Cal Poly Farm 2021 Newsletter

All About the Poly Plant Shop

So you’ve heard about the Poly Plant Shop. It is a common conversation piece amongst students, parents, alumni, and community members. If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit, you may have some questions. How do we get there? When should we go? What does it have to offer?

Located at the top of Via Carta Road, the Poly Plant Shop is the hopping place to be on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11AM to 3PM. The Poly Plant Shop offers an array of foliage plants, succulents, potted vegetable starts and floral arrangements. Whether you are a gardener with the greenest thumb or a student attempting to grow a succulent in a dull dorm room, the Poly Plant Shop has something for everyone!

Part of what makes the Poly Plant Shop so special is its dedication to Cal Poly’s motto, “Learn By Doing.” With the supervision of faculty and staff, student employees get an immense amount of hands-on experience creating floral and succulent arrangements, tending to greenhouses, potting vegetable starts, growing foliage plants, and mastering propagation techniques. Along with hands-on experience, faculty in the horticulture unit also teach students the importance of taking pride in their work to create quality products. Just last weekend students hand-crafted dozens of bouquets for Valentine’s Day. The Poly Plant Shop ensures that each arrangement is designed with character and care.

Currently, the Poly Plant Shop is promoting a limited supply of student grown and designed succulent collections in local, hand-thrown, artisan-glazed pottery. Varieties of mini cacti placed on a bed of pebbles makes for an arrangement with a beautiful Zen vibe. To get yours while supplies last, follow the link to purchase online or visit the Poly Plant Shop in-person. In-person shopping appointments are encouraged. In addition, please schedule a pickup reservation for online orders.


Tomato Mania is Underway!

Don’t go just yet! For those inquiring, the Poly Plant Shop is pleased to announce that amidst the pandemic, Tomato Mania is still underway. This year Tomato Mania will be a little less manic with sales broken into three different purchase periods. So don’t fret, you will have the opportunity to purchase your tomato plants online between mid-April and mid-May. Further dates to be announced, the Poly Plant Shop looks forward to seeing you!


Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11AM-3PM
(subject to change based on weather conditions)

Shop Online


Cal Poly U-Pick Citrus

Come out and join us on the Cal Poly Farm for U-Pick mandarins, clementines, oranges and limes! Pick fruit as you please for only $1.50. Cash or check. Bring your family & friends, a mask and clipping equipment (if you have it). Please be sure to leave your furry friends at home and be courteous of others by staying 6 feet apart. Thank you for your cooperation and support!



Enter campus at Santa Rosa and Highland Road. Head straight on Highland Road until Mount Bishop and take a left. Make another immediate left on the driveway located next to the Crops Unit. Follow the driveway until it becomes a dirt parking lot. Keep driving straight through this parking lot (running parallel to Highland Road) until you see the entrance to the Bramson Trail. Follow the path to the entrance, the first field on your right (orange cones at the entrance to the field). Enter the field and stay on the gravel road. You will dead end at the u-pick orchard. Follow the U-Pick signs posted throughout route.


Tuesday 2/16 9AM-11PM & 12:30PM-3PM
Wednesday 2/17 1PM-3PM
Saturday 2/27 9AM-12PM

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Poly Plant Shop

(805) 756-1106
Poly Plant Shop Instagram
Poly Plant Shop Floral Instagram

Cal Poly Farm

(805) 756-6778
Cal Poly Farm Instagram
Cal Poly Organic Farm Instagram



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