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California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter

January 2019 Newsletter
by Lori Bright

Meeting: January 13, 2019

Large CRFG crowd in orchard watches Tom Spellman prune a fruit tree
Attendees watch and ask questions as Tom Spellman prunes a fruit tree in the CRFG Demonstration Orchard.
 
Our Yearly Pruning Meeting was a Great Success!

Tucker welcomed everybody. Wow, what a lot of bodies we were! We had oodles of non-members. (Hopefully some of these energetic people will join us and become members.)

Thanks to Manny and Dara for the upkeep in the CRFG Orchard. They had sanitizing buckets and tools all set up and ready for our excursion into the orchard.

Bob and Marv, thanks so much for sharpening pruners: you’re the best!

Art has old CRFG magazines cluttering up his garage. Get them now or forever hold your peace.

Dean Harrell is offering a Viticulture class through Cuesta College, North County class will run T/Th 9am – 11:30am. Beginning Jan 22, 2019. He has room for more students. Dean_Harrell@cuesta.edu

Heidi Burgess receives her CRFG scholarship check from Treasurer Dick Pottratz. Co-Chair Tucker Schmidt and Scholarship Program Committee Chair Joe Sabol join in congratulating her.
Roxy is running a Swap-O-Rama. All proceeds will go toward future CRFG scholarships. Contact Roxy at 949 433 6348 or rocksandjames@sbcglobal.net. She will coordinate with you to get all your unwanted Garden Art, Outdoors Artistic pieces, Unblemished ceramic and Terra Cota pots, Nice Tools and Gardening Books. If your Nice tool needs to be sharpened for the Swap-O-Rama, contact Marv (marvnpet@aol.com) in the next few days. No charge for sharpening those Nice tools.

Thanks always to you Cal Poly for allowing us to use the Crop Science area for our events. Students had Owari Mandarins for sale. They were delicious.

Heidi Burgess claimed her scholarship check: congratulations Heidi!

Upcoming Events

The Big Event: CRFG Yearly Scion Exchange
February 16th (Third Saturday of the month). This will be open to the public.
We will have rootstock available; in our store we will have Buddy Tape, Goop, Pruning Knives and Fruit Tree Netting. We will have demonstrations on grafting techniques and more. Bring your clean scions in a ziplock bag with a wetted paper towel.
12:00 p.m.: Store opens and rootstock are on sale.
1:00 p.m.: Entry to Scion Exchange room for those bringing scions to share.
1:30 p.m.: Entry to Scion Exchange room for those not bringing scions.

March 9th, 2019 is our Annual Propagation Meeting at the Seven Sisters Garden.



Tom Spellman sune a fruit tree
Tom Spellman demonstrates how to control the height and shape of a tree.
Our Amazing Speaker this month was:
Tom Spellman... Wooo Hooo!

Great to have you, Tom!

Tom was concise in his delivery on Fruit Tree Pruning. He was keeping it simple, thus making pruning less scary for beginners. He wants everyone to look at their trees, really look at them, and observe them daily if possible.

What is your purpose in pruning?
  • Ornamental purposes
  • A functioning screen
  • More fruit
  • Less fruit
  • Size Control
  • Give Shade
What type of tree determines how to prune:
  • Apple/Pear
  • Peach/Nectarine
  • Apricot
  • Plum
Step back and get an over-all perspective.

Four Concepts:
  • Size Control - YOUR size
  • Grow trees adapted to your growing area
  • Plant trees that can give you successive harvests
  • Know your microclimate
Tools: Buy quality, keep them cleaned and oiled. When pruning, sanitize your pruners between trees. (On a potentially diseased tree, sanitize between cuts).

In the orchard Tom practiced what he preached, he kept it simple. We pruned peaches and nectarines. Many of our visiting pruners told us that they had a great time and now felt a sense of confidence when approaching their own fruit trees.

Tom’s Takeaway: Spend time with your trees, don’t be afraid to prune. ("Worst thing that could happen is it will grow back next year.") Ah, the wonder of growing things!

Les Ferrera helps answer questions about pruning fruit trees.
Dean Harrell helps answer questions about pruning fruit trees.
 

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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Mar/Apr
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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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