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

2018


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June

California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter

Upcoming Events

June 30th we have a workday at the CRFG’s orchard. We accomplished a lot last time but there is always more to do. Come for the comradery and fun, and we’ll even get some work done in the process.

July CRFG Meeting- - NO, there won’t be one! We will all be going up to see the FESTIVAL OF FRUIT, in Campbell, CA. I can’t wait, how about you? For more information see http://festivaloffruit.org.

August Meeting will be at the PG&E building. We will be having a member of the Xerces Society visit us for a talk about Pollinators.


The Central Coast Grown, City Farm SLO

Alisha welcomes the crowd and announces upcoming events. Photo by Joe Sabol.
CRFG’ers visited a hidden agricultural gem: The Central Coast Grown, City Farm SLO. Who would ever guess that this 19 acre farmland treasure was nestled right under our noses behind the Madonna Plaza ( 1221 Calle Joaquin, SLO). From the farm's brochure we learn that: “City Farm SLO represents a unique collaboration among municipal government, non-profit organizations, business enterprises, educational institutions, and public and private funding agencies committed to the revival of community engagement in sustainable agriculture.” Wow, that’s a mouthful, and the abundance of food and herbs coming from this area is an impressive mouthful as well. Steven Marx was our gracious host and he was our guide to see what the different farmers were up to.
Alisha presents a CRFG "thank you" hat to our host Stephen Marx.
Photo by Joe Sabol.



We met Teresa Lees who heads up The Children’s Global Family Garden. She hopes to teach unity-in-food. Her garden is divided into 4 areas that represent the four quarters of the globe. Teresa uses permaculture methods so her area is self-sustaining and all resources are re-usable. If you would like to help Teresa with her journey, she would love the help, please contact her at Treelees@Charter.net.

We saw a Food Forest that is worked by the High School Students of Pacific Beach School. These “kids” have quite a large garden. What better way for High School Students to learn about responsibility through agriculture? They obviously put their backs into the job. They also grow a “hedgerow” of pollinator friendly flowers, making their garden area not only productive, but beautiful as well. Congratulations PBS, your garden is impressive.

Joshua Carmichael tells about his demo garden and experimental food crops.
Photo by Joe Sabol.
We walked by Josh Carmichael’s farm. Josh is a local landscaper, but here on the farm he is creating a Demo Garden featuring ornamental plants as well as experimental food crops.

Michael Huggins' area is largely taken up with greenhouses. He utilizes not only solar but also wind power to power his operation. He currently grows exotic crops like Ginger and Tumeric.

Elizabeth Johnson displayed her grain growing experimental area. She is growing heirloom grains and plans on milling the grain herself. What will she do next? Well, “We’ll have to see where it goes from here”. Old grains are making a big come-back. We wish Elizabeth a fun adventurous future in grains.

Javier Magaña tells us some of his background and his work with his farm before taking us on a tour. farming operation. Photo by Joe Sabol.
Javier cuts lettuce to share with our group. Photo by Joe Sabol.
We spent the majority of our time with Javier Magaña. Here’s a guy who knows how to work. He began working on farms in Mexico, he has been a Chef at several High End restaurants and now he works 10 acres of land in the City Farm’s lot. Javier and his kids spend endless hours working his farm. Javier supplies his wife’s juice bar, “Julia’s Juices” (located in Grover Beach on Grand and 9th). Julia is renowned for her healthy, dare-I-say maybe even medicinal, blends of juices. Javier’s produce also goes to our Elementary and Jr. High Schools. He is passionate about teaching our children where their food comes from. Javier, you were an inspiration to us all.

If you would like to donate your time or make a tax deductible contribution, you can visit them on line at: http://centralcoastgrown.org.

 

2018

May
May Meeting: Las Pilitas Nursery   -   Announcing new "Plant Exchange" CRFG CCC Google Group
Apr
April Meeting: SLO Food Bank Warehouse   -   One Man Responsible for Roughly Half of US’s stone Fruit Collection   -   Christine Chiu Shares Her 2018 Annual Scion Exchange Photos
Mar
Annual Propagation Meeting with Grafting Seminar Extraordinaire!   -   Marv and Tucker graft apple trees for non-profits
Feb
2018 Annual Scion Exchange And Grafting Workshop   -   Gleanings From the Past: Marv Daniel's Journey in Apple Grafting
Jan
2018 Annual Pruning Workshop   -   Dr. Lauren Garner's 8 Tips for Successful Backyard Deciduous Fruit Tree Pruning
 

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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2010 Volume 13 - Year of the Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit, Los Angeles

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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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