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California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter

December 2019 Newsletter
by Lori Bright

Photo by Joe Sabol.
What a feast! Photo by Joe Sabol.

Next Meetings:

January 11th is our yearly Pruning Demonstration and Hands-on workshop. When you come to this meeting, be sure to bring all the tools of our trade.

Dean Harrell will be our "Guest Pruner" this year. Dean is an instructor of Agriculture at Cuesta College and has helped out during maintenance days in the CRFG Demonstration Orchard.

February 22nd will be our fabulous Scion Exchange. Please note the date, it will be the 4th Saturday of the month. I can’t wait, how about you? Be sure to check out our calendar on our website for all the details, and be sure to tell all of your friends to come.

December Meeting:

Well another fun year comes to a close. What a great group of folks to spend time with, and this December gathering proved no different.

Thanks to Joe and Art for the wonderful Slide Show that we got to watch during our lovely dinner. Thanks to Marv, Pet and Eric Daniels for the use of the PG&E Center.

Thanks again and again to Elaine, Karen and Evelyn for the great spread of yummies at this and every gathering that we have throughout the year.

Thank you, Karen! Photo by Sheri Thompson
Thank you, Evelyn! Photo by Sheri Thompson
Larry announces the nominees. Photo by Joe Sabol.


Nell reminds us that we have the Scion exchange coming up in February and we should pre-order rootstock now to receive our discounts.

Dara, Dara thanks so much for the beautiful job on the website, you are amazing!

All the nominees for positions for the year 2020 were voted in and we are prepped for another stupendous and successful year.

The raffle was a great success. Wow, there must have been at least one plant per person there to win. I, myself won a Rose Apple and a Kai Apple. What did you win? If you didn’t attend, let me let you in on what plants you missed out on:

Apples, Avocados, Macadamia, Cherimoya, feijoa, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Figs, Pineapples, Kai Apples, Rose Apples, Surinam Cherries, Lucumas, Strawberry Guavas, Loquats, Peruvian Passifloras, Pepino dulce, Guabiyu, Mango, Bananas, Dragon Fruit, Sapotes and Fingerlimes. Very Cool!

Photo by Sheri Thompson
Photo by Sheri Thompson
We eat, we listen, we learn. Photo by Joe Sabol.


Thanks to all that brought food to this yearly Pot Luck. The food was truly great. As we ate, we got to listen to the incredible speaker from Kellogg Garden Products, Gisele Schoniger. Gisele is a graduate of Cal Poly and began her career working with agricultural chemicals and specifically fertilizers. After years of testing the waters of Ag jobs, she landed in her true-calling. She now works for Kellogg Garden Products. Kellogg’s products are all OMRI listed (Organically certified).

Giselle tells us all about soil. Photo by Joe Sabol.

Gisele spoke to us about soil. Here is a snippet of what we learned:

What is Dirt? A. A mineral based and biologically challenged substrate.

What is Soil? A. Soil is teaming with life. Soil can fight off disease pressures & soil holds nutrients. Kelloggs creates amendments and potting soils, that as a company, is moving towards sustainability. Some of the additions to their soil mixes are: Forest Products, Worm Castings, Bat Guano, Chicken Manure, Mychorrhizae and kelp.

The roots of our plants have a symbiotic relationships with the micro-organisms living in our soil. The organic additives in Kellogg’s products feed those micro-organisms. These Micro-organisms produce food for our plants. Our plants then excrete exudates that feed the micro-organisms and Voila, an amazing circle of life.

Gisele likes to call it “The Original World Wide Web.”


 


2019

Nov
November Meeting: Carol and Robert Scott's Home Garden   -   CRFG Booth at SLO Arbor Day 2019   -   Orchard Work Day: October 26, 2019   -   Donations of Apple Trees Grafted by Marv Daniels and Tucker Schmidt   -   Website Updates   -   EcoSlo Guided Hikes
Oct
October Meeting: Rick Tibben's Home Garden   -   Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival 2019   -   Master Gardeners' Fall Festival 2019   -   YouTube Video: How To Never Have A Serious Poison Oak/Ivy Rash Again!
Sept
September Meeting: Bartleson Ranch
August
No August Meeting: CRFG's Foothill Chapter hosted the 2019 Festival of Fruit!
July
July Meeting: 2nd Annual Fruit Tasting in the CRFG Demonstration Orchard   -   Orchard Work Day: June 29, 2019   -   Website Update: Orchard Map Updated
June
June Meeting: Gabriel Frank's Demonstration Garden   -   Larry's 3.5 Pound Cherimoya   -   "The Last of His Kind Farming Fruit in the Silicon Valley:" Andy Mariani
May
May Meeting: Barbara and Mathew Forbes' Gardens   -   Jujubes and Macadamias added to the "Fruiting Plants that Grow in the Central Coast Area" webpage   -   May 2019 Update from the San Luis Obispo Agricultural Commissioner
Apr
April Meeting: Jack Swords' Orchards   -   Orchard Workday April 20, 2019   -   April 2019 Update from the San Luis Obispo Agricultural Commissioner
Mar
March Meeting: Meet The Grafting Magicians!   -   New Pest: Plum Bud Gall Mite Fact Sheet
Feb
Meeting: February 16, 2019: Annual Scion Exchange and Grafting Party
Jan
Annual Pruning Workshop with guest pruner Tom Spellman
 

