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California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter

November 2019 Newsletter
by Lori Bright


November 9th, 2019: Carol and Robert Scott's Garden

A most fantabulous day for a Rare Fruit Grower! We met today at Robert and Carol Scott’s on The Mesa.

Carol and Robert answer questions about their property. An example of Carol's artwork is in the background.

The Scott’s have lived in their home for 42 years and have obviously used that time - as an enthusiastic RFG would - to grow every fruit they could get their hands on. They didn’t stop there though, they also have a plethora of Proteaceae and succulents.

Being artists (both of them), their yard is adorned with quirky, fun and ornate pieces of garden art.

Carol crafts her artwork from items found at yard sales and swap meets.
Robert has developed mad welding skills from former occupations.
More of Carol's artwork.

We started our meeting with Alisha thanking Tucker for helping with meetings while Alisha was unavailable. Tucker has done a wonderful job but it’s great to see you too Alisha!

Does anybody want to host a meeting at their home? We’re open to ideas.

Next meeting will be our Pot Luck at the P G and E Center. To be held at Noon on Dec 14. Bring a dish and any plants for our raffle.

Sheri asks that if you haven’t yet, come visit our Facebook page. facebook logo
It’s a lovely page: come join, share, learn and inform others.

There are a plethora of trees anywhere you look on the Scott's property. In this view alone lie a multi-grafted apple, asian pear, eugenia, cherry of the Rio Grand, and a Russian variety of manderin.

The Scott’s property is 2.4 acres and it is chalk full of amazing plants. The Scott’s are big proponents of growing their plants from seed, simply amazing! I have made an effort to list many of the edibles. Though this list isn’t “All Inclusive”, you’ll get the idea of just how incredible their place is. Bear with me while I try to list them in a nomenclature that could be understood by everybody. I’ll first list Genus, species then Common Names and ultimately cultivar names or just “Many” meaning several cultivars or seedlings. These are in no special order, so maybe use your imagination and visualize yourself walking through their garden as you read.

Genus SpeciesCommon NameCultivar Names (or "Many" if several cultivars or seedlings)
Eugenia unifloraPitanga, Surinam CherryVermillion and more...
Pouteria lucumaLucuma
Garcinia, several speciesLoquatBig Jim and seedings
Clausena excavataPink Wampee
Clausena spCinnamon Wampee
Eugenia aggregataCherry of the Rio Grand
Plinia caulifloraJaboticabaSeveral
Casimiroa edulisWhite SapoteVernon
Casimiroa tetrameraWooly leaved Sapote
Casimiroa pringlei
Pouteria sapotaMamey Sapote
Mespilus germanicaMedlarBreda
Morus albaSeveral
Morus nigra Several
Ficus caricaFig TreeOver a dozen cultivars
Murraya koenigiiCurry Tree
Juglans regiaWalnut TreeSeedlings and Carmelo
Psidium guajavaTropical GuavaSeveral with one called “Orange” by some Old-timers
Psidium catteyanumStrawberry Guava
Psidium catteyanum littoraleLemon or Yellow Guava
Feijoa sellowianaPineapple Guava
Asimina trilobaPawpawSunflower, Mango and Seedlings
Maclura tricuspidataChe Fruit TreeA pollinating pair
Eugenia brasiliensisGrumichamba
Myrcianthes pungensGuabiju
Elaeagnus philippinensisLingaro
Gleditsia triacanthosHoney Locust
Butia capitataJelly Palm
Bunchosia argenteaPeanut Butter Fruit Tree
Pimenta dioicaAllspice
Compomanesia phacaFlying Saucer Fruit Tree
Syzygium jambolanumJambolan
Dovyalis caffraKei Apple
Annona cherimolaCherimoyaMany
Olea europaeaFruiting Olive TreePendolino
Macadamia integrifoliaMacadamia Nut Tree
Diospyros virginianaAmerican Persimmon
Diospyros texanaTexas Persimmon
Diospyros kakiJapanese Persimmon or Kaki
Punica granatumPomegranateSeveral including a Scott’s original named “Blond Azure”
Persea americanaAvocadoMany


A Breda Giant Medlar.
Robert offers a dish of Paw-Paws from the Scott's trees.
Known as Umkokolo in Africa, this Kei apple tree has round, yellow, sour fruit. We found they were much too sour for some, tasty to others. Here, Robert points out its 2" thorns.
A tree provides the trellis for this healthy Dragon Fruit plant.
The Scott's vegetable bed.
These beautiful Chinese Mulberries were brought by Gabrielle from her home tree.
After having tasted the delicious Chinese Mulberries before the meeting, everyone raced toward this tree when we saw it in the Scott's yard.

As you might guess they also have a Citrus collection including Cara Cara Orange, Lisbon Lemons, two pummelo crosses called “Cocktail” and Poorman’s Orange, Owari Mandarins. They have Apples, Pears, Asian Pears, Plums, Pluots, Peaches and I’m sure I missed many. As for smaller fruit-bearing plants, they have Solanum muricatum - Pepino Dulce, Vanilla planifolia – Vanilla Bean Orchid, Ananas comosus – Pineapple, Lycium barbarum – Goji Berry, Capparis spinosa – Capper plant and so much more....

