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California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter

November 2018 Newsletter
by Lori Bright

Tucker and Keri receive black CRFG 'thank you' hats from Alisha
Tucker and Keri receive black CRFG 'thank you' hats from Alisha.

Meeting at Tucker and Keri's, November 10th, 2018

What Fun We Had. Did you try the Che fruit? It was amazing!

Our hosts this month were our very own Tucker & Keri Schmidt! The Schmidt’s are amazing contributors to our chapter. We are so lucky to have them.

Tucker and Keri have been in their house 4 years and the strides they have made really show through. As often is the case at a new home, Tucker and Keri had to remove a lot of weeds and other uncooperative plants before they could begin planting.

Tucker and Keri practice organic growing. They have just under an acre and have begun to fill it with all their favorite things. They have a greenhouse, some bashful chickens and have begun bee keeping. There were a handful of fruit trees there when they arrived but they now have a multitude of species. With more room to grow.

I hope Tucker and Keri will invite us back in a year or two to see the progress. Nice job guys!
Large audience seated in folding chairs in yard, listening to Tucker.
Tucker tells the large audience about the Schmidts' home garden.
 

Events

Dec. 8th is our Potluck meeting at the PG&E Center. Everybody is asked to bring their favorite dish to share. We will also have a plant exchange... and more. (12:00pm, Members only, limited seating.)

Jan. 12th will be our annual Pruning Workshop with Tom Spellman! Woo hoo! Cal Poly Crops Unit at 1:30. The pruning workshop is open to the public.

Feb. 16th: THE BIG EVENT... Scion Exchange, Grafting Demonstrations & Rootstock Sale. This will be open to the public. We will have supplies for grafting available in our Grafting Store. Store and Scion donators are encouraged to arrive at 1:00. Scion Exchange begins at 1:30.

March 9th is our Annual Propagation Meeting at the Seven Sisters Garden. Watch for updates and added info for these meetings.

 

For our November meeting we were fortunate enough to have John Salisbury
John Salisbury speaking before an audience
come to the Schmidt’s home to talk to us about Starting a Wine Grape Operation. John is a 6th generation farmer and has been growing grapes locally since 1996.

John starts us off by explaining that our cooler areas (South of the Grade) are good areas for growing White Grapes, and our more northerly regions (North of the Grade) are best for Red Grapes. Who’d known?

John cautions that this adventure could easily become a misadventure if one is unaware of the costs involved. So, some considerations are: Cost of the Property, Is water adequate and appropriate, Cost of Grafted Grapes (Nematode protection), Texture and nutrient amending of the soil (pH of 6.5- 7), cost of stakes, wire, PVC, Drip Irrigation with emitters, Hand equipment, Power equipment and Pest Control. John’s estimate for a start-up runs about 30 Thousand dollars per Acre! Geeze. Not to mention that you won’t see any returns for 3 to 4 years.
 
John Salisbury speaking before an audience
John Salisbury augments his presentation with hand-drawn diagrams and notes.
The stages of Grape Growing are:
  1. Bud Break (Near St Patty’s Day)
    • Train and remove unnecessary canes
    • Begin irrigation (generally by April)
    • Control Shoots
    • Bloom
    • Fruit Set Leaf Pull
    • Berry sizing
    • Control Aphids and Powdery Mildew

  2. Veraison (Near 4th of July)
    • Berries should be “coloring up”
    • Control Birds (Netting & Bird Screech machine)
    • Cluster Thinning

  3. Harvest (Near Labor Day)
    • Requiring approximately 2.5 people per acre

  4. Dormancy
    • Fertilize & water, roots continue to grow
 
John Salisbury speaking before an audience
A large, attentive audience listens and learns.
John receives his CRFG 'thank you' hat from Alisha
John receives his CRFG 'thank you' hat from Alisha.
 

2018

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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