About Us

The CRFG Central Coast Chapter

We learn 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.

Join Us!

You will find membership information in this CRFG application.  We welcome everyone with an interest in fruit trees to join our local chapter, as well as the State CRFG organization.


Chapter Officers & Board Members

We elect or Chapter Officers & Board Members at our December 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.

Chapter Officers

Co-Chairs:   Alisha Taff and Tucker Schmidt
Secretary:    Linda Robertson
Treasurer:    Dick Pottratz

Board Members

Program Committee: Joe Sabol, Chair;  Larry Hollis, Elaine Rathbun, Art DeKleine, Nell Wade, Roger Eberhardt, Jim Ritterbush

State CRFG Liaison:  Joe Sabol


Apple Grafting Coordinators:  Joe Sabol, Marvin Daniels

Christmas Party Venue:  Marv Daniels

Demonstration Orchard Co-Managers:  Manny Magaña, Dara Manker, Jesse Englert

Hospitality Committee Chair:  Evelyn Ruehr; Karen Kolba, Eliane Rathbun

Master Gardeners Liaison:  Linda Robertson

Membership, Info. Coordinators:  Choung Crowe, Gloria DeKleine, Maureen and Pat Moudakis

Newsletter Editor:  Lori Bright; editor pro tem: Dara Manker

Nominating Committee:  Larry Hollis, Chair;  Lark Carter, Art DeKleine

Photographer: Joe Sabol

Pruning Resource Consultant:  Marv Daniels

Publicity:  Joe Sabol

Raffle Coordinators:  Kathy Longacre, Nell Wade

Refreshments:  Volunteers Alphabetically Designated: A-H, I-Q, R-Z.

Scholarship Program:  Lauren Garner, Chair;  Joe Sabol, Marv and Pet Daniels, Dave Christie, Nell Wade, Karen Kolba, Tucker Schmidt

Scion Exchange Co-Chairs:  Carol and Robert Scott

Scion Exchange Store-Supplies Chair:  Roxy James

Scion Exchange Root Stock & Graft Chair:  Nell Wade

Secretary: Linda Robertson

Webmaster:  Dara Manker

Board of Directors:  The above listed officers and Committee Chairs plus:
Lark Carter, John Crowe, Les Ferreira, Nancy Lehman, David Maislen, Jim Ritterbush, Gabriella Robbins, Bob Tullock, Jenny Weaver