2018

Dec
December Holiday Party   -   The Art of Hoshigaki
Nov
November Meeting: Tucker and Keri Schmidt's Home Garden   -   John Salisbury on starting a Wine Grape Operation
Oct
October Meeting: Mallard Lake Ranch Kiwi Farm!   -   2018 CRFG Central Coast Chapter Awards Scholarships   -   Successful booth events at Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival and the Master Gardeners' Fall Fruit Festival
Sep
September Meeting: Fruit Salad Bowl Extravaganza!   -   CRFG Demonstration Orchard Work Day   -   New Tool Shed for the Orchard!
Aug
Xerces Society talk on pollinator conservation
July
No July Meeting: CRFG Santa Clara Chapter hosted the 2018 Festival of Fruit!
June
June Meeting: The Central Coast Grown, City Farm SLO
May
May Meeting: Las Pilitas Nursery   -   Announcing new "Plant Exchange" CRFG CCC Google Group
Apr
April Meeting: SLO Food Bank Warehouse   -   One Man Responsible for Roughly Half of US’s stone Fruit Collection   -   Christine Chiu Shares Her 2018 Annual Scion Exchange Photos
Mar
Annual Propagation Meeting with Grafting Seminar Extraordinaire!   -   Marv and Tucker graft apple trees for non-profits
Feb
2018 Annual Scion Exchange And Grafting Workshop   -   Gleanings From the Past: Marv Daniel's Journey in Apple Grafting
Jan
2018 Annual Pruning Workshop   -   Dr. Lauren Garner's 8 Tips for Successful Backyard Deciduous Fruit Tree Pruning
 

2017

Dec
December Holiday Party   -   Bee Better! Presentation on Bees by Marcel Mueller   -   EcoFarm's Seed & Scion Swap on Jan 25
Nov
November Meeting at the home of Claudia Callwood and Joe Berkman: Ron Ludekens from L. E. Cooke speaks about Bare-Root Fruit Trees   -   CRFG Education Booth at the SLO Arbor Day Celebration
Oct
October Meeting: Sharing "Our Favorite Fruits" with the members of the SLO Botanical Gardens
Sep
September Meeting: Tim and Judelon LaSalle: A New Paradigm for Soil Health   -   Recent Updates to Website
Aug
August Meeting: Les Ferreira's Garden and Introduction to the Art of Bonsai   -   2017 Scholarship Awardees   -   Announcements   -   Recent Updates to Website
Jun
Remembering Art Henzgen   -   June Meeting: Redstone Apple Ranch   -   Recent Updates to Website
Feb
Pictures from 2017 Annual Scion Exchange
Jan
January meeting: Annual Pruning Workshop

 

2016- Year of the Edible Landscape, A to Z, Apples to Zapotes, San Luis Obispo CA

Dec
Holiday Potluck Luncheon Recap
Mar/Apr
Members encouraged to join in Festival of Fruit 2016 planning   -   Demonstration Orchard pruning workday in February   -   Annual Scion Exchange in February   -   Annual Propagation meeting announcement March 12   -   Semi-Dwarf rootstock R 225 - OHXF 333 arrival
Jan/Feb
Festival of Fruit planning   -   Annual pruning meeting   -   Annual Scion Exchange reminder

 

2015- Year of the Drought Tolerant Fruits, San Diego CA

Nov/Dec
November chapter meeting at Hearst Castle   -   Faux rock workshop   -   Annual holiday meeting announcement   -   Request for Festival of Fruit 2016 planners and volunteers   -   Request for membership renewals
Sep/Oct
September chapter meeting at SLO Botanical Gardens   -   October chapter meeting: Les' garden tour; 3 Cal Poly students awarded scholarships   -   July chapter meeting: Peter and Gabrielle Robins' garden tour; Art Henzgen honored   -   Growing sapotes on the central coast   -   San Diego Festival of Fruit write-up; Art DeKleine honored   -   Master Gardeners' Tomato Extravaganza write-up
Jul/Aug
July mtg announcement   -   No August meeting due to San Diego Festival of Fruit   -   Listserv announcement   -   May chapter meeting: Don and Roxy James' blueberry orchard   -   June chapter meeting: Barney, Alisha and Ky Taff- jujubes at Rock Front Ranch
May/Jun
May and June meeting announcments   -   April chapter meeting at the Avila Barn   -   Request for volunteers to maintain the CRFG orchard at Cal Poly

 

2014- HOS / NAFAX / CRFG Joint Meeting, Troutdale Oregon


No newsletters in 2014!

