We're Committed to Learn by Doing. Are you?
In 2009, 11 innovative agriculture leaders who recognize the distinct advantage of a hands-on education came together to form the Learn by Doing Endowment to support the college’s renowned tradition of excellence. These generous philanthropists are committed to supporting the next generation of students and ensuring the future for Learn by Doing in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES). Each founding member donated a gift of $100,000 to create a fund of $1.1 million that is used to multiply the impact of their original gifts through matching endowments.
Due to the available matching funds from the generous founding members, you can establish a $25,000 CAFES Learn by Doing Endowment for only $12,500*. Now you have the opportunity to pay it forward and honor yourself or a designee in perpetuity.
+ $12,500 Endowment Matching Funds
* Plus 5% gift processing fee
“Through their hands-on polytechnic education, Cal Poly students graduate with more pertinent real-world experience than many of their counterparts.”
College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences
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“Learn by Doing means getting your hands dirty and your mind engaged.
I’m proud to support the future leaders in this industry.”
Learn by Doing Endowment Founding Partner
President and CEO of Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville, Calif.
Learn by Doing
Every day in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, students are inspired by what they experience in labs, enterprise classes, senior projects, special problems courses and more. Some of those valuable experiences include:
A new 14 musculo-skeletal specimen lab for anatomy and physiology in animal science courses
New chocolate molds and immersion blenders for food science production labs
Tank fermenters for use in wine and viticulture undergraduate research and senior projects
Dissecting microscopes for the plant pathology lab and postharvest research lab in horticulture and crop science classes
Hand-held measuring instruments, such as clinometers, compasses and diameter tapes used in all GIS (geographic information systems) courses taught at Cal Poly, the majority of which are led by natural resources management and environmental sciences faculty
Scholarships for students to attend conferences and competitions, including the Agriculture Future of America’s Annual Leaders Conference
Join these generous Founding Members in support of Cal Poly's Learn by Doing experiences
(’75 Agricultural Business)
Mission Produce, Inc.
Charles and Diane Harrington
(’81 Agricultural Engineering; ’81 Ornamental Horticulture / '83 MS Agriculture)
Richard and Kathleen Zacky (’79 Poultry Industry;
’80 Food Science)
Al and Gail Montna
(’67 Farm Management;
’67 Home Economics)
Rick and Tonya Antle
(’79 Crop Science)
Tanimura and Antle, Inc.
Mitchell W. Metzler
RCO Ag Credit, Inc/Glenn N Janzen
John and Sheila Lake
Rain for Rent
Bob and Leslie Taylor
The Oreggia Family Foundation
John and Carol Salmonson
(’67 Crop Science)
Monterey Ag Resources
Ed and Rosa Boutonnet
(’62 Crop Science)
Ocean Mist Farms
We’d like to say a special thanks to the following who have taken the challenge and created Learn by Doing Endowments through this program.
Kirk & Mary Messick
Charles M. Burkner
The Deane Family
The Bannon Family
The ABM/NAMA Club
RCO Ag Credit, Inc.
Susan & Robert Brown
Lark P. Carter
Anthony J. Florentine
Paul F. Burkner
A. Lynn & Ruth D. French
Timothy E. & Lisa York
The Errecarte Family
Peter & Marry Oppenheimer
The Pease Family
Merle & Sharon Jensen
Sonya Woods Anderson
Lynn White & Mary Bradford-White
The Messick Family