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2019 Tomato Spectacular!

Aug 5, 2019

GET EXCITED! More than 70 different types of tomato plants will be available at Cal Poly’s annual Tomato Spectacular plant sale (formerly known as Tomato Mania) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop. Staff and faculty can also purchase the plants during a presale from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, April 5. Brandywine, Early Girl, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Homestead, and a selection of cherry tomato plants, including Nature’s Bites, are some of the unique cultivars that will be available during the student-run enterprise project. The plants cost $7, with a quantity discount given for five or more plants.

This year the program is directed by a team of six students who have grown more than 5,000 tomato plants from seed to provide home gardeners with quality plants that will produce fresh tomatoes throughout summer. "Tomato Spectacular embodies Learn by Doing at Cal Poly and gives students the opportunity to get involved directly in the industry and experience hands-on learning,” said Beth Funke, a junior agricultural and environmental plant sciences major. “There are so many different dynamic aspects of working in agriculture. Being involved in the tomato enterprise demonstrated that developing social media skills to sell the plants was just as important as growing them.” (Pictured is Justin Williams, a senior agricultural and environmental plant sciences major and head grower for the project, working in the greenhouse.) For more information, follow Cal Poly Tomato Spectacular on Facebook and Instagram. View the full Tomato Spectacular 2019 catalog here. 

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Cal Poly's Organic Farm is Ranked 6th in the Nation!

Aug 5, 2019

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 Third in the Nation!

Aug 4, 2019

The Cal Poly Floral Design Team ranked third in the nation at the American Institute of Floral Designer’s (AIFD) 2018 Student Floral Design Competition held in Washington, D.C. Alyssa Snow, a junior majoring in agricultural science, placed first in the wedding bouquet category and fourth place in the fashion flower category. She placed third overall in the competition. Allana Childs, who graduated in June with a degree in agricultural and environmental sciences, took third in the interpretive design category and eighth place for her wedding bouquet. Snow was also awarded a scholarship during the awards ceremony for her school fees for the 2018-19 school year from the AIFD Foundation Scholarship Committee. Cal Poly competed against teams from nine other colleges, including the University of Missouri Columbia, Texas A & M, Mississippi State and Ohio State. The team was led by Lecturer Melinda Lynch.


Want a Job? Major in Agriculture!

Aug 2, 2019

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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Apr 1, 2019

Cal Poly's Annual Open House, April 11-13, 2019

Open House weekend begins with "Campus Preview at Farmers' Market" on Thursday, April 11 from 6PM–9PM. Explore downtown and experience San Luis Obispo’s world-famous Farmer’s Market. Cal Poly Clubs and Organizations will be present to showcase what they have to offer.

The weekend continues on April 12 for "Admitted Students Discovery Day". Friday kicks off with a University Welcome where you will hear from campus leaders and students about their Mustang Legacies. Throughout the day, experience Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” philosophy through sessions from your academic college and interactive classrooms and experiences. In the evening, we invite you to engage with other prospective and current Cal Poly students at Friday Nite Invite. Additionally, parents and supporters are invited to join New Student & Transition Programs for Coffee House to learn about what’s next for new students on their Cal Poly journey.

Finally, join us Saturday, April 13, as the entire Mustang community comes to campus to Celebrate the Mustang Legacy during “Poly Royal Celebration.” Festivities start with the Poly Royal Parade and continue all day with the Campus Showcase, featuring over 200 clubs and organizations, Dexter Stage, and additional premier special events including:

  • Truck & Tractor Pull
  • Poly Royal Rodeo
  • Alumni Wine and Beer Garden (open to all 21 and over)
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