Central Coast Chapter CRFG

Events Calendar

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!

December Chapter Meeting

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

Event: Holiday Potluck and Plant Exchange

Table with festive holiday food

Please note: this event is limited to Central Coast Chapter members only because seating is limited.
Details: All CRFG Central Coast Chapter members are invited to the Christmas Potluck and CRFG Meeting at the PG&E Educational Center on Ontario Road... We sure hope you are coming!!
Gisele sitting on the ground planting plants
Gisele has hands-on experience with soils! Photo from moananursery.com.

Our guest speaker this year will be Gisele Schoniger! Gisele will educate us on soils!

What is "good" soil? How do you know if you have it? Learn the basics of how to build and care for healthy soil in your landscape using natural and organic materials. You will be rewarded with an abundance of crops and beautiful landscapes; even greater is the feeling of making a difference in the garden at large, this beautiful earth we all share.

Gisele Schoniger, Organic Gardening Educator at Kellogg Garden Products has gained a wealth of gardening wisdom from her experiences as an ornamental horticulturist, interiorscape business owner, horticultural therapist and educator. Gisele is a dynamic speaker whose goal is to inspire some small changes that will garner big rewards for your garden soil, your crop production, beautiful landscapes and to your overall health.

Thank you moananursery.com for the above description.

People milling around lots of potted plants

At this meeting, we will also have the biggest plant sale, plant exchange, plant raffle of the year!!! Pure fun!!!

Please bring a bunch of money and be ready to buy these amazing fruiting plants grown by your fellow members!! Best selection!!! Best prices!!

Think about your neighbors who might need a Christmas gift... buy them a cherimoya plant or dragon fruit rooted cuttings on Saturday!!! Be a Santa in your neighborhood? If you have any "surplus fruiting plants" in containers, that you would like to donate... please bring them!!

Please no citrus plants to this meeting.

We are looking for quality fruiting plants ... clean, no disease, no insects, no weeds, no snails... Bring only what people will want to buy and take home in their backseat!!

If you can, please label your plants so we all know what they are. If there are "tips" for growing ... please include these with the label. Many of our members will buy their "first" rare fruit plant on Saturday and they will appreciate any guidance you can share.

Bring your plants to the front of the PG&E Building and get some help from the TEAM!! Bring them at 11:45 a.m.!!

We have a strong TEAM of volunteers who will accept your plants and add them to the Plant Sale Display. They will be ready for you at 11:40 a.m.!! If you want to help them... please volunteer!!

Please, no plants inside the Building!!!

You will not want to miss this big meeting and the amazing plant auction (drawing?) this Saturday!!!
Time: 12:00 pm
Those who are helping to set up should arrive at 11 am.
Those who are bringing plants should arrive at 11:45 am.
Location: PG&E Education Center: 6588 Ontario Road, San Luis Obispo, CA
Bring: A dish to share, and plants to exchange.

EcoSlo Guided Hikes

List of EcoSlo local hikes.

Alisha provides us with this list of free, local, docent-led hikes from EcoSlo. She says, "For CRFG members needing to take a break from weeding and harvesting and canning the fruits of their labor, here is a fun way to get out and about on some guided hikes in the SLO area."

January Chapter Meeting

Saturday, January 11th, 2020


Hands holding pruners up to a tree limb

Annual Pruning Workshop

We'll have a guest speaker tell us all about pruning fruit trees, then head out to the CRFG Demonstration Orchard to get guidance practicing our new skills!

This is the time to ask your pruning questions!

More information will be available here closer to this event.

Location: Building 17, the "Crops Unit" on the campus of Cal Poly, SanLuis Obispo, CA. The Crops Unit is at the corner of Highland and Mt. Bishop Road, on the western edge of main campus. Best to enter campus on Highland, directly off of Highway 1. Parking is free in the dirt parking lot.

Weather: Rain will not cancel this event.

Time: 1:00 p.m.: Refreshment team: R-Z
1:30 p.m.: Meeting begins
Bring: Your note-taking device, pruning sheers, gloves, hat. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for walking through wet weeds, leaves, and mud if you plan to prune in the orchard.

