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The regular meeting of CRFG San Diego is the fourth Wednesday of every month. Our meetings are held at Casa Del Prado, Room 101 at Balboa Park. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. We hope to see you there! All are welcome but we do hope you’ll become a member.
For our February 22nd meeting we are pleased to announce Barry Koral will present about optimizing fruit production on small urban properties.
Barry Koral is a veganic food enthusiast and grower providing tropical fruits to the SoCal community. He is a motivational speaker for optimal living. Barry owns Koral Tropical Fruit Farm, located in Vista, CA. He is an artist who embraces the philosophy that all aspects of life are art. Since 1968, Barry has been passionately involved in preparing and growing fruits and vegetables. He was the owner/manager of a natural food store. Barry currently grows for and brokers farm fresh fruit for Ocean Beach People’s Organic Foods Market, Specialty Produce, Cream of the Crop Natural Food Store, and Seaside Market. For the past 25 years, Barry has sold fruit at numerous San Diego farmers’ markets, and he is still active at the Hillcrest Market on Sundays. Barry loves sharing his accumulated knowledge as it is an integral part of his deeper passion for the way he chooses to express life and do the most good for the planet. Barry currently farms on 1.33 acres growing 200 fruit trees and will be sharing his unique approach to optimizing fruit production on small urban properties and how to get it to market.
For our March meeting, we will host Pat Nolan, Plant Pathologist for San Diego Co. department of Ag, Weights, & Measures. She will be discussing preparation/prevention for huanglongbing, the worst disease of citrus in the world.
In order to have the least impact on this year’s Scion Exchange, the Executive Council has decided to move the vote on the 2017 budget to the February Meeting. The proposed budget is attached for consideration. If you have any questions or comments, please attend the February 22 regular meeting.
The schedule of events for this years scion exchange is as follows:
What: Scion Exchange
When: Jan. 25 – See below for times
Where, Room 101, Casa del Prado , Balboa Park
6pm Doors open for folks to drop off scions that are appropriately labeled. Volunteers will be organizing tables.
6:30pm Scion Exchange begins for 2017 CRFG-SD members only. Arrive early to join and pay the annual dues of $10 by cash or check, or paypal in advance.
7:30pm Scion exchange opens for the general public (non-CRFG SD members)
Please bring disease free wood to share that is properly labeled with the cultivar/variety. Any cultivar that is patented is also not permitted (e.g., Spce Zee Nectaplum). Note: Apples are especially prone to fire blight and we ask you to please take care to not share wood that is, or may be diseased. Same is true for any stone fruits that have small holes in the wood, or have sap that is oozing. Please don’t bring diseased wood!
Scions should be cut to length and brought in a Ziploc bag.
Please bring whatever you need to process the wood you plan to take from the exchange, such as masking tape, bags, markers, etc. Please take only what you can reasonably use so there is enough to go around.
The CRFG San Diego Chapter Board Meeting
The CRFG San Diego Chapter Board Meeting takes place the first Wednesday of the month and is open to the public. Visitors are welcome, may voice their opinion, but cannot vote.
January 2017 Board Meeting Details
Time: 6 PM
Location: Marianne’s House: 7144 San Miguel Ave, Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Agenda for January 2017 Board Meeting
- Vision discussion…fluidity! (Keep it short as we can return to this throughout the year)
- Scion Exchange individual roles and responsibilities
- Speaker lineup brainstorm (need to nail down Feb/Mar)
Grafting workshop timeline
- Bare-root and blackberry ordering
- 2016 volunteer recap (Fang)
- Beginning calendar of events
- Board communication plan
- Recording of meetings plan–events, you tube, historical record etc.
- Treasurer! Need to add another board member to Bank acct. ASAP
Other topics that can come up in this meeting or later as time allows —
Special meeting protocol
- Propose items for February agenda
Come celebrate the Holidays with your friends and fellow fruit growers, this Friday, Dec. 16. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the celebration begins at 7 pm. We’ll gather at our normal meeting location, Room 101 of the Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. We’ll provide the turkey and ham in our traditional potluck style feast, so please plan to bring a side dish. Any questions about the event should be directed to our Holiday Party Committee Chair, Roger Pollard.
If you’re interested in participating in the gift exchange as done in the past, bring a small unwrapped present along.
What: Holiday Celebration
When: Dec. 16 – doors open at 6:30, celebration begins at 7 pm
Where, Room 101, Casa Del Prado , Balboa Park
October 26, 7 p.m. Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park – Driving Directions
Doctoral candidate and pomegranate grower John M. Chater will talk to us about some of the amazing work being done with the pomegranate.
John M. Chater is the grandson of California pomegranate breeder Sassin John Chater, who lived in Ventura County and was a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers for several years. John graduated from UCSB in 2004 and worked for Suntory and Jackson and Perkins Roses at their research and breeding facility in Somis, CA. After Suntory, John worked for a soils engineering firm in Ventura County before being persuaded by his colleagues to pursue graduate work. He applied and was accepted to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2009 where he received a Master of Science in agriculture with a specialization in crop science. It was there he began research on pomegranate under fruit scientist and pomologist Professor Lauren Garner in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department. His research at Cal Poly involved applying foliar nutrient applications on trees to reduce split in ‘Wonderful’ pomegranates. After Cal Poly, he was accepted into the plant biology Ph.D. program in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. At UCR, John has done work on pomegranate propagation, fruit and juice quality, and orchard establishment. He works under Dr. Donald Merhaut, an environmental horticulture specialist. Merhaut Lab currently has two pomegranate cultivar trials, one in Riverside, CA and one in Ventura County, CA, where they have planted 12 different pomegranate cultivars, 15 trees per cultivar, in experimental designs to evaluate their establishment, precocity (flowering and fruiting), usefulness to growers, and desirability to consumers. He has advanced to candidacy for his doctorate degree and is currently writing manuscripts for his dissertation. In 2015, he started a pomegranate breeding program to continue his grandfather’s work.
Join us for an ice cream social with authentic Mexican Fruit Ice Cream at Room 101 of Casa Del Prado in beautiful Balboa Park. In addition to the ice cream social, we’ll hear from some of our members who attended the 2016 Festival of Fruit and the 2016 National Heirloom Seed Festival.
Stay tuned for the new website launch!
Join the fun Festival of Fruit 2016 in San Luis Obispo happening August 26-28, 2016. More details at http://festivaloffruit.org.