The Central Coast ChapterJoin Us | About Us | Pruning | Scholarships | Chapter Board Members
We strongly encourage everyone with an interest in fruit trees to join the CRFG organization. You will find the membership application for the CRFG organization, as well as information about obtaining the local chapter newsletter, in this CRFG membership application.
The Central Coast Chapter learns from a wide variety of speakers and programs. We visit members' homes, gardens, and orchards. We tour commercial operations. We enjoy eating lots of fresh fruits and nuts!!
Our definition of "Rare Fruit" is rather open. Some of our members have only one or two fruit trees and are trying to get more fruit from these trees! Others own orchards and may run businesses based on those orchards. We have popular plant exchanges at several of our meetings and this is a great way to get started or add to your collection of fruit trees.
Guests and visitors are always welcome at our meetings. Our typical attendance at monthly meetings is between 50 and 60 people. We meet on the second Saturday of every month, including the summer months. The meetings usually start at 1:30 p.m. and rotate to a different location nearly every month. Please check out our meeting manners prior to attending.
Learn to Prune
At our January meeting we invite a "guest pruner" to to teach us techniques and tips- then we all go out to our orchard to hone our skills! The Central Coast Chapter has a small "Community Orchard" at Cal Poly with a wide variety of "low-chill" fruit trees donated by Dave Wilson Nursery and Burchell Nursery. Our orchard is an instructional resource for the Chapter and community. We prune the orchard in the winter, and enjoy the fruit all summer and fall.
The Central Coast Chapter has been conducting a "Scholarship Program" for many years. Income from the sale of rootstock, pheromone loops, birdnet and various plant sales helps to fund the program. A small committee of volunteers works with Dr. Lauren Garner, Fruit Science Professor at Cal Poly. She shares the scholarship information and encourages qualified Fruit Science students to apply. The committee then evaluates and scores the applications and recommends those to be granted a scholarship.
This year the chapter awarded eight scholarships!
Dr. Lauren Garner, Cal Poly professor in the department of Horticulture and Crop Science,
said the following about this year's pool of steller applicants:
"I want to thank the CRFG for the time and effort that they continue to give to this scholarship program. This year, I knew that the committee would have a tough time choosing a scholarship winner from among the applicants. It has been a real treat to have all of these students in my classes this year. They are all hard-working students with unique talents and strengths. The committee obviously recognized this too but I was still overwhelmed that the committee and chapter leadership, chose to award scholarships to all of them! I have enjoyed getting to know them and I know the CRFG members will too."
Kaitlyn Garcia, Foster Hengst, Haleigh Jones: $1000 each.
James (Sunny) Brucker, Michaela Chin, Dulce Espinoza-Valdez,
and Kalena Bonnier-Cirone (SLO High School senior who will be attending Cornell in the fall): $500 each.
David Luevano: $100.
All awardees will also receive a one year membership in our organization, the CRFG, Inc., and so will be receiving our bi-montly magazine, the Fruit Gardener.
Four scholarships were awarded of $1000 each! The recipients for 2016 were: Julie Dunbar, Shun Toida, Kathleen Warde, and Rachel Wehrman.
Chapter Officers & Board Members
We elect officers at our January meeting and often elect "Co-Chairs" to share the leadership responsibilities for our chapter. We have our own Board of Directors where long range planning and much of the business of our Chapter is conducted. We have a newsletter that goes to most members by email and to the rest by U.S. Mail.