California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter
November 2017 Newsletter
by Lori Bright
We met this month under a lovely Valley Oak at the home of Claudia Callwood and Joe Berkman. Fall had come to the North County and it was a lovely peaceful remote setting.
Claudia told us of the challenges they’ve met when growing in such a new (one year) wild location. The property experiences very Hot Hots and very Cold Colds. Claudia is a big fan of Agribon (Floating Row Covers and Frost Blankets) which temper both temperature extremes. Due to her cold exposure she has her citrus growing in her greenhouse. That same cold brings the property great Apples. Persimmon seem to struggle but Almonds grow like weeds.
November 25, (9:00 am) Orchard Maintenance in our Orchard. We’ll spread compost remove broken
branches, we'll also weed, rake, fix drip lines, and perform other maintenance tasks. Tucker will be our
Grand leader as this day. (Questions? Ask Tucker (805) 709-4811)
December 9, (Noon) we’ll have our yearly Pot Luck at the PG&E Center on Ontario Rd.
January 13 is the date for our regular meeting to be held at the Crops Science Building. We will have the indefatigable Tom Spellman from Dave Wilson Nurseries there to talk Pruning Backyard Fruit Trees.
February 17, (The Third Saturday this Month) We will put on our Fabulous Scion Exchange and grafting party! Woo Hoo! Don’t forget to keep saving those bags for rootstock. Nell will collect them all.
Welcome Ron Ludekens!
Saturday, Nov. 4 2017: CRFG Education Booth at the SLO Arbor Day Celebration
Information and picture courtesy of Joe Sabol
CRFG Central Coast volunteers manned an education booth at the SLO Arbor Day Celebration in Laguna Lake Park. This event is held annually by Public Works Urban Forest Services.
Our members educated passers-by about fruit trees and sold some fruit trees and rooted Dragon Fruit cuttings. We made a lot of friends this day, especially the young ones who walked away with a free Dragon Fruit cutting! Next year, we might have some small 4 inch pots and a yard of potting soil so they can plant their dragon fruit cutting and take it home ready to grow!
A big thanks to each of you... for helping with the CRFG Educational Booth today!!