Learn By Growing: Cal Poly Crops Club Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

Written by Susana Lamb, Crops Club Vice President

The Cal Poly Crops Club is oriented towards serving all agricultural majors. The purpose of Crops Club is to enhance personal and business relationships within the agriculture industry. The club works with other agricultural organizations, such as California Agricultural Pesticide Control Advisors (CAPCA), to keep strong ties with the community and other colleges. Regular events are scheduled throughout the year to promote unity and enable students to socialize and make professional connections.

Throughout the year, Crops Club is involved in various activities. During the summer, the club grows pumpkins on the Cal Poly campus and provides them to local schools in time for Halloween. The club also conducts tours of the pumpkin patch for elementary school children. Club members briefly discuss how the pumpkins are grown and help the young students pick their pumpkins to take home.

Don’t worry about finding the perfect pumpkin; Crops Club has several different varieties and sizes of pumpkins and gourds to choose from, with prices ranging from 50 cents to $9.  Not only is it a great deal, but buyers are also supporting the Cal Poly Crops Club and the Cal Poly Learn by Doing motto. The pumpkin patch is 100 percent student operated and all proceeds go towards Crops Club events throughout the year.  Crops Club Treasurer, Kambree Borzini said, “I like working at the pumpkin patch because I get to be there when families come to pick out pumpkins. It’s a great learning experience for people of all ages and it is fun to use Field 25 as an example of what agriculture is all about.”

The pumpkin patch is open to the public every Saturday of October from 10AM-2PM.  It is located at Field 25 off of Mount Bishop Road, off Highland Drive; follow the signs!

Along with the pumpkin patch, on October 19th-20th and 26th-27th, Crops Club hosts a corn maze located off Highland Drive across from the Crops Unit.  This event is also 100 percent student operated, as students have been involved in growing the corn and designing the maze. Crops Club works hard to promote the corn maze because it is one of their biggest events of the year. Crops Club Secretary, Breanna Lee said, “The corn maze is a fun way for the community to get involved with Cal Poly.  All age groups can enjoy the maze and it is a great way to spend an autumn evening with family and friends.”

The children’s maze will take place from 6PM to dusk. For those looking to end the night with a fright, from dusk till 10PM, the maze transforms into a haunted adventure! The cost to enter the corn maze is as follows: adults $5, children ages 3-12 $3 and children 3 and under get in free.

Also, this Thursday October 18th, the Crops Club will be at Farm City Nights at the SLO Farmer’s Market. As per tradition, there will be pumpkins for sale, games for kids and information on the pumpkin patch and corn maze.  Be sure to stop by and grab a pumpkin! Crops Club greatly appreciates the support of the community.

For more information on the Cal Poly Crops Club and our events, please email us at: cpcropsclub@gmail.com.  Also, don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook at: Cal Poly Crops Club (http://www.facebook.com/CalPolyCropsClub).

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Have a Happy  and Safe Halloween!!

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