Central Coast Chapter CRFG

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The Leaflet is the Central Coast chapter's newsletter.

2017


Thank you, Lori Bright, for volunteering to write up the newsletter from August through December!

August

California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter


August Meeting: Les Ferreira's Garden and Introduction to the Art of Bonsai!

If you didn’t see Dr. Les Ferreira’s landscape on the 12th you really missed out! What an amazing place. Don’t let anybody tell you that they “Don’t have room for another plant”. Les’ place is the perfect example of how to make space where you think you have none. He has every plant you could ever want and his landscape is absolutely beautiful to boot!

Les gave us a quick introduction into the art of Bonsai. We were all so inspired that we have twisted Les’ arm, and he will be doing a more in depth demonstration for us in March. Don’t bring any “Heavy Metal” to this demonstration, (unless it is in the form of Pruners) as we will be serenaded by classical music as we prune. Only 15 total spaces are available and 4 of those have already been taken, so don’t miss out on this one. That’s March 3, 2018. Email Les at lsferrei@calpoly.edu to reserve one of the remaining 11 seats!

Les explains how and why the bonsai is cut. Photo by Joe Sabol.
We learn that listening to classical music ensures a calming experience while practicing the art of bonsai.


Joe introduces seven of this year's scholarship awardees. Standing, back row: Alisha Taff (CCC CRFG co-chair), Haleigh Jones, Kaitlyn Garcia, Kalena Bonnier-Cirone, David Luevano, Michaela Chin, Sunny Brucker, Foster Hengst. Photo by Joe Sabol.
2017 Scholarship Awardees!

Thank you to our terrific Sponsorship Committee, and the sponsorship awardees! Because of their hard work, we were able to award eight scholarships this year!

Kalena Bonnier-Cirone, Sunny Brucker, Michaela Chin, Kaitlyn Garcia, Dulce Espinoza-Valdez, Foster Hengst, Haleigh Jones, and David Luevano were awarded scholarships. Seven of the awardees were able to attend our August meeting to tell a little bit about themselves, their goals, and to receive their awards.

Our gratitude also to each CRFG member that donated plants and/or volunteered hours: your dedication and generosity allows these scholarships to be provided!

See 2017 Scholarship Awardees for more information.


San Luis Obispo Master Gardeners' Tomato Extravaganza

Aug 19th we will have a CRFG booth at the SLO Master Gardeners' Tomato Extravaganza.
See the story in The Tribune for details about this event!

Thanks to our volunteers who will help us with the CRFG Display and Plant Sale:
  • Lori Bright
  • Felicity Lazo
  • David Luevano (one of the CCC CRFG 2017 scholarship recipients!)
  • Mo Moudakis
  • Pat Moudakis
  • Gunde Nemling
  • Richard "Dick" Pottratz
  • Bridget Ritterbush
  • Jim Ritterbush
  • Linda Robertson
  • Tucker Schmidt
  • Alisha Taff
  • Nell Wade
The event goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be in the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo, CA. We are in the parking lot with a pop up tent, thanks to Marv Daniels.

Our thanks to Robert! What a very nice bunch of plants you donated to the M.G. Tomato Extravaganza!!!! We will also sell a few grafted trees, sign up new members, and make friends. The printed flyers about the plants will help us to "sell out" on Saturday!!! We will have our annual "truckers' hitch" workshop for Dick Pottratz. We shall stay in the shade and share a water bottle... or bring your own?


September's Chapter Meeting

September 9, we are in for a treat. We will be visiting with Dr. Tim LaSalle. Dr. LaSalle, (who was CEO at The Rodale Institute, among other amazing positions he’s held in his career) will share some of his wealth-of-knowledge regarding “Regenerative Agriculture.” I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!


Help Needed Babysitting Rootstock for the February 2018 Scion Exchange!

Joe Sabol needs some caregivers for Pear and Apple rootstock trees. These roots are canned up in one gallon cans and need water and care as they are happy and growing!! We need care-givers to keep these plants watered and cared for until our Feb. 2018 scion exchange when they will be sold. Write Joe Sabol if you can babysit and water 25 or 50 of these precious rootstock: jsabol@calpoly.edu


Recently Updated in 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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