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Shell Beach at sunset.  Picture taken from the Pismo Preserve.

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February Scion Exchange, Grafting Clinic, and Rootstock Sale
Saturday, February 18th, 2023

Time: 1 pm - 3:30 pm

Free and open to the public!

Learn to graft!  Get scions!  Bring scions to share! (See the "Scion Exchange" page for how to gather, label, and save scions for this event).  Buy rootstock!  Buy items at the Scion Exchange store!


Members are encouraged to bring prepared and labeled scion material to share before the meeting starts.

Important: Chapter members take note.  Message from Tucker Schmidt:

"We need your help to make the 2023 Scion Exchange a success. In past years we were very fortunate in the fact that John Valenzuela brought large amounts of scion wood left over from earlier exchanges held by other chapters in Northern California. This year many of the Northern Chapters are holding their exchange later or during the same time our event is scheduled. This will make it impossible for John to bring leftover scion wood to add to the contributions of our local fruit growers. In order to accumulate a vast selection of scion wood we will be depending on our chapter members more than ever to collect and share scion wood from their healthy, productive trees."

***  No citrus or patented material please!  (See this list of patented varieties.) ***

Bring: Ziploc bags, slightly damp paper towels, sharpies, painter's tape.

Location: Crops Unit Classroom 17 - 101/102, Cal Poly Campus

Directions: At the corner of Highway 1 and Highland Drive, turn into the Cal Poly campus.  Turn left on Mt. Bishop road, then immediately left again into the parking lot of the Crops Unit.  Park in the dirt parking lot.

Saturday, February 11, 2023, 8am - 3:30pm

11th Annual Seed Library Summit


Free virtual classes, presentations, and conversations.  If you manage, steward, or maintain a seed library, or want to create one in your community, you don't want to miss this!

Register at


Prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, our meetings were usually held the afternoon of the 2nd Saturday of the month, except in February when it was held on the 4th Saturday.  In general we gathered at 1pm for socializing and refreshments, then the meeting begins at 1:30.

Most of our meetings were open to the public. We encourage the public to join and learn with us!

Please check out our meeting manners prior to attending.

No pets at any meeting, please!

Urban Gardening

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!

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