163

Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch Day

Save the Date! October 12,  2019 - join us for a day of walking tours and demonstrations highlighting Swanton Pacific Ranch. 

An open house event for Cal Poly alumni, community members, neighbors, and friends of Cal Poly and Swanton Pacific Ranch.

Experience the unique qualities of Swanton Pacific Ranch, Cal Poly’s living laboratory - its natural beauty, ecological diversity, integrated and sustainable land management practices, educational programs and research-based restoration projects.For more information, contact Grey Hayes, (831) 227-7163

Volunteer Opportunities

Swanton Pacific Ranch staff welcome Cal Poly students and faculty to help with various ranch operations a few times a year. Typically, Swanton Pacific Ranch provides transportation, housing, and meals. Please check back here from time to time, as new opportunities or additional details develop. For more information on any of these events, contact Education and Research Coordinator Grey Hayes, (831) 227-7163.

U-Pick Closed - Opens Again Labor Day Weekend 2019!



Our Organic U-pick Apple Orchard is closed- it will open again labor day weekend 2019

We look forward to seeing you!

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Our cattle are born and raised right out on Swanton Pacific Ranch pastures.

They feed on native grass dominated pastures and are part of a planned grazing practice. This enhances their environment, while producing a great product offering numerous health benefits to the consumer.

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