Central Coast Chapter CRFG

Events Calendar

Our Best CRFG Manners While Visiting Homes, Nurseries, Growers, etc.
1. We never bring pets to meetings/tours and we never even ask if we may!
2. We do our best to use public facilities or our own restroom before the meeting.
3. We do our best not to ask to go inside the hosts’ home.
4. We never pick fruit, flowers, foliage, weeds, seed pods and we never even ask.
5. We do our best to car pool and park with great respect to our host and the neighborhood.
6. We never talk when our host is talking. We do our best to stay up close when given a tour.
7. We never “take over” the tour and tell everyone how we do it at our home!!
8. We have thoughtful questions but try not to ask questions that embarrass our host.
9. We do our best to help our host feel good, feel appreciated. We clean up our mess.
10. We stay on the path, with our host …and never go walking around on our own unless given permission by the host.
11. At the end of the tour, we make a special effort to thank the host. We “gather up” and have some sort of “closure” to the tour.
12. We even write thank you notes when we get home, especially if we asked a lot of questions, were impressed, were surprised, were treated well. We write thank you notes even when we are not the leader!

October Chapter Meeting

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Event: Favorite Rare Fruits for SLO County

Picture of cherimoya, jujubes, feijoa, macademia nuts, and dragon fruit

This is our yearly co-meeting with the SLO Botanic Garden members!

CRFG Central Coast Chapter members will share knowledge of their favorite fruits and how they grow them in this area.

Learn about JuJubes, Cherimoyas, Macadamias, Citrus, Feijoa, and Dragon Fruit!

Presentation is free for CRFG members, $5 for Garden members, and $10 for the public.

Location: San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.
The Botanical Garden is located in El Chorro Regional Park. They are across Highway 1 from Cuesta College.

Time: 1 p.m.: Refreshments and socializing. Last names A- H please bring refreshments.
1:30 p.m.: Meeting begins.
2:30 p.m.: Free, docent-led tour of the Botanical Garden.

Bring: Wear appropriate footwear, a hat, and sunscreen if you are going on the garden tour at 2:30.

Tom Spellman Speaks on "Backyard Orchard Culture"

Saturday, November 4th, 2017


Picture of Tom Spellman

Tom Spellman "Backyard Orchard Culture" Clinic

Tom Spellman, from Dave Wilson Nursery, will talk about fruit growing for the home gardener, made simple and easy. Learn how to keep your trees manageable and how to get fruit all season long!

This event is not affiliated with CRFG- we just thought you'd like to know about it. Note that Tom Spellman will be our guest pruner at our pruning clinic in January!
Location: SLO Farm Supply, 224 Tank Farm Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA

Time: 10 a.m. - Noon

November Chapter Meeting

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Picture of a bare root tree

Ron Ludekens Discusses "The Bare Root Fruit Tree - Selection and Care."

After a quick walking tour of the garden/orchard of our hosts Claudia and Joe Caldwell, we will listen to our guest speaker. Ron Ludekens, the President and CEO of L.E. Cooke Nursery in Visalia, will tell us all about bare root fruit trees.

Location: Home of Claudia and Joe Caldwell, at 12215 Cenegal Road, Atascadero.

Time: 1 p.m.: Refreshments and socializing.
1:30 p.m.: Meeting begins.

Bring: The meeting will be outside in partial shade. Please wear appropriate footwear, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Members and guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs.
Please leave your pets at home.

December Chapter Meeting and Potluck Holiday Meal

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Picture of potluck table

December Chapter Meeting and Potluck Holiday Meal

Main dish will be provided by the Chapter. After the meal, there will be a brief program, "Decorating cup cakes for the holiday season." Speaker: Elaine Rathbun and Daughter, Angela.

After the program, there will be a plant exchange and sale. Members are encouraged to bring fruiting plants to donate to the exchange and sale. Please do not bring citrus trees to this event.

Location: PG&E Energy Education Center, 6588 Ontario Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA.

Time: 12 p.m.
Bring: Members and guests are encouraged to bring a side dish, salad or dessert.

Members are encouraged to bring fruiting plants to donate to the exchange and sale.
Please do not bring citrus trees to this event.
Please leave your pets at home.

January 2018 Chapter Meeting: Pruning Clinic

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Event: Pruning Clinic
This is our annual pruning clinic, open to the public! No RSVP needed.
This year's guest speaker is Tom Spellman from Dave Wilson Nursery!

Location: Building 17, the "Crops Unit" on the campus of Cal Poly, SanLuis Obispo, CA. The Crops Unit is at the corner of Highland and Mt. Bishop Road, on the western edge of main campus. Best to enter campus on Highland, directly off of Highway 1. Parking is free in the dirt parking lot.

Time: 1 p.m.: Refreshments and socializing.
1:30 p.m.: Meeting begins with brief business announcements. Open to the public.
2:00 p.m.: Program begins, Tom Spellman, Guest Pruner and Presenter!! Open to the public.
After giving demonstration and few principles, the meeting will adjourn to CRFG Demonstration Orchard on campus, short walk from meeting location. Members and guests will be encouraged to prune one or more deciduous fruit trees under supervision of Mr. Tom Spellman.

Weather: Light rain will not cancel this event. Pruning workshop is outside, in the orchard!

Bring: Please bring your own pruning tools, drinking water, and folding chair.
Please leave your pets at home.


CRFG CC Planning Committee tentative future meetings and ideas planning worksheet.
This document is used by the planning committee to share dates and ideas for future events. Dates on this worksheet are tentative. Use the calendar above to see confirmed CRFG CC events.

CRFG Central Coast Rideshare Email Group

Email group for sharing rides to CRFG Central Coast meetings and events: