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!


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September

California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter


Meeting: September 9, 2017

Another Festive Time was had by all! Thanks to our captivating hosts Tim and Judelon LaSalle. We visited their home, veggie garden, orchard and even enjoyed lounging in their beautiful barn while Tim and Judelon educated us on the attributes of Regenerative Agriculture.

Welcome to our new attendees: Phyllis, Bill, Seth, Tracy, Justin and Jimmie!

Announcements

Harvest Festival will be here soon: September 23, 2017 in Old Arroyo Grande. CRFG will have a booth where we will sell some great plants, make friends and recruit new members. We (the CRFG Central Coast Chapter) are the Scholarship Flagship and by selling our precious cargo (Rare Fruit Plants) we enable more students to reach their academic dreams. Go team!

October Events:
October 6, 7 and 8th the Growing Edible Education 2017 Symposium: Tri-counties Farm to School committee along with several other food-centric organizations will be showing off their demo-growing areas, give workshops and visit the City Farm.

October 11: See Joe regarding the new Ag Ambassadors.

October 14: Our next meeting will be held at the SLO Botanical Gardens.
For all of you that are willing, we would love to have a 6 minute lesson on your Favorite Rare Fruit and how to grow it. Contact Joe.

Nell Wade has asked that we hold onto any bags (like Starbucks bags) that we can use for root stock at the Scion Exchange (Saturday, February 17, 2018). Please set these aside as Nell will collect them closer to our Scion Exchange date.


Tim and Judelon LaSalle: A New Paradigm for Soil Health
Tim talks to us about compost as we stand on the dried remnants of the land cover crops he grew last winter and laid down with a device he borrowed from his neighbor: three water heaters soldered together!

Tim has provided us with both his PowerPoint presentation and additional notes:
  1. LaSalle PowerPoint Presentation (41 MB)
  2. LaSalle Notes (334KB Word document)
Judelon introduced us to the theory of Biodynamics as well as some Biodynamic Preparations. One she is particularly fond of is a combination of cow manure, ground pillow basalt and egg shells. Judelon also elucidated on the amazing results derived from eating the Moranga leaf. Moranga has a full complement of amino acids, and seems to have great medicinal qualities (as well as being a “polite” non-invasive garden addition).

Tim expounded on the importance of Regenerative Agriculture. He highlighted 4 areas of global concern:
  1. Climate
  2. Water Shortages
  3. Hunger
  4. Soil degradation
These problematic issues can be best combated by readdressing our current methods of conventional soil treatments. Tim taught us about No-Till soil treatment, several methods of composting and how to use cover crops. All of these inputs can lessen the harsh soil-killing chemicals that poison our environment. Tim encourages us, not to just think of the soil and the plant as individual components of agriculture. With fungus, bacteria and the like, we need to put it all together and to “Think BIOM”.

 

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   -     -     -     -  
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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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