Cal Poly to Host Soil Health Assessment Field Day June 22 in Northern California

June 6, 2017

Contact: Center for Sustainability

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Gardeners, large-scale growers and those interested in improving soil health and productivity are invited to attend the third Soil Health Assessment Field Day hosted June 22 in NorthernCalifornia by the Cal Poly Center for Sustainability. 

The field day will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Full Belly Farm in Guinda, located in Capay Valley, northwest of Sacramento. 

The event will feature plant pathologist Joe Mullinax, owner of Denele Analytical Inc., and Z. Kabir, regional soil health specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s National Soil Health Division. They will be joined by Cal Poly soil science staff and host Judith Redmond, owner of Full Belly Farm. 

A number of tools for assessing soil health will be discussed and demonstrated. Special focus will be given to the contribution of biology and organic matter to soil health, as well as how both can currently be measured and how they can be supported through sustainable agricultural management practices. The workshop will benefit anyone interested in improving soil health and productivity — from gardeners to large-scale growers. 

The workshop is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is required. For more details and to register, visit

About the Center for Sustainability 
The Cal Poly Center for Sustainability ( is a cross-disciplinary initiative in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences dedicated to advancing education on sustainable food and agricultural systems through curriculum, professional development and on-farm education. 

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences ( is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.


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