Annual Pot Luck and Plant Sale

Picnic & Plant sale will again be at the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden on Sat. July 15th from 11 AM to 3 PM

Attending members must be members of our chapter’s limited and also be members of our parent CRFG organization. We have, again, invited our friends from the San Diego City Chapter to join us. Let the Admission person from SDBG know you are there for the CRFG picnic and you will not be charged admission or parking. This is for Members & Family. You must have reservations. San Diego Chapter members should email Jennifer Fitzpatrick at motheuniverse@yahoo.comto rsvp by July 12th. Space is limited.

We will be in the patio area next to the Ecke Building, near the Undersea Succulent Garden. The picnic is from 11 AM-3 PM. This is a potluck. Please bring a ready-to-serve dish that will feed 8-10. Food should be on the table before noon.

June Meeting – Tomato Grafting

Paul Maschka of Wild Willow Farm and Agua Dulce Farm of San Diego will talk to us about the technique of grafting tomatoes. When using the proper root stock, growers see an average of 20-40% increase in production as well as increased resistance to disease and common tomato maladies.

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. 

Cherimoya Grafting Demo

Come join us Saturday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. as our esteemed Bob Holzinger will give a cherimoya grafting demo at our Bancroft Propagation Site (3845 Spring Dr, Spring Valley, CA 91977).

This event will be free to CRFG-SD members, $10 for non-members. You can also join our organization at the event, yearly membership is $10, or become a member today – via our registration page.

We will also hold our normal Bancroft Propagation meeting on the same day, beginning at 10 a.m. with an emphasis on weeding! In addition, the Bancroft site will host an East County Backyard produce exchange , starting at 10:30 a.m., bring any extra produce you have and join the swap! We’ll share a potluck lunch, and then go into the grafting demo.

Please feel free to join us and stay for the grafting demo.

We will have a limited amount of scion wood available for purchase at $1.25 per stick. In addition, rootstock will be very limited and available on a first come, first served basis. This will be cash only, so bring your greenbacks.

Please RSVP for this event at our Event Bright Page by clicking here.

Any questions or concerns, please contact CRFG SD Co-Chair, Benjamin Cossel

April Meeting

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Farming – Talk by Alden Hough of Sky Mountain Permaculture

April 26th, at 7 PM

Rainwater harvesting earthworks have been used by humans for thousands of years to grow food in drylands environments. Earthworks sculpture the land to divert water to where you want it to go. They create living sponges of organic matter, healthy soil and diverse vegetation that quickly infiltrate water and pump it back out in the form of fruit, shade, fertility, erosion control, wood, beauty and wildlife.

At this talk Alden will share the success and challenges he has faced creating rainwater
harvesting systems throughout San Diego. He will explain how you can capture the millions of
gallons of free water available using inexpensive, simple methods.

Alden Hough is a Permaculture Designer and Educator, and Program Director of Non-Profit
Organization Sky Mountain Permaculture in Escondido, where he teaches people how to
regenerate the Earth and live more sustainable lives. He has created a seven acre rainwater
harvesting demonstration site to show people how to ‘first plant the water’. Alden graduated
from the Center for Agro-ecology and Sustainable Food Systems program and has a geology
degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Earth Day at Balboa Park

Earth Day in Balboa Park, Sunday April 23rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CRFG will have a booth and we will be selling plants / trees etc. as well as providing information about the club.

We need volunteers to propagate, solicit vendors, organize plants on Saturday and work the booth on Sunday. We would invite you to join us as volunteers, we always have a great time!

Please send an email to Maddie to discuss and / or RSVP.