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California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter

September 2018 Newsletter
by Lori Bright

Meeting: September 8, 2018

Nell and Eleanor help in setting up the big fruit bowl
The preparations are ready thanks to all CRFGers including Nell and Evelyn, and now it's time to eat!

FRUIT SALAD BOWL EXTRAVAGANZA!

Wow, we sampled a lot of fruit today. Everybody brought bite sized pieces of fruit and we had an amazing Salad Bowl Delight! We had Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Grapes, Nectarine, Plum, Jujubee, Dragon Fruit, Fig, Lemon, Cantaloupe, Mandarin, Crabapple, and Tomatoes. Did I miss anything?

Thanks this month for our fun visit from Consuelo from Cambria. She has been collecting a fruit tree from her friend Marv for many years now and she came by to thank him (and us) for the donated tree. Consuelo will be giving the tree away to the highest bidder at the Cambria Harvest Festival where the trees have previously gone for as much as $75.00! Nice Job Marv!

Dig in!
Fruit tasting and picture taking in the Orchard.
Sheri Durler Thompson, master of our Facebook site, receives an apple tree grown by Marv.
The Smith family, in search of Dragon Fruit pollen, joined us for the fruit tasting!

Facebook logo

Did you know that we now have a Facebook Page???
Thanks be to Sheri Durler Thompson, it is wonderful! Go check it out.


Upcoming Events

Can YOU help out at the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival or the Fruit Festival (at the Seven Sisters Garden) on Sept 29th? If so, contact Joe, Alisha or Tucker. The Master Gardeners will be featuring Gopher Glen and a local Entomologist. Bring in your bugs for identification.

Orchard Work Day will be September 22, 9am to noon. We will have fruit for snacks! Please join us. Bring your tools and the tools you want to donate on September 22, ask Marv to sharpen them. He may not have electricity so will show you how to sharpen your own tool while sharpening it. Details are available on the Calendar.

Hey, do you have any tools you want to donate to the orchard? We now have a shed to put the tools in at the orchard. Roger Eberhardt donated wood from his spare wood pile, and Manny and Dara assisted him in building it. Manny and Dara report that Roger is a fun, knowledgeable, and patient teacher. Thank you Roger Eberhardt, Manny, and Dara. If you have any tools to donate, get a hold of Manny or Dara or just bring them to the Orchard Work Day on the 22nd.

October Meeting: We will be visiting a 10 acre Kiwi Farm in Nipomo! They will be in a pre-harvest mode. Are you as excited as I am?

Who wants to have a meeting held at their home? Don’t you want to have a peek into other peoples’ gardens? I know I love to check out how other people lay out their gardens/orchards, build their structures, deal with their pests, choose the varieties they choose. Let’s share! Ok, I’ll be the first to throw my hat in the ring. Let’s have a meeting at my (Lori’s) place. Joe, can we put it off til... say Next September? :-)
How about your place? Step right up, don’t be shy....


Update: Orchard Work Day and Lunch Provided by Lassens!


Saturday, Sept 22, 2018, 9am - 12pm

Group eating lunch of wraps and salads

Approximately 22 people came to the Orchard Work Day. Lassens Natural Foods and Vitamins off of Foothill Blvd. in San Luis Obispo provided an assortment of organic wraps, and fruit and Caesar salads for lunch. Thank you, Lassens, for our delicious lunch! Thanks, Alisha for coordinating with Lassens!

A large crew of CRFG volunteers braved a nest of rats, a snake, and choking dust, dragging our huge brush pile out to the lemon grove orchard road. There, Cal Poly's Johnny Rosecrans will turn the pile into mulch by running over it with his tractor and flail.

After the brush pile was moved we took a break and shared a Jackfruit that was bought from Foods 4 Less in SLO. The jackfruit took some effort to open, but Larry pried it open. The arils were initially juicy, though they dried out over the next few hours. Most agreed they liked the pineapple-mango-like flavor.
Also snacked upon were feijoas grown by Marv, jujubes grown by Alisha, and pineapple, grapes, bananas, cucumbers, and yogurt brought by orchard co-managers Manny and Dara.

Our new tool shed, built by Roger Eberhardt, Manny and Dara, is now mounted to the kiosk is actively working! Larry, Marv, and the Smith family have donated tools, and the shed is now fully functional. Mark Woelfe will paint the shed during the coming week.

Mark also planted four new dragon fruit plants donated by Joe. Three of the existing dragon fruit have flowers that will soon open! Joe led a group to check out the dragon fruit plants and answer their questions.

Dick and Marv staked up the leaning Paw Paw and Pakistani Mulberry trees, Lori hoed the many suckers, Jesse removed some branches with fireblight from one of the asian pears, and Marv and Larry trimmed the overhanging trees.

Lassens Provided Lunch!

Jeff and Victor at Lassens' SLO, THANK YOU for supporting our CRFG Orchard Work day by providing us a delicious, organic and healthy lunch! We appreciate you and your community support!

Brush Crew Moved The Entire Brush Pile!

Our brush crew moved a huge pile of brush from the back of the orchard to the lemon grove road so that Cal Poly's Johnny Rosecrans can reduce it to mulch with his tractor and flail. The crew braved rats, a snake, and choking dust. Thanks for your persistence, brush crew!

We Sampled A Jack Fruit!

Dara gained experience in cutting a Jack Fruit, and Larry pried the thing open. Dara says, "Thank you for sharing the jack fruit experience with me!"

Various Duties As Assigned!

Larry trims an overhanging tree, Lori hoes suckers.

New Tool Shed Up And Working!

Roger Eberhardt, Manny, and Dara built the shed from wood Roger had on hand. Manny and Dara attached the shed to the kiosk, and Larry, Marv, and the Smith family donated tools. Here, Manny and Adela stand by our tool shed, which is now full!

 

2018

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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Mar/Apr
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Jan/Feb
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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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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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