The Center was established in late 2021 as a public-private partnership, beginning with a $5 million gift from the Grimm family. Cal Poly CAFES provides physical infrastructure and access to students and faculty while center operations are 100% funded through donations, grants, and research contracts. Our mandate is to develop solutions for real-world problems facing California organic agriculture and to provide hands-on training for the next generation of organic leaders.

Mission Statement

To increase organic agricultural acreage in California through research and education that addresses industry needs.

Activity Areas

Improve Organic Nutrient Management
Improve Organic Pest Management
Train Future Organic Leaders and Workers
Educate Marketers, Public, and Policy Makers on Organic Opportunities and Needs

Related Content

Field Day 2023

Dr. Grieshop talking about the flower borders on the farm.

The first Grimm Family Organic Center Field Day held on August 3, 2023.

Learn More

Student Opportunities

Learn about opportunities for students at the Organic Center!

Learn More