 

2013- Year of the Hawaiian Fruit, Hawai'i

Mar/Apr
VermiCompost/worm castings   -   Pruning demo from "guest pruner" Mike Cirone   -   This history of Corned Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes   -   2013 Scion Exchange and Grafting Clinic   -   The Blueberry Years book review
Jan/Feb
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2012 - Year of the Heirloom Fruit, Santa Rosa

Nov/Dec
Write-ups for the Festival of Fruit 2012: "Year of the Heirloom" and 2nd annual Heirloom Exposition   -   Excerpted from “Of Gardens” from The Essays or Counsels of Sir Francis Bacon   -   Persimmon Cookie Recipe   -   Making apple juice at SLO Creek Farms   -   How to deal with peach leaf curl   -   Access Amazon.com for your purchases via the link on this page of the CRFG website and a small percentage of your purchase price will be given to CRFG.
Sep/Oct
UCCE Master Gardeners' Sixth Annual Tomato Extravaganza   -   Websites to purchase inexpensive grafting supplies   -   Local Food Purchase Program   -   Plants in Mythology   -   Gluten Free Banana Muffins   -   Book review of Mary Moss-Sprague's (Master Gardener and osteoarthritis sufferer) new book Stand Up and Garden   -   Write-up of July meeting at Joe Sabol's garden
Jul/Aug
House Guests of the Feathered (Barn Owl) Kind   -   Passing of Clifford Chapman   -   CRFG Scholarships   -   Aroma Tea Shop in San Francisco   -   Compost Donation for CRFG Central Demonstration Orchard   -   Careful Use of Rodenticides   -   Fresh Apple Cake Recipe   -   Book review of Chemistry and Applications of Green Tea   -   Food in History: Kimch'i   -   Peach Leaf Curl
May/Jun

Mar/Apr
Write-up of the Central Coast Chapter's Annual Scion Exchange in February, with a Tribute to "Dr. D"   -   Grafting Lessons for Students   -   In Memory of Gene Santos   -   Avocado Database   -   Book review of The Year 1000, What Life Was Like at The Turn of the First Millennium   -   Recipe for Spiced Sautéed Carrots with Pecans   -   Book review of Golden Gate Gardening ... San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California   -   January Pruning with Guest Pruner Professor Dan Lassanske: "every branch, every year!"
Jan/Feb
The Garden of the Seven Sisters   -   Treasure Hunt in See Canyon: the Perfect Apple of Dr. D   -   Tree Collards   -   New CRFG Inc., Marketplace Managers   -   First ever CRFG Central Chapter Scholarships Awarded   -   PG&E Community Service Award given to CRFG Central Chapter for Apple Grafting Project   -   Los Olivos Rotary Club Foundation donation buys rootstock for Apple Grafting Project   -   CRFG Central Demonstration Orchard pampered with compost and straw   -   In Memory of Dr. Tom Ruehr   -   Cranberries   -   Evelyn's Berry Buttermilk Frozen Dessert

 

2011 - Year of the Pomegranate, Arizona

Sep/Oct
Lawns to Food Demonstration Garden   -   Purslane: Weed or Food?   -   3 Dragon Fruit Blossoms   -   News from Owen Baynham   -   Marketplace Manager Opening   -   Story: Help When It's Needed   -   Mehe's Rice Salad Recipe   -   Oranges and Lemons in Britain   -   Film review of Pranzo di Ferragosto   -   July meeting: Blackburn Ranch in Bradley   -   Scholarship Awards   -   Olive Trees in Iraq and SLO   -   August meeting: Chapman Estate in Pismo Beach; Bob Ludekens educates us on "chill hours"
Jul/Aug
Veteran Farmers: veterans across the country are joining the agricultural movement as they retire from the military and return home to farm   -   News from Slovakia   -   The New Central Coast Chapter Plant Exchange   -   New Scholarship Program for Cal Poly Ag majors   -     -  
May/Jun
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Mar/Apr
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2010 Volume 13 - Year of the Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit, Los Angeles

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2009 Volume 12 - Year of the Olive

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2005 Volume 8 - Year of the Apple

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2004 Volume 7 - Year of the Berry

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2001 Volume 4 - Year of the Guava

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