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Cal Poly's Organic Farm is Ranked 6th in the Nation!
A ranking by Online College Plan placed Cal Poly's Organic Farm as 6th of 60 college farms surveyed. To read how the rankings were determined, and to view the rankings, please visit Online College Plan.


Cal Poly Floral Design Team Ranks Second in the Nation!
The Cal Poly Floral Design Team ranked second in the nation at the American Institute of Floral Designer’s (AIFD) 2017 Student Floral Design Competition held July 1-5 in Seattle. Senior Dawn Mones, an agricultural and environmental plant sciences major from Kapaa, Hawaii, won high honors at the event with the overall highest student score for the competition. Mones placed first in the wedding bouquet category and second in the fashion flowers and people’s choice categories. Students competed in the competition’s four categories: interpretative, fashion flowers, wedding and sympathy. Alumna Sara Do placed fifth in the fashion flowers competition and sixth in the wedding bouquet category. Do, from San Gabriel, California, graduated from Cal Poly in spring 2017 with a degree in agriculture and environmental plant sciences. Kristen Cotter, a senior agricultural and environmental plant sciences major from Palos Verdes Estates, California, placed sixth in the wedding bouquet category. The three-member team was led by Cal Poly Lecturer Melinda Lynch and alumna Katie Noonan. “I am proud of the hard work that these students put in to prepare for the competition and I am thrilled for Dawn’s accomplishments,” Lynch said. The student AIFD maintains chapters at 15 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.


Want a Job? Major in Agriculture!
A new 2015 report published by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University, highlights the need for graduates in agriculture and the shortage of students majoring in fields related to plant science. To quote from the report, "Plant science graduates at all degree levels will find excellent career opportunities. They will find many opportunities for plant geneticists, plant pathologists, and insect biologists to develop higher-yielding crops adapted to less-than-optimal growing conditions. Demand also will be strong for expertise in production of sustainable products made from wood and other biomaterials." Opportunities will also increase for students majoring in water management, human and animal nutrition, agricultural technology and sustainable agriculture. Read the report "Want a Job? Major in Agriculture." Also, explore career opportunities at Seed Our Future, a joint effort of universities and the agricultural industry to support interest in and an appreciation for horticulture.


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Events

Virginia Walter's Greenhouse Endowment Celebration Dinner

The Cal Poly Horticulture and Crop Science Department invites you to join us on Friday, Nov. 3, as we celebrate Professor Virginia Walter’s 43 years of service to Cal Poly and to kick-off of the Greenhouse Production Endowment fund. We will celebrate at Camp San Luis in the Officer’s Club. Appetizers and drinks will be available at 4:30 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30. Please RSVP by Oct. 20 using the following EventBrite page. As this event is being held on a military base, we are required to submit a list of attendees 10 days prior. No tickets will be sold the day of. We look forward to seeing you there!

* All cars must stop at the Front Gate. Drivers must show proof of insurance, and registration. All passengers and driver must show Driver's License or ID.


Directions to Camp San Luis: 10 Sonoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

*Some GPS systems may take you to an old gate. Please follow the directions below.

From the 101 South:

  • From HWY 101, take exit 203B for CA-1 N toward Morro Bay
  • Turn right onto Santa Rosa St.
  • Travel approximately 5 miles on HWY 1, get in the left lane
  • Turn left at the frontage entrance where there are 3 flag poles
  • * If you miss the frontage entrance, you can make a U-turn at the stop light (Hollister Rd.) The main entrance with the 3 flagpoles will be on your right hand side.

    From the 101 North:

  • From HWY 101, take exit 203B
  • Merge onto CA-1 N/Toro St toward Morro Bay
  • Travel approximately 5 miles on HWY 1, get in the left lane
  • Turn left at the frontage entrance where there are 3 flag poles
  • *If you miss the frontage entrance, you can make a U-turn at the stop light (Hollister Rd.) The main entrance with the 3 flagpoles will be on your right hand side.


    Newsletters

    HCS Fall Newsletter (PDF)

    Catch up on the Fall, 2017 issue of the HCS Department newsletter to learn about student and faculty activities, new initiatives, and student, faculty and alumni success.