Our goal is to increase the sustainability of the California strawberry industry through research and education that addresses industry needs.
The Center is a partnership between the California Strawberry Commission (CSC) and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Formed in 2013 through a memorandum of understanding, the Center began taking shape in 2014 with the hiring of a director, plant pathologist, research associate and part-time administrative coordinator. The initial team began conducting research on soilborne pathogens and fumigation alternatives, two pressing issues facing the industry. In the span of five years, the Center has expanded its research reach to three main programs, plant pathology, entomology and automation.
In its five years, the Center has secured over $1.3M in extramural funding and over $400K in gifts to conduct 114 projects. Cal Poly’s Learn-By-Doing philosophy fits seamlessly with the Center’s mission, and more than 75 students have received industry-related work experience, 20 have landed paid internships, and 21 senior projects and six master’s theses have been mentored by Center staff.
Come Visit Us
Exit Hwy 101 at Hwy 1 North Morro Bay/Santa Rosa St. Proceed through several stop lights, approximately 2 miles, to Highland Drive, make a RIGHT. Turn LEFT after one 1/2 of a mile on Mt. Bishop Road, proceed about 3/4 mile to building 83, Technology Park on your LEFT side. The Strawberry Center is located on the first floor, room 104 and 105. PLEASE PARK IN A VISITOR SPOT.