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California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter

October 2019 Newsletter
by Lori Bright


October 12 2019: Meeting: Rick Tibben's Home


Another Beautiful day on the Central Coast! We met at the lovely home of Rick Tibben. Tucker greeted us and we began our meeting. Tucker said that the Harvest and Fall Festivals were great successes.

SLO City Farms will be having their Fall Festival on October 20th where we will have a booth and could still use some help from 1:00-5:00.

Work Day at the CRFG Demo Orchard will be on October 26th from 9am to Noon. Can we count you in? Let’s do lunch when we’re done?


We had an UGLY FRUIT CONTEST. Yep, and they were ugly. Our winners were:

  • 3rd Place: Alisha (with an ugly Knobbed Russet Apple)
  • 2nd Place: Joe (with an ugly Pear)
  • 1st Place: Myron (with a lemon masquerading as a buddha hand!) NICE ONE!

Myron's 1st place Ugly Lemon!
The scholarship winners where tasked with judging the 1st Annual Ugly Fruit contest.
Behold the Ugly Fruit!
Joe Sabol's 2nd place Ugly Pear
Joe's reward for winning 2nd place is the dragonfruit he donated for the contest!

We gave out more Scholarships. Four at One Thousand dollars each! Amazing huh? Our recipients this time were:

Joe Sabol, Adam Afriade, Sammy Springer, Annie O'Neill, Gareth McCormick


  • Adam Afriade
  • Sammy Springer
  • Gareth McCormick
  • Annie O’Neill
Congratulations to you all!




Dixon explains about the enhancements he's made to the coffee grounds pickup program.
Dixon Smith is now heading up our Coffee Grounds Pick-up at the Black Horse Coffee House. He is working on making the schedule smoother and the pick-ups easier. Please see Dixon if you would like to participate or have any suggestions.

Pat shared that he, along with Marv, Joe and Roger helped teach 450 fourth-graders to graft. 1500 fourth-graders attended AGventure North 2019. Nice job guys. Those will be our future farmers and fruit growers.

Joe gave out some Bay Laurel Bare-root Catalogs. They are simply the best local place for getting our all of our Barefoot edibles. Oh, and don’t get me started on their fabulous collection of roses. Within their catalog are answers to many fruit gardener questions such as “What are my chill hours?”, Why does it matter?”, “What type of rootstock should I be using?”, “What is an Inter-specific Hybrid, and why should I want one?”. I make a sojourn to Bay Laurel right after the first of every year. This is a tradition I highly recommend. 😀


Rick Tibben moved to Nipomo in 1999 and bought a property that had an existing orchard. Many of the trees were in poor condition. Rick removed the bad ones as well as the majority of an 8800 sq. ft. lawn, and began to renovate. Rick is a big believer in planting fruit trees that will have successions of fruit so as to extend his harvest period. Rick now has Avocado, Citrus, Persimmons, Apples, Plums, Apricots, Pluerries, Pluots, Nectarines and Peaches. He has a Strawberry Guava, a Mexican Cherry and a Peacotum too! He has Marion Berries, Raspberries, Blackberries and Blueberries.

I think his biggest love, however, must be The Growing of Giant Pumpkins. His first giant pumpkin weighed in at 246 pounds, no shrimp by any means, but he wasn’t at all satisfied with that weight. Rick is selective about the seed he uses and has paid up to $100.00 for one seed! Wow! So now his top weight for a single pumpkin is 700 pounds! Geeze! We were able to view a big one in-the-works. His estimate on that one was 500 pounds. It was humongous.

So here are a few growing hints for those that might want to embark on this spirited pursuit for themselves. Start with good Atlantic Giant Seed. Rick starts his in his greenhouse in late April or early May. He shifts them to 1 gallon pots before planting them out. Once they are in the ground he very regularly feeds them fertilizers including, but not limited to Kelp, Compost Tea, Calcium and mycorrhiza.

He keeps all but one fruit cut off each vine. As the vines roam, and they will run for 40 feet, he prunes them back to a tidy 20 ft. Make way for the Giant Pumpkin! Well, I’m inspired. How about you?

Thanks Rick, that was fun.


Master Gardeners' Fall Festival: Saturday, September 21 2019, 10am - 2pm.

A big thanks to all who donated plants... and to all those who came to help at the Master Gardeners' big Event!! A very successful event!!! We made a lot of friends today, sold some nice plants, told stories, had fun.

2nd shift volunteers Gundi, Nell, Manny, and Mark.
Mark, Dara, Manny, Pat, Nell, Maureen.


Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival: Saturday, September 28 2019, 9am - 4pm.

Another big thanks to all who donated plants and those who volunteered at the CRFG booth at the 82nd Annual Harvest Festival.!! Many people stopped by the CRFG booth to ask questions, buy plants, and swap stories about their trees and gardens. Pat even donated a multi-grafted apple tree to a couple who had just gotten married!



How To Never Have A Serious Poison Oak/Ivy Rash Again!

Thank you, Marv, for recommending this helpful video:
How to never have a serious poison oak/ivy rash again


 


2019

Sept
September Meeting: Bartleson Ranch
August
No August Meeting: CRFG's Foothill Chapter hosted the 2019 Festival of Fruit!
July
July Meeting: 2nd Annual Fruit Tasting in the CRFG Demonstration Orchard   -   Orchard Work Day: June 29, 2019   -   Website Update: Orchard Map Updated
June
June Meeting: Gabriel Frank's Demonstration Garden   -   Larry's 3.5 Pound Cherimoya   -   "The Last of His Kind Farming Fruit in the Silicon Valley:" Andy Mariani
May
May Meeting: Barbara and Mathew Forbes' Gardens   -   Jujubes and Macadamias added to the "Fruiting Plants that Grow in the Central Coast Area" webpage   -   May 2019 Update from the San Luis Obispo Agricultural Commissioner
Apr
April Meeting: Jack Swords' Orchards   -   Orchard Workday April 20, 2019   -   April 2019 Update from the San Luis Obispo Agricultural Commissioner
Mar
March Meeting: Meet The Grafting Magicians!   -   New Pest: Plum Bud Gall Mite Fact Sheet
Feb
Meeting: February 16, 2019: Annual Scion Exchange and Grafting Party
Jan
Annual Pruning Workshop with guest pruner Tom Spellman
 

2018

Dec
December Holiday Party   -   The Art of Hoshigaki
Nov
November Meeting: Tucker and Keri Schmidt's Home Garden   -   John Salisbury on starting a Wine Grape Operation
Oct
October Meeting: Mallard Lake Ranch Kiwi Farm!   -   2018 CRFG Central Coast Chapter Awards Scholarships   -   Successful booth events at Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival and the Master Gardeners' Fall Fruit Festival
Sep
September Meeting: Fruit Salad Bowl Extravaganza!   -   CRFG Demonstration Orchard Work Day   -   New Tool Shed for the Orchard!
Aug
Xerces Society talk on pollinator conservation
July
No July Meeting: CRFG Santa Clara Chapter hosted the 2018 Festival of Fruit!
June
June Meeting: The Central Coast Grown, City Farm SLO
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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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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