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California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter

June 2019 Newsletter
by Lori Bright



July 13, 2019 Meeting: 2nd Annual Fruit Tasting in the CRFG Demonstration Orchard.

Joe mannaged to snap a picture of the fruit bowl just before all of the fruit was eaten! Photo by Joe Sabol.

This month we held a fruit sampling meeting at our Fabulous CRFG Demonstration Orchard. We sampled fruits from our “Demo” trees as well as a plethora of home grown fruits. The spread was awesome.

Including: Apple, Apricot, Blackberries, Blueberries, Grapes, Kumquats, Marionberries, Mulberries, Plums, Papaya and Prickly Pear.

Tucker welcomed and thanked everyone for their participation.

We had a lot of new faces this meeting. Whether old or new, there were a lot of smiling faces full of fruit at the orchard.

Manny discusses getting a Guava tree for the orchard with Tucker. Photo by Dara Manker.
Manny explains that in February we'll be grafting to a lot of the trees in the orchard which either do not produce much fruit or fruit of a less than desirable flavor. We'll need volunteers to get scions at the February 2020 Scion Exchange, and then graft to the designated trees! Photo by Joe Sabol.
Manny reads a summary of the early history of the Orchard to the group. Photo by Joe Sabol.

Team Dara and Manny have been doing an absolutely amazing job tending the Demo Orchard.

Irrigation is working and weeds are down and the trees are thriving under your care. Big thanks to Dara and Manny, the orchard looks great!

Dara and Manny shared some insights: On our website there is a map of all the fruit trees in the orchard. This map is so Fab, if you hover over any given tree you will see what variety it is, who dedicated it and when it was planted. (Thanks Gabriel for the donation of the fig trees.) So very cool!

In 1997, along with Cal Poly and the proceeds of the 1996 Festival of Fruits, the Orchard was purchased. Joe Sabol had a Dapple Dandy to plant. Humble beginnings. By 1998 Dave Wilson Nursery donated 54 trees. Today we are nearing in on one hundred trees. Wow.

Manny requested a Guava from the audience, and quickly Tucker offered up one. Don’t we just have the best CRFG crew ever?

Keep an eye on the website as more “Work Days” (read FUN DAYS) are ahead and those dates will be posted on the site.

If you want to do some work yourself at the orchard, or just want to have a good look around, feel free. Be sure to get the new lock code from a member and don’t forget to sign off in the log book before you leave. Thanks again Dara and Manny!

Don’t forget to bring your own propagated plants to our meeting to share with other members.

Ky receives her award from Tucker, and a bouquet of flowers from Nell. Photo by Joe Sabol.
Taylor and Ky display their scholarship awards, flanked by Joe and Tucker.

State Scholarship checks were handed out to two winning contestants chosen from thousands of applicants. Congratulations Taylor Krebs (a graduate of Arroyo Grande High School) and Kyanne Skelton (a graduate from Midland in Los Olivos). Wooo Hoooooo!

Special thanks to Kevin Reimer who visited with his friend from Santa Barbara. Kevin brought Jabotacaba and Pitaya seed to share. We hope the two of you will become regulars, it was fun to have you.


This year’s Festival of Fruit main event location is at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia CA 91007. The Festival of Fruit website is now selling tickets. $75 for CRFG members who register before June 21. festivaloffruit.org. The festival takes place August 17, 18 and 19. This is the year of the Annonaceae. (Coincidentally, Annonaceae is the secret word for our September meeting. Correct pronunciation is required! ;-) ) Don’t miss this year's Festival of Fruit!




Orchard Work Day: June 29, 2019

Pat, Manny, Seth, Jenny, Marv, Steve and Joe pause their work for a group photo. Photo by Dara Manker.

Much was accomplished today: we installed an honorary plaque for Joe Sabol, planted three new fig trees donated by Gabriel Frank, weeded and weed whacked the entire orchard, painted the trunks and limbs of trees to prevent sunburn, cut off suckers, dug up little poison oak plants, filled squirrel holes, and pruned some trees.

We thank all of the volunteers that gathered for a few hours to knock out all of our chores!

There is a new plaque in the Orchard!
Recently one of Cal Poly's Agriculture fruit orchards was razed to make way for a new building. The contractor had noticed an honorary plaque in the orchard and recognized the name of the honoree: Joe Sabol. The contractor gave Joe a call to say he'd saved it and had it at his home. Maino delivered the plaque to Joe, and we installed it in the orchard today under the Dapple Dandy pluot.

Joe and Manny wheel the plaque out to the Dapple Dandy pluot (the first fruit tree ever planted in the orchard.)
With great ceremony, Joe places the plaque under the tree.
An inspiration to all!
Seth, Manny, and Joe pay their respects to a great man.

Figs! Gabriel Frank brought us three fig trees to plant in the Orchard. Wire baskets were put in the holes to protect the roots from marauding gophers. These donations are the first figs to be planted in the orchard.

Fig tree number 1: Grafted Desert King and Mission
Fig tree number 2: Violette de Bordeaux
Fig tree number 3: Panache
Gunde protects the trunks and limbs of trees from the sun with a 50/50 mix of latex paint and water.
Jenny removes a multitude of suckers from the bases of the trees.
Pat hoes the weeds away from around the trees.
Dick prunes dead limbs from the trees.
Seth, Marv, and Steve clear out the weeds from the orchard.

Website Updates

  • The Orchard map has been updated to include the three fig trees donated by Gabriel Frank. Also, the Star Fruit tree that died a while back has been removed. A moment of silence for the Star Fruit, please.

 


2019

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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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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2008 Volume 11 - Year of the Avocado

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2006 Volume 9 - Year of the Grape

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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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2003 Volume 6 - Year of the Citrus

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2002 Volume 5 - Year of the Banana

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2001 Volume 4 - Year of the Guava

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