Cal Poly to Host Soil Health Assessment Field Day on May 25 in Turlock

May 9, 2017

Contact: Center for Sustainability

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Sustainability will host the second of three Soil Health Assessment Field Days on Thursday, May 25, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Macon Seed in Turlock, California. 

Featured speakers include plant pathologist Joe Mullinax, owner of Denele Analytical, Inc., and Z. Kabir, regional soil health specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. They will be joined by Cal Poly soil science staff. 

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. The final field day in this series will be held on June 22 at Full Belly Farm in Guinda, California. 

For information 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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