Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES)
This Is Reality.

We live in a new reality with exciting opportunities in agriculture, food and environmental sciences.


For generations, we have been training and educating industry leaders who have taken on the challenge to find innovative solutions.


Our students are hard at work. They are analyzing data and using technology to increase the pace of automation. They are working on best management practices and supply chain solutions to ensure a safe food supply. They are engineering solutions to find smarter and more efficient ways to use and conserve water. And this is just the beginning.


Cal Poly's new fundraising campaign — The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing — will allow us to do even more. With your help, we will increase our investment in cutting-edge facilities, enhance hands-on learning opportunities and expand access to applied research.


We believe there is no better place to do this than at Cal Poly, and no better way than through Learn by Doing. This is our opportunity to help shape a new reality — a better world for us all.


Let's unleash the Power of Doing, together.




  • CENTERS FOR EXCELLENCE: We are building for the future. Our students thrive on Learn by Doing opportunities that enable them to create, collaborate and innovate. The Boswell Ag Tech Center, JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture, and George Wurzel Plant Sciences Building will foster applied learning and research that contributes to student success and honors our legacy. Centers of excellence will bring faculty, students and industry together to discover new solutions to complex issues including food safety, natural resources and wildland fire challenges.
  • STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: We are equipping our students with the resources needed to become tomorrow's leaders. Investing in scholarships ensures that we recruit and retain the best and brightest students. Increasing support for our Summer Undergraduate Research Program allows more of our students to work closely with faculty and engage in important research projects that tackle complex issues in agriculture, food and technology. And continuing to build support for Learn by Doing opportunities provides our students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in industry as soon as they graduate.
  • INNOVATION: To spur innovation and solve real-world challenges, we seek to strengthen our ties to industry in the classroom, in the workplace, and in the field through a new Industry Engagement Fund. Investing in Faculty Fellowships will enable our faculty to pursue new areas of applied research and collaboration with industry partners. And a new Dean’s Power of Doing Fund will allow us to move quickly to seize special opportunities, leverage resources, and catalyze partnerships in the rapidly changing agricultural and food industries.
Giving Leaderboard by # of Gifts
We are so excited and inspired by the number of alumni, parents and friends who are giving back to Cal Poly today! Thank you! These giving areas are in the lead by number of gifts made.
Rank Department Gifts
1 Engineering (CENG) 106
2 Liberal Arts (CLA) 78
3 Orfalea College of Business (OCOB) 52
4 Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES) 46
5 Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) 41
6 Alumni Association 29
7 Student Affairs 22
8 Science & Mathematics (COSAM) 20
9 Athletics 16
10 Cal Poly Fund 13
11 Poly Reps 13
12 Scholarships 11
13 Cross Cultural Center 11
14 Spur Change Projects 10
15 Pride Center 9
16 Ambassador Picks 6
17 Cal Poly Cat Program 4
18 Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship 3
19 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic 3
20 Parent Fund 2
21 International Programs 2
22 Kennedy Library 2
23 Open House 1
Giving Leaderboard by $ Raised
Wow! Our Poly Gives donors are so generous and we couldn't be more grateful! These giving areas are in the lead by amount of dollars raised.
Rank Department Raised
1 Engineering (CENG) $17,598.00
2 Orfalea College of Business (OCOB) $9,976.00
3 Liberal Arts (CLA) $8,347.00
4 Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) $6,555.00
5 Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES) $5,780.00
6 Science & Mathematics (COSAM) $4,925.00
7 Alumni Association $4,901.00
8 Athletics $3,425.00
9 Student Affairs $2,385.00
10 Cal Poly Fund $1,670.00
11 Spur Change Projects $1,325.00
12 Scholarships $825.00
13 Poly Reps $795.00
14 Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship $545.00
15 Cross Cultural Center $405.00
16 Pride Center $400.00
17 Cal Poly Cat Program $250.00
18 Parent Fund $200.00
19 Ambassador Picks $191.00
20 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic $150.00
21 International Programs $75.00
22 Kennedy Library $50.00
23 Open House $10.00
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