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The Leaflet is the Central Coast chapter's newsletter, written by Lori Bright

2017


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December

California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter


Ashley calls out dozens and dozens of numbers as members check their tickets and claim their new plants.
Meeting December 9, 2017

Our Year’s End Meeting was started off with an amazing plant raffle! Thank you to our gracious growers for their wonderful contributions. We had everything from Avocado, Banana, Cherimoya, Dragon Fruit, Eugenias, Fig, Ice cream Bean, Kale Tree, Macadamia, Moringa, Pepino, Pineapple and Pomegranate. No one left empty handed!

A nominee list for our 2018 Officers and Committee Members was handed out. All nominees were voted in with a big Yea!

Our Potluck Dinner was perfect and delicious, and all the while we ate we enjoyed a 2017 slide show of our group. Great Photos! Thanks Joe!
A wide variety of plants lovingly grown by dedicated members, including Robert and Carol Scott and Marv and Pet Daniels, await their new homes.
Members donated gardening books for sale by silent auction and direct purchase. All money will be used for scholarships. Keri, June (whose idea this was), Tucker, and Grace (not pictured) helped sell the books.
Table filling up with tasty dishes for our potluck meal!

Announcements:

See Nell for pre-order of Rootstocks

January 13 is the date for our regular meeting to be held at the Crops Science Building. We will have the indefatigable Tom Spellman from Dave Wilson Nurseries there to talk Pruning Backyard Fruit Trees.

February 17, (The Third Saturday this Month) We will put on our Fabulous Scion Exchange and grafting party! Don’t forget to keep saving those bags for rootstock. Nell will collect them.

A bit of sad news: L.E. Cooke has announced that they will be closing their doors for good.
All of us who got to see Ron Ludekens last month were so very privileged. I have to guess that he knew what was in store, but he none-the-less did a great presentation focused on the history of their company. He gave great accolades to his grandmother and his grandfather. How fortunate we were to spend this time with him. That being said, I know I will be making another sojourn up to Bay Laurel Nursery to purchase those items that might not be on the market in the near future, as Dave Wilson and other nurseries begin to fill L. E. Cooke's big shoes. L.E. Cooke, you Will Be Missed!


Our Presentation this month was done by Marcel Mueller.
Marcel Mueller talks to the membership at the December holiday luncheon.
Marcel is a Cal Poly Student (though through his presentation we learn that he is wise beyond his years).
We were taught to BEE BETTER!
Marcel began his love of nature and the environment at a very early age. By age 11 he began bee keeping and found it magical. Marcel has looked into the decline of our European Honey Bee and has studied correlations between pesticide sprayings and Bee mortality. Pesticides aren’t the only thing of concern to our Honey Bees, the Varroa mite, some bad bacteria and beetles can threaten hives as well. Even when Bee Keepers try to spray for Varroa Mite they kill bees. There is a sensitive balance that must be respected when Bee keeping. Marcel asserts the necessity of using clean hives, clean equipment and clean methods of bee keeping. Marcel is fostering better communication between Growers and Bee keepers, thereby lessening inappropriate pesticide sprayings. The Bees ARE doing the work of pollinating the Growers crops AFTER ALL. :-) Marcel has endeavored to start a breeding program to introduce tougher genetics into the Honey Bee population. He has found that our rich diverse environment here in SLO has a large gene pool of Native Bees to dip into. An amazing undertaking.

Marcel's BEE-autiful slides, information and passion captivate the membership

Marcel encourages us to:
  • Plant flowering plants and trees
  • Buy Local
  • Reduce Pesticide use (When pesticides are necessary, read the label and spray at night)
  • Donate to groups for the advancement of Bee health
Marcel was an inspiration, and we wish him all our Best!

Immerse yourself in the magical world of seeds at EcoFarm's Seed & Scion Swap on Jan 25!

Location: Asilomar in Monterey

The new year invites new beginnings. Soon, winter will give way to spring, and more hospitable conditions will invite sleeping buds to bloom and dormant seeds to awaken. Use this season to gather your seeds for EcoFarm's Seed & Scion Swap, a special EcoFarm Conference event on Thursday, January 25th. Register now!

Expand the biodiversity of your farm or garden by collecting seeds from fellow seed savers and seed companies. Swap labeled, non-hybrid, non-genetically engineered varieties of seeds, as well as scion wood or cuttings from fruit, nut, and berry crops or any other perennial edible plants. Bring scions (tip cuttings) that are well-labeled, and disease and pest free. No citrus or patented cultivars are permitted. Don't forget envelopes and bags!

Experts from the California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) and Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) will be on hand to answer your questions, as well as many other seasoned seed savers at this special EcoFarm Conference event.

Fresh out of seeds? Have no fear - you can still join in the fun and begin a new tradition of seed saving and swapping!

Plus, don't miss these seed-centric workshops offered at EcoFarm Conference: Explore the schedule of 70+ workshops, keynotes, special events and more...

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   -   News from Slovakia   -     -     -     -  
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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