Tending the Farm

By AnnMarie Cornejo

Photo by Jean Paul Molyneux

If something breaks in the middle of the night somewhere amid Cal Poly’s 6,500 acres of farmland, Kevin Piper is the one that gets the call. Piper is director of agricultural operations at Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). Working with a small team of six hard-working and dedicated staff, Piper manages the college’s natural resources and maintains farm and ranchland infrastructure, such as irrigation systems, fences, and the university’s massive agricultural composting operation.

“We do our best to serve CAFES and the university by ensuring that the infrastructure associated with farm and ranchlands support the educational and applied research programs for our faculty and students,” he said.

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