Whittier College History Orchard Project

In May 2019, the “California’s Golden Brew” project team planted a 64-coffee plant micro-orchard. For over a year, we have consulted with Team Member Scott Murray, sustainable agriculture expert and farm manager at Mraz Ranch. Murray trained at the famed UC Santa Cruz Agroecology Program (https://casfs.ucsc.edu) and has decades of expertise in organic farming and coffee- avocado intercropping. Fissore, Soltani, and Zappia have interviewed Murray, has played a prominent role in their video documentary. Murray recently visited the campus as a short-term Fellow in the SUrF sustainability workshop series (10/5-10/6) to help design and plant the new campus orchard. Murray advised members of Whittier College Facilities on best practices and planting techniques and will periodically visit the orchard to provide follow-up advice.