As for Pearls of Wisdom:
The Scott’s share that if they buy trees, they buy from Burnt Ridge Nursery and Orchards.
They purchase their cool gopher traps from Trapline Products.
They have horse poop delivered weekly and use every bit that they can get their hands on.
They collect seeds and grow incredible plants. Robert says that it’s All about Patience.

Trapline stainless steel gopher traps helped the Scotts catch 107 gophers this year so far!
Tags from a variety of apples hang down from the limbs of this tree. All trees are nourished with local horse poop, delivered every Monday.
Espaliered, grafted pluots include Dapple Dandy and Supreme. The limbs are cut in the spring when they get 1 foot long so that fruiting spurs will grow. Robert says he doesn't recommend espaliering pluots because of their vigorous growth.

CRFG Booth at Arbor Day, Saturday, November 2nd, 10-noon.

Tucker, Marv, Alisha, and Seth manning the CRFG Central Coast Chapter booth. Photo by Joe Sabol.
The CRFG Central Coast Chapter was represented at the San Luis Obispo Arbor Day festival.

Joe brought Dragon Fruit cuttings, Marv brought the sign as well as a carload of plants to sell, pineapple guava fruit, a pop-up and grafting tools. Manny brought plants to Marv to sell, and Tucker brought trees to sell. Seth brought tables and some plants to sell.

Thank you CRFG volunteers!

Orchard Work Day: October 26, 2019

Today's rockstars:
Front row: Maggie, Jessie, Henry, Lucy, Mike
Back row: Manny, Tucker, Seth, Pet, Marv, Frank, Christine, Lyn, Joe, Drina, Mark, Jenny

Eighteen people showed up and knocked out all the work by 11am! Weeds whacked, fallen tree signs rehung, broken drip emitters repaired or replaced, area under sycamore tree cleaned up and trash removed! Jujubes, Pettingill and Red Fuji apples, and a few asian pears were ripe and enjoyed!



Donations of Apple Trees Grafted by Marv Daniels and Tucker Schmidt

Tucker and Marv

CRFG is well represented by Central Coast members Marv Daniels and Tucker Schmidt. They grafted apple scions to one hundred root stock this year alone, and then gave the trees away to organizations they wanted to support. They paid for the rootstock, acquired the containers and potting mix, grafted, planted, fertilized, watered and then cared for these trees to donate them to organizations around the county!

A list of organizations that received grafted apple trees so far this year:

  • 4H Field Day
  • Academy Travel School
  • Afternoon of Epicurean Delights
  • Arroyo Grande Village Summer
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County
  • Canzona Woman's Voice
  • Central Coast Aquarium
  • Central Coast Railroad Festival
  • Center for Creative Thought
  • ECOSLO
  • El Camino Homeless Organization
  • Fort Hope
  • GleanSLO
  • Hi Mt. Lookout
  • Jubilee By the Sea
  • Noor Foundation
  • Opera San Luis Obispo
  • Pacific Repertory Opera
  • Senior Nutrition Program of San Luis Obispo County
  • SLO Co, Golden Retrievers
  • SLOCASA
  • Sr. Volunteer Services
  • Taste & See - St. Patrick's School
  • Vineyard Dog Park

Thank you Marv and Tucker!!!


Website Updates


EcoSlo Guided Hikes

List of EcoSlo local hikes.

Alisha provides us with this list of free, local, docent-led hikes from EcoSlo. She says, "For CRFG members needing to take a break from weeding and harvesting and canning the fruits of their labor, here is a fun way to get out and about on some guided hikes in the SLO area."

 


2019

Oct
October Meeting: Rick Tibben's Home   -   Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival 2019   -   Master Gardeners' Fall Festival   -   YouTube Video: How To Never Have A Serious Poison Oak/Ivy Rash Again!
Sept
September Meeting: Bartleson Ranch
August
No August Meeting: CRFG's Foothill Chapter hosted the 2019 Festival of Fruit!
July
July Meeting: 2nd Annual Fruit Tasting in the CRFG Demonstration Orchard   -   Orchard Work Day: June 29, 2019   -   Website Update: Orchard Map Updated
June
June Meeting: Gabriel Frank's Demonstration Garden   -   Larry's 3.5 Pound Cherimoya   -   "The Last of His Kind Farming Fruit in the Silicon Valley:" Andy Mariani
May
May Meeting: Barbara and Mathew Forbes' Gardens   -   Jujubes and Macadamias added to the "Fruiting Plants that Grow in the Central Coast Area" webpage   -   May 2019 Update from the San Luis Obispo Agricultural Commissioner
Apr
April Meeting: Jack Swords' Orchards   -   Orchard Workday April 20, 2019   -   April 2019 Update from the San Luis Obispo Agricultural Commissioner
Mar
March Meeting: Meet The Grafting Magicians!   -   New Pest: Plum Bud Gall Mite Fact Sheet
Feb
Meeting: February 16, 2019: Annual Scion Exchange and Grafting Party
Jan
Annual Pruning Workshop with guest pruner Tom Spellman
 

2018

Dec
December Holiday Party   -   The Art of Hoshigaki
Nov
November Meeting: Tucker and Keri Schmidt's Home Garden   -   John Salisbury on starting a Wine Grape Operation
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

Nov/Dec
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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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