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The Leaflet is the Central Coast chapter's newsletter, written by Lori Bright

2018


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January

California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter


Meeting January 13, 2018
Dr. Garner talks to a seated audience
Dr. Garner, Cal Poly professor, shares tips and answers questions about how to prune fruit trees.
Co-chair Tucker Schmidt welcomes the large crowd
Co-chair Tucker Schmidt welcomes the large crowd.
Mark measures bird netting for sale.  Over 600 feet were sold today! Bird netting 
		   will be on sale again at the CRFG Scion Exchange on February 17th, 2018.
Mark measures bird netting for sale. Over 600 feet were sold today! Bird netting will be on sale again at the CRFG Scion Exchange on February 17th, 2018.


The gracious Dr. Lauren Garner, Professor of Fruit Science at Cal Poly, helped us out in a pinch when – due to circumstances beyond his control - Tom Spellman was unable to make the trek up the coast and speak on Backyard Fruit Tree Pruning. We were so very fortunate that Dr. Garner was free. She taught us her Top Tips for Successful Fruit Tree Pruning.
Thank you Dr. Garner!!!

The meeting was held on a beautiful, if not hot January day. Our venue this month was just outside the Crop Sciences building (a large enough area to fit us all).

Thanks to you Cal Poly, for bringing and selling their Marvelous Mandarins. Thanks Elaine, for the wonderful spread of food. Thank you Dara and Manny for setting up our meeting and taking over the care of the Fruit Orchard! Thanks to Ag Ed for the use of the chairs and thanks for the visit from the students at Midland School!
June places a parking sign for the meeting
Marv places a parking sign for the meeting
June and Marv placed parking signs to guide attendees to where Cal Poly's Parking Services had approved parking for the event.



EVENTS:

Be sure to take part in our February Scion Exchange (Feb. 17th). This year we will have over 12 varieties of Avocado scion wood! John Valenzuela will be present again this year….maybe he’ll bring us some scion wood from the Northern Regions like he did last year. What a plethora of wood to choose from!

Our Meeting in March will be our Propagation Meeting (March 10th). Be sure to bring your plant material for propagation. Guests and members will be taking home their new plants with them after the meeting.

This year the Festival of Fruit will be in Saratoga. Save the Date: July 27-29.


8 Tips for Successful Backyard Deciduous Fruit Tree Pruning:
Dr. Garner answers questions from onlookers about pruning peach and nectarine trees
Dr. Garner answers questions from onlookers about pruning peach and nectarine trees.
  1. Start with the right tools. Pruners are for small limbs, loppers for mid-sized limbs, and pruning saw for branches. Keep them sharp!
  2. Make good cuts. Use the right side of the bypass pruner and keep close to the Trunk or initiating branch. Learn the three cut process for cutting large limbs.
  3. Bring down the top of the tree. If you don’t want to harvest from a ladder, go ahead and bring the height down to a reasonable level.
  4. “Hedge” the tree, if you have other trees or paths nearby, bring those sides in to a reasonable distance.
  5. “Skirt” the tree, bring it up off the ground.
  6. Remove diseased and broken wood. Eliminate unneeded water sprouts.
  7. Thin the tree. Remove crossing branches, and generally open the tree as needed.
    Know what type of tree you have:
    • Pears and Apples have fruit-bearing spurs…you wouldn’t want to remove these.
    • Peaches and Nectarines need hard pruning.
    • Plums and Apricots will bear on spurs and new wood. Be selective.
  8. The above are done for maintenance, consider what you will need to do down-the-road to regenerate new wood once the tree has aged. Think ahead for refurbishment.
Of course Dr. Garner went into greater detail, but you get the idea.
Once we were duly educated, off we went to practice our newfound techniques at the CRFG Orchard.
Thanks again Dr. Garner!
Pruners in the orchard practicing their technique
Pruners practicing their technique in the orchard.
Midland School students, Manny, and Joe in the orchard
Midland School students and teacher, and Manny, Art, and Joe practiced and taught well, and were among the last to leave the orchard.

 

2017

Dec
December Holiday Party   -   Bee Better! Presentation on Bees by Marcel Mueller   -   EcoFarm's Seed & Scion Swap on Jan 25
Nov
November Meeting at the home of Claudia Callwood and Joe Berkman: Ron Ludekens from L. E. Cooke speaks about Bare-Root Fruit Trees   -   CRFG Education Booth at the SLO Arbor Day Celebration
Oct
October Meeting: Sharing "Our Favorite Fruits" with the members of the SLO Botanical Gardens
Sep
September Meeting: Tim and Judelon LaSalle: A New Paradigm for Soil Health   -   Recent Updates to Website
Aug
August Meeting: Les Ferreira's Garden and Introduction to the Art of Bonsai   -   2017 Scholarship Awardees   -   Announcements   -   Recent Updates to Website
Jun
Remembering Art Henzgen   -   June Meeting: Redstone Apple Ranch   -   Recent Updates to Website
Feb
Pictures from 2017 Annual Scion Exchange
Jan
January meeting: Annual Pruning Workshop

 

2016- Year of the Edible Landscape, A to Z, Apples to Zapotes, San Luis Obispo CA

Dec
Holiday Potluck Luncheon Recap
Mar/Apr
Members encouraged to join in Festival of Fruit 2016 planning   -   Demonstration Orchard pruning workday in February   -   Annual Scion Exchange in February   -   Annual Propagation meeting announcement March 12   -   Semi-Dwarf rootstock R 225 - OHXF 333 arrival
Jan/Feb
Festival of Fruit planning   -   Annual pruning meeting   -   Annual Scion Exchange reminder

 

