May 24 – Regular Meeting with Matt Powers

Join us May 24, at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado for our regular monthly meeting. Matt Powers of “The Permaculture Student” will talk to us about Low Stress, High Yield Food Forestry.

About Matt
Matt Powers teaches permaculture and regenerative gardening and farming to families, youth, schools, and adults all over the world through his online courses, videos, and books, which are now being used on all continents (except for Antartica.) Translations of his books are already available in Spanish, Polish, and Arabic with French and Italian coming soon.

As an experienced educator with a masters degree in Education, Matt went from teaching high school students to teaching high school teachers and administrators to teaching districts and appearing at universities and conferences all over America and online, teaching permaculture and sustainable, regenerative skills and thinking.

Matt provides daily inspirational and regenerative content online and is one of the most-followed permaculture teachers online with over 30,000 Twitter followers and tens of thousands of followers in his many Facebook groups and pages ranging in topics from permaculture education to entrepreneurship to gardening to fungi & more. 

Oct. 26 Regular Meeting

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.