Background & History
We've come a long way since 2001
AGRIscapes was created in 2001 as an Educational Outreach branch of the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona. Located West of the main campus on Temple Avenue, AGRIscapes occupies 20 acres of farmland and facilities. Included are the Visitor Center with space available for meetings, workshops and small conferences, The Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch which sells produce grown on campus along with other food items and the a large greenhouse complex used for production and research. Each year AGRIscapes hosts thousands of school children on field trips to our Children’s Garden and Petting Farm along with tours of the Center.
A great place to host your event
The AGRIscapes Visitor Center is a 3000 square foot facility designed to accommodate up to 100 people for events such as conferences, small parties, staff retreats, banquets, or any type of small gathering.
Also available for special events is the Courtyard Picnic Area, Children’s Garden and Petting Farm.
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Connecting children to healthy foods
Learning about healthy, tasty foods that can be grown at home is an influential part of nutrition education. The Children’s Garden at Cal Poly Pomona is designed to allow kids to ‘Learn by Doing’ as they experience first-hand how plants grow through fun and interactive demonstrations. Field trips also offer innovative ways for students to create a home garden even if you only have room for a few pots and containers. Children that learn at a young age the value of working the soil, planting seeds and harvesting a great tasting tomato are much more likely to explore other fresh vegetables at home.
The Children’s Garden Outreach Program is looking for donors interested in helping to provide funds to assist schools to send their students on a field trip to Cal Poly Pomona. Of special interest is to serve children in underprivileged areas who would otherwise be unable to visit. Your assistance is a great way to build healthy minds and bodies.
Pet and feed adorable farm animals
Danny’s Farm is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by former Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Gott and his wife Cathy, in honor of their son, Danny, who is autistic. As a child, Danny was drawn to animals. Danny’s Farm was created to offer a safe and nurturing petting farm and social environment for children and adults with autism or other developmental disabilities.
Danny’s Farm provides a petting zoo at the Farm Store at Cal Poly Pomona, which is available for school field trips or private parties. The zoo also is open to the public nearly every Saturday from March through October. Danny’s Farm also offers a mobile petting zoo for parties and events around Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
October 7th & 8th, 2017
The Pumpkin Festival is a two-day event held every October at AGRIscapes, Cal Poly Pomona.
Started in 1991, the festival has become a very popular event, drawing thousands of visitors to pick pumpkins from a patch at AGRIscapes. The Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture grows 80,000 pumpkins for the event.
The festival also features a corn maze that is specially grown for the occasion, horse rides, and a petting zoo. Visitors can compete and play games run by student clubs or listen to live music. Food and drinks are available to purchase from vendors.
The huge pumpkin patch will remain open daily until October 30th. Field trips are also available beginning October 10th, sign ups begin August 2017.
Live music, great food, and family fun!
Join us for an event full of activities at AGRIscapes. There will be plenty of pick your own berries and vegetables.
Admission is FREE!
Kids will enjoy all the activities including a petting farm and animal rides.
Check back later for the 2017 festival date (to be determined).
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Spring Harvest Dinner
Farm to Table Dinner Event
April 22nd, 2017
The Spring Harvest dinner was started in 2015 as a celebration of agriculture, featuring local chefs cooking foods grown locally, including some raised by agriculture students at Cal Poly Pomona using sustainable practices.
For more information and ticket sales visit the Spring Harvest Farm 2 Table event website.
Spring is a great time to visit the Farm. The weather is great, plants are growing, the animals are happy and the Strawberries are oh so good! Everybody eats, and developing an understanding of where our food comes from and how to eat healthy is critical to learn at a young age.
This year we are launching an expanded program of Field Trips with the theme - 'Spring on the Farm' with a variety of new and enhanced activities to enjoy. Activities are grouped around four key areas detailed below, all designed to expose and connect students to the food they eat in a fun and interactive program. Also, new this year is the creation of curriculum designed to meet California State Education Standards.
The garden is a fun, hands-on place to discover how plants grow, the importance of agriculture, growing food at home and how eating fresh is eating healthy.
Come learn about all our wonderful farm animals. You can pet, feed and brush them as well as learn some fascinating facts about what makes them unique.
A discussion of how the vegetables we eat are grown for market concludes with the ultimate hands-on lesson, picking a basket of ripe, juicy strawberries from the field.
We’ll take a fun ride in a tractor-pulled wagon to explore how small urban farms are helping to meet our desire for fresh, healthy, locally grown foods.
Spring on the Farm Field Trips have been designed to be both fun and educational, meeting California State Educational Standards. We have developed curriculum modules to correspond with each of the four key activity areas. You are able to pick and choose which areas to participate and the program in each can be adjusted to meet your individual needs either fully compliant with the curriculum or less structured is that is not a concern.
Some of the topics we will cover include: Introduction to Plant Growth, Insects – Pollinators and Pests, Nutrition - Fresh from the Garden, The Secrets of Livestock Teeth, You Can dress in Sheep’s Clothing, How Strawberries Grow, and Growing Food in an Urban Environment. All of our curriculum materials will be available for you to take to use in the classroom.
Reserving A Field Trip
Online Sign-Ups Available Now
Field Trips Run Wednesdays - Fridays beginning April 5th, 2017
Reservations for Spring on the Farm Field Trips are required for groups, Individuals may participate on a space available basis. Groups are responsible to provide adult supervisors at all times. There is no charge for 1 teacher and 1 aide per school class for all activities except Strawberry Picking.
