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California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter

October 2018 Newsletter
by Lori Bright

Great Successes

Thanks to all the volunteers that helped at the September Work Day in the CRFG Demonstration Orchard. Great strides were made, including the removal of a huge brush pile! With your help, we are making the orchard look fabulous! Manny and Dara thank you for all of your help.

Tucker says that both of our events on Sept. 29th were successful. We simultaneously manned two booths that day. One at the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival, and one at the Master Gardeners' Fall Fruit Festival at the Garden of the Seven Sisters in SLO. All money raised will support future scholarships for Cal Poly students!

Round bumpy green fruit.
Osage orange

Robert Scott brought a mystery fruit, a lumpy, bumpy ugly green thing. Turns out it is an Osage Orange! Gotta love those “Show and Tell” items. In the Great Plains Osage Orange limbs are still used for fence post.

Larry sent a link to share this National Geographic article entitled "What a Gold Rush-era orchard could mean for the future of food": "Scientists are beginning to study whether rare heirloom plants, revived for their flavor, might also be suited to enduring a warmer world."

Next month we will be visiting Tucker and Keri Schmidt's house/garden. I’m so excited!

Scholarship Meeting this Month!

Our chapter presented scholarships to eight Cal Poly recipients.

We were glad to see Prof. Lauren Garner, who came by for the event.

And the Awardee Winners are... Joni Shaffery, Jose Munoz Jr., Geena Rohr, Victor Guadian, Vincent Koster, Mitchell Moreda, Emma Sertich and Heidi Burgess (not present).

Congrats to them all.

Scholarship award recipients stand in a row as Les congratulates them
Les presents the scholarship awardees to the chapter, and congratulates them on their accomplishments.
People standing, holding scholarship awards
2018 awardees: Victor Guadian, Jose Munoz, Emma Sertich, Vincent Koster, Dr. Lauren Garner, Mitchell Moreda, Joni Shaffery, and Geena Rohr. Not pictured: Heidi Burgess, who is studying abroad in Italy this fall.

A crowd of people listens to Bob speak
CRFG Central Coast chapter members and guests learn about kiwis from Bob Criswell at his Mallard Lake Ranch. 10 acres of kiwis surround his home.

Meeting on October 13, 2018:
Mallard Lake Ranch

Our venue this month was a visit at Kiwi Bob’s Kiwi farm.

Wow, what a magnificent place!

Upon parking our cars we were greeted by several, sweet ankle-high dogs. Alejandro, (the principal orchard worker and overseer) was also there to welcome us. We circumvented a large pond and saw ducks and chickens all roaming freely.

Bob Criswell and his wife Kirsten were our hosts. Kiwi Bob’s parents bought the farm about 1988. Bob helped his parents run the farm and sell fruit at farmers markets as a teen. In 2004 Bob and Kirsten moved back to the area and decided to develop the kiwi farm and production. Bob has chosen to stay local. He sells to our local schools, CSA’s and Farmer’s Markets.

Kiwis were originally from China, they became popular in Australia (thus the name “Kiwi”) and then moved to the States. Bob has one fruiting variety ‘Hayward’ (the female). The vines are planted in a ratio of 10 females to 1 male. Bob has the reputation of having super sweet kiwis. He thinks it might have something to do with the pond that he uses as a reservoir for irrigation. Maybe the fish poop from the pond? Hmmm.

Evelyn standing amongst Kiwi vines
Evelyn checking out the ripe kiwi fruit in the 10 acres of vines.

Each year the Criswells have Honeybees brought in to insure good pollination. The kiwis are big drinkers so they are watered well. They have no pests to speak of. Winter chill plays a role in good kiwi production too. This last year saw a very low chill total, and Bob believes that that may account for an overall lower production this year. After several methods of pruning, he believes the optimal method is to simply remove old and tangled wood. Opening them up to good sun exposure. Maximum sun exposure is important. The whole kiwi orchard is harvested with-in 3 to 5 days, generally around the first week of November. Kiwi, unlike some citrus, don’t have a good “hang time” and need to be harvested right when their Brix (sugar) content is at 7%. With the right conditions, kiwis can be stored for as much as 6 months. Kiwi have twice the vitamin C of an orange and equal amounts of potassium to a banana. Kiwi Bob also grows a lesser crop of Avocados, Mandarins and Chayotes. If you want to buy some of Kiwi Bob’s produce you can visit him at our local Farmers Markets. He sells at Arroyo Grande on Wednesdays and in SLO on Saturdays.

Thanks Tucker for introducing us to our new friend Kiwi Bob!

3 people standing in front of a small lake
Tucker, Keri, and Bob in front of the lake.
Tucker presents Bob with a hat in front of the chapter
Tucker thanks Bob and presents him with a CRFG hat.

Recently Updated in Website

 

2018

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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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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