About

PUMPKIN FEST – Welcome Back to the Farm!

Child carrying a pumpkin

The Pumpkin Festival began almost 30 years ago and has grown into a month-long series of events and activities in October. For nearly three decades the festival become a very popular event, drawing thousands of visitors to pick pumpkins from a patch near the Farm Store. In 2019 AGRlscapes hosted approximately 120,000 visitors for pumpkin related activities making it one of the largest events in the entire CSU. Although 2021, will be downsized considerably.

The Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture grows 40,000 pumpkins 2 Corn Mazes, Sunflower field and brings a Petting Farm. Visitors can compete and play games, listen to live music, visit displays and demonstration from CPP College of Ag clubs and agriculture related organizations. Food and drinks are available to purchase from vendors. Highlights include Cow Milking, Sheep Shearing and working Mills.

AGRIscapes Outreach Center

Aerial view of agriculture

The AGRIscapes Outreach Center was created in 2001 as an Educational Outreach branch of the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona. Located south of the main campus on Temple Avenue, occupying 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 and gift items. The Nursery is a large greenhouse complex used for production and research and sells plants online.

Each Spring and Fall Discovery Farm welcomes over 14,000 school age children to Field Trips. Children learn about farming, nutrition, insects, farm animals and textiles. College of Ag and other CPP students are hired as guides.

The Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Horses running across a field

The Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture is the founding college at Cal Poly Pomona and the only state university agricultural program in Southern California.

Five departments offer a wide range of fields for students to study and earn bachelor’s degrees:

  • Agribusiness & Food Industry Management
  • Animal & Veterinary Science
  • Apparel Merchandising & Management
  • Nutrition & Food Sciences
  • Plant Sciences

The college ranks among the best in the nation in urban agriculture and apparel manufacturing, and among the best in the California State University system in equestrian science, animal veterinary technology and food and nutrition. It offers the only four-year animal veterinary technologist program west of the Mississippi River, and our students have excelled in passing the exams required to become registered dieticians and dietetic technicians.

Our graduate programs offer master’s degrees in agricultural science, animal science, nutrition and food science, and plant science.

Students gain a wealth of hands-on experience in the college’s facilities which cover more than 700 acres of land. They include the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center; three vineyards; cattle, sheep and swine units; an apparel technology research center; agricultural fields and greenhouses; and food labs. See the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse CenterSunday Horse Show Schedule.

For more information about the college, visit www.cpp.edu/agri.

About Cal Poly Pomona

Old stables of Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona is one of only two polytechnic universities in California. It is known for academic excellence, hands-on learning, and affordable tuition fees. Education takes place both within and beyond the classroom, and students tackle real-world challenges, giving them an advantage as career-ready graduates.

Nestled in 1,438 acres on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County, the campus serves more than 25,000 students, faculty and staff who come from diverse backgrounds.

For more about the university, visit www.cpp.edu.

Vendors

Please send an email to pumpkinfestival@cpp.edu for more information.

Volunteer

To volunteer please send a email to pumpkinfestival@cpp.edu. If there is a opportunity to volunteer, you will be contacted. All volunteers must complete and turn in the Cal Poly Pomona and CPP Foundation volunteer forms before coming onsite to volunteer. Those under 18, must have a legal guardian complete the forms and accompany them during their volunteer shift(s).

Bulk Pumpkin Request

If you are interested in purchasing bulk pumpkins, please email us at pumpkinfestival@cpp.edu.

Pumpkin Donation Request

We receive many requests for Donations of Pumpkins each year and although we want to support non-profit groups, we have a limited supply of pumpkins this year. Please send your email request to: pumpkinfestival@cpp.edu.