"The purposes of CRFG shall be to encourage and further public and scientific research, education and preservation of plants worldwide that have edible seeds, fruit, leaves, stems or roots." -- CRFG Mission Statement
Central Coast Chapter
California Rare Fruit Growers
What Is CRFG?
What We Do
California Rare Fruit Growers is the largest amateur fruit-growing organization in the world, with members in 48 states and US territories, and in 35 countries.
The CRFG song will tell you why CRFG is for you!
Visit the State CRFG Website:
Annual Scion Exchange
Learn To Graft!
February Mtg: 3rd Saturday
Free to the public!
You'll find rows of tables laden with bags of scions from a wide variety of trees. Choose the scions you want to graft to your trees or rootstock. You'll even find experienced grafters here who will demonstrate multiple ways to graft.
And Other Useful Information
Chapter member notes on growing fruit trees on the Central Coast; identifying low chill fruit trees; explanation of chill hours;
recommended watering techniques; vermacomposting at home; peach leaf curl; CRFG videos, including those of our very own chapter member, the inimitable Joe Sabol.
Central Coast Chapter
Our chapter is one of 22 CRFG chapters. We tour local orchards, learn and teach about grafting and propagating, interact with the agricultural departments at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cuesta College North Campus, and provide student scholarships.
School Grafting Program
Teaching Students How To Graft!
Each year our Chapter educates hundreds of students about the grafting process. We visit schools (primarily high schools) in several counties. We teach the students how to graft an apple scion to rootstock. This program's purpose is to stimulate the interest of young people in growing fruit trees.
Meetings & Events
Our Chapter learns from a wide variety of speakers and programs. We visit members' homes, gardens, orchards, and commercial organizations. We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month, except February when we meet on the 3rd Saturday. Guests and visitors are welcome to meetings (unless otherwise specified).
Over 80 Fruit Trees
Our Demonstration Orchard is located on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Campus off of Highland Drive. From its conception in 1997, it now contains more than 80 trees, many of which are low-chill. The orchard provides an environment to teach pruning, grafting, fruit tasting, and fruit tree care.
Cal Poly Fruit Science Students
Chapter volunteers work with Dr. Lauren Garner, Fruit Science Professor at Cal Poly SLO. The committee reviews applications of qualified Fruit Science students and recommends awardees. Income from the sale of rootstock, pheromone loops, birdnet and various plant sales helps to fund the program.