2015- Year of the Drought Tolerant Fruits, San Diego CA

Nov/Dec
November chapter meeting at Hearst Castle   -   Faux rock workshop   -   Annual holiday meeting announcement   -   Request for Festival of Fruit 2016 planners and volunteers   -   Request for membership renewals
Sep/Oct
September chapter meeting at SLO Botanical Gardens   -   October chapter meeting: Les' garden tour; 3 Cal Poly students awarded scholarships   -   July chapter meeting: Peter and Gabrielle Robins' garden tour; Art Henzgen honored   -   Growing sapotes on the central coast   -   San Diego Festival of Fruit write-up; Art DeKleine honored   -   Master Gardeners' Tomato Extravaganza write-up
Jul/Aug
July mtg announcement   -   No August meeting due to San Diego Festival of Fruit   -   Listserv announcement   -   May chapter meeting: Don and Roxy James' blueberry orchard   -   June chapter meeting: Barney, Alisha and Ky Taff- jujubes at Rock Front Ranch
May/Jun
May and June meeting announcments   -   April chapter meeting at the Avila Barn   -   Request for volunteers to maintain the CRFG orchard at Cal Poly

 

2014- HOS / NAFAX / CRFG Joint Meeting, Troutdale Oregon


No newsletters in 2014!

 

2013- Year of the Hawaiian Fruit, Hawai'i

Mar/Apr
VermiCompost/worm castings   -   Pruning demo from "guest pruner" Mike Cirone   -   This history of Corned Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes   -   2013 Scion Exchange and Grafting Clinic   -   The Blueberry Years book review
Jan/Feb
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2012 - Year of the Heirloom Fruit, Santa Rosa

Nov/Dec
Write-ups for the Festival of Fruit 2012: "Year of the Heirloom" and 2nd annual Heirloom Exposition   -   Excerpted from “Of Gardens” from The Essays or Counsels of Sir Francis Bacon   -   Persimmon Cookie Recipe   -   Making apple juice at SLO Creek Farms   -   How to deal with peach leaf curl   -   Access Amazon.com for your purchases via the link on this page of the CRFG website and a small percentage of your purchase price will be given to CRFG.
Sep/Oct
UCCE Master Gardeners' Sixth Annual Tomato Extravaganza   -   Websites to purchase inexpensive grafting supplies   -   Local Food Purchase Program   -   Plants in Mythology   -   Gluten Free Banana Muffins   -   Book review of Mary Moss-Sprague's (Master Gardener and osteoarthritis sufferer) new book Stand Up and Garden   -   Write-up of July meeting at Joe Sabol's garden
Jul/Aug
House Guests of the Feathered (Barn Owl) Kind   -   Passing of Clifford Chapman   -   CRFG Scholarships   -   Aroma Tea Shop in San Francisco   -   Compost Donation for CRFG Central Demonstration Orchard   -   Careful Use of Rodenticides   -   Fresh Apple Cake Recipe   -   Book review of Chemistry and Applications of Green Tea   -   Food in History: Kimch'i   -   Peach Leaf Curl
May/Jun

Mar/Apr
Write-up of the Central Coast Chapter's Annual Scion Exchange in February, with a Tribute to "Dr. D"   -   Grafting Lessons for Students   -   In Memory of Gene Santos   -   Avocado Database   -   Book review of The Year 1000, What Life Was Like at The Turn of the First Millennium   -   Recipe for Spiced Sautéed Carrots with Pecans   -   Book review of Golden Gate Gardening ... San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California   -   January Pruning with Guest Pruner Professor Dan Lassanske: "every branch, every year!"
Jan/Feb
The Garden of the Seven Sisters   -   Treasure Hunt in See Canyon: the Perfect Apple of Dr. D   -   Tree Collards   -   New CRFG Inc., Marketplace Managers   -   First ever CRFG Central Chapter Scholarships Awarded   -   PG&E Community Service Award given to CRFG Central Chapter for Apple Grafting Project   -   Los Olivos Rotary Club Foundation donation buys rootstock for Apple Grafting Project   -   CRFG Central Demonstration Orchard pampered with compost and straw   -   In Memory of Dr. Tom Ruehr   -   Cranberries   -   Evelyn's Berry Buttermilk Frozen Dessert

 

2011 - Year of the Pomegranate, Arizona

Sep/Oct
Lawns to Food Demonstration Garden   -   Purslane: Weed or Food?   -   3 Dragon Fruit Blossoms   -   News from Owen Baynham   -   Marketplace Manager Opening   -   Story: Help When It's Needed   -   Mehe's Rice Salad Recipe   -   Oranges and Lemons in Britain   -   Film review of Pranzo di Ferragosto   -   July meeting: Blackburn Ranch in Bradley   -   Scholarship Awards   -   Olive Trees in Iraq and SLO   -   August meeting: Chapman Estate in Pismo Beach; Bob Ludekens educates us on "chill hours"
Jul/Aug
Veteran Farmers: veterans across the country are joining the agricultural movement as they retire from the military and return home to farm   -   News from Slovakia   -   The New Central Coast Chapter Plant Exchange   -   New Scholarship Program for Cal Poly Ag majors   -     -  
May/Jun
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Mar/Apr
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2010 Volume 13 - Year of the Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit, Los Angeles

Nov/Dec
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2009 Volume 12 - Year of the Olive

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2008 Volume 11 - Year of the Avocado

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2007 Volume 10 - Year of the Mango

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2006 Volume 9 - Year of the Grape

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2005 Volume 8 - Year of the Apple

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2004 Volume 7 - Year of the Berry

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2003 Volume 6 - Year of the Citrus

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2002 Volume 5 - Year of the Banana

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2001 Volume 4 - Year of the Guava

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