February 2020 Chapter Meeting: Scion Exchange, Grafting Clinic, and Rootstock Sale

Saturday, February 15th, 2020 (the 3rd Saturday of the month)


Scion hunters in the wild

Chapter Meeting and Annual Scion Exchange, Grafting Clinic and Rootstock Sale

This is our annual event, open to the public!
No RSVP needed.

First... we want you to save this date, Feb. 15th, for the annual CRFG Scion Exchange and Grafting Clinic and Rootstock Sale!! It will be held at Cal Poly, at the Crops Unit and we are expecting a good crowd so... come early and help us welcome our guests. Best parking will be along Mt. Bishop Road... This is our biggest meeting of the year and probably the most fun!!!

Sample scion bag label including lines for kind of fruit, varietal, description, grow location and 
		                 chill hours, and original source.
Sample scion bag label. You can print your own sheets of these labels on Avery label #8164, or cut and tape them to your bags.

Second... we hope you will save your scionwood and bring it to this meeting on Feb. 15th. The general public is invited and they come to our meeting to get the free scionwood that YOU bring. Please bring clean, disease and pest free scion wood from deciduous fruiting plants; also wood from cherimoyas, avocados, and other sub-tropical plants that grow in our area.  We also welcome cuttings from figs, mulberries, pomegranates, grapes and other fruiting plants that can be propagated from cuttings.

We need you to bring healthy and disease free scionwood to the party!! The best scion wood is the young healthy growth made last year. These young shoots are at the top of your trees or at the terminal ends of side branches. Do not save and bring 2 year old wood... Best cuttings/scions are "pencil thick "about 3/8 inch thick,.... straight.... and only 8 or 10 inches long... Put these cuttings into a Ziploc bag with a wet paper towel and clearly mark the variety and kind of wood you are saving. You can fit 15 or 20 of these scions (all the same kind) in one bag. Refrigerate this material immediately and keep it cool until the meeting. Do not freeze. Label the bag with a permanent marker. Print our sample labels. Bring these Ziploc bags and you will probably get admission to the scion exchange room ahead of those who come empty-handed!!

This helpful instruction sheet, "How to Collect and Save Scion or Bud Wood.pdf," was created by Tom Del Hotal (CRFG San Diego chapter). Please note his strong emphasis on checking the dormant buds!

A few more quick tips and notes:
  • Please do not bring any citrus or patented fruitwood (budwood/scionwood/cuttings): it is illegal. See the Dave Wilson website for a partial list of patented varieties.
  • There will be rootstock for sale at this meeting so...you can purchase a rootstock and pick up free scionwood and then graft your own fruit tree.
  • Yes, there will be several experienced grafters from our chapter...demonstrating their favorite graft all afternoon.
  • There will also be a "supply store" where you can purchase a grafting knife and all the grafting supplies you might need.
This is a meeting you will not want to miss.... and is a fun one for you to invite others to come and join the fun.

Need more info? See our Scion Exchange page.

Still have questions? Contact Joe Sabol at Jsabol@calpoly.edu, (805) 544-1056.

Location: Building 17, the "Crops Unit" on the campus of Cal Poly, SanLuis Obispo, CA. The Crops Unit is at the corner of Highland and Mt. Bishop Road, on the western edge of main campus. Best to enter campus on Highland, directly off of Highway 1. Parking is free in the dirt parking lot.

Time: This event will be held in the afternoon. Specific start times will be listed here closer to this event.
Weather: Rain will not cancel this event.

Bring: Bring healthy scion wood:
  • The cut ends should be wrapped in a moist paper towel, and the bundle should be placed in a plastic baggie.
  • Label the baggie with the varietal (one varietal per plastic bag). Print our sample labels. Scions of unknown/unmarked variety cannot be accepted.
  • Please also include the variety's chill hours and whether or not the variety is self-pollinating, if you know that information.
You'll also need the following for your new scions:
  • Baggies with a moist paper towel in each to wrap the cut ends of your scions.
  • Your own Sharpie pen: to label your scions and baggies.
  • Masking or painter's tape: to wrap around scions for labeling.
Please leave all pets at home.


CRFG CC Planning Committee
tentative future meetings and ideas planning worksheet.
This document is used by the planning committee to share dates and ideas for future events. Dates on this worksheet are tentative. Use the calendar above to see confirmed CRFG CC events.