Children’s Garden - $4 per person
Allow 30 minutes
From bees to worms & roots to blossoms, the all new garden is a wonderful place for children to learn about fresh healthy foods from the ground up - plus they all get to plant a sunflower or vegetable seed grow at home.
Petting Farm - $4 per person Allow 30 minutes
Children love learning about our friendly farm animals that include miniature horses, sheep, dairy calf, several breeds of goats and rabbits. Lessons explain what they eat, their unusual teeth and other ways animals are unique from people.
Pick-Your-Own Strawberries - $4 per person Allow 30 minutes
Begins with a fun discussion of America’s favorite fruit, the benefits of locally grown foods and how to pick the perfect berry. Each participant will be able pick a 1 lb. pint basket to take home – additional baskets are $4.
Farm Tour - $2 per person Allow 20 minutes
Climb aboard the tractor-pulled wagon ride for a tour of our Urban Farm at AGRIscapes, including a lively discussion of how food is now being grown in the center of some of the most populated cities in America. Space is limited additional adults based on availability.
Package Discount - Pick any 3 or 4 activities and get $1 off the total price
Picnic Area and Tables - Available on a First-Come Basis without charge
Sandwiches & Beverages may be Pre-Ordered by Contacting the Farm Store at (909) 869-4906
HOW LONG IS A FIELD TRIP?
Usually between 1 ½ - 2 hours but the length of time depends on the activities you choose and if you will take a snack or lunch break. Picnic tables are provided on a first-come basis. We request that you arrive 15 minutes PRIOR to your reservation time to allow for check-in.
WHAT ABOUT PARKING?
Buses and cars will have Free parking, directions and information will be provided in advance. Look for signs upon entering AGriscapes on South Campus Drive.
DO YOU REQUIRE LIABILITY WAIVER FORMS?
Yes, ALL field trip participants including adults must fill out and return the Liability Waiver form that will be provided – one per family. Unfortunately we will not be able to allow those without the completed forms to participate. These may also be downloaded from the website.
WHAT METHODS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
Payment can be made with Cash, Check (Payable to the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation) or Credit Card. Refunds are not possible.
CAN WE PURCHASE ADDITIONAL STRAWBERRIES?
Absolutely! Very often parents and others accompanying field trips will pick and purchase additional Strawberries from the field. The price is $4 / pint.
WHAT ELSE IS AVAILABLE?
Additional Pick-Your-Own crops are seasonably available including several types of vegetables and berries. Also the Cal Poly Farm Store offers a large selection of produce grown by students here on campus.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
The Farm at AGRIscapes Outreach Center is located at 4102 S. University Dr. Pomona, CA 91768. Enter on South Campus Drive from the corner of Temple Avenue.Get Directions
Fall Pumpkin Patch Field Trips
Pumpkin Patch Field Trips for October 2017 - Sign ups begin in August
Fall Field trips to the Pumpkin Patch are even better this year with over 50,000 Pumpkins in the field, Danny’s Farm Petting Farm and our huge and confusing Corn Maze. Activities may be selected individually or in a discount package, advance reservations required.
Workshops and Classes
AGRIscapes is a great place to learn!
Since it’s opening in 2016, AGRIscapes has hosted many workshops, classes and seminars including significant presentations of Academic Research. Upcoming programs include training on Wine Tasting and Master Composting. Contact us for more information on upcoming activities or to inquire about presenting you program at our facility.
Visitor Center Availability
Community Supported Agriculture fresh to you!
Cal Poly Pomona Farm
Here at Cal Poly Pomona, the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture has been cultivating over 500 varieties of fruit, vegetables and other agriculture crops since 1938.
While providing education in agriculture, nutrition, plant and food science to students, the College has also connected to local farmers and provided wheat and corn for livestock feed and supplied a variety of seasonal produce to the Farm Store located at AGRIscapes.
Poly Pack is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprise that provides customers with Cal Poly’s high quality seasonally fresh fruits and vegetabless – from our land to your hand! Poly Pack can be picked up on a bi-weekly schedule. Please order before 3:30pm on the day of to pick up for that day.
Where: University Quad (next to building 97, Marketplace)
When: 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Price: $25 (includes a mix of produce and occasionally flowers and herbs) for a large (12-14lbs) pack and $15 for a half pack.
Contact: Mary Romo at (909) 979-6971 or email@example.com
Pick up schedule: Bi-weekly (schedule below)
*If you are unable to make the pick-up schedule, you may get your Poly Pack at AGRIscapes, next to the Farm Store. Please make arrangements with Mary Romo at (909) 979-6971.
Please pick your Poly Pack first and then apply your discount code.
Meet the Farmers
From our Hydroponic Greenhouses, Farmer Monica Salembier gives us our tomatoes, Butter lettuce, herbs and much more all year round. Her greenhouses are not only experimental/research labs for our produce, but also teach students to grow plants hydroponically (without the use of soil). The hydroponic farm supplies produce, plants, and flowers to the Farm Store and now for Poly Pack throughout the year.
Our 500 acre farm includes Pine Tree Ranch in Santa Paula, Spadra Ranch in Pomona, AGRIscapes located on campus, and the Chino Ranch which is maintained by Farm Manager Dave Matias farm crew, and students. They grow a variety of food that includes onions, strawberries, corn, pumpkins, peppers, squash, avocados, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, and much more, depending on season.
From the CPP Farm to your table, we provide freshly picked fruits and vegetables.