January Meeting – January 25, Scion Exchange!

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.

Agenda CRFG Board Meeting January 2017

Crfg Board MeetingThe 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

  1. Vision discussion…fluidity! (Keep it short as we can return to this throughout the year)
  2. Scion Exchange individual roles and responsibilities
  3. Speaker lineup brainstorm (need to nail down Feb/Mar)

    Grafting workshop timeline

  5. Bare-root and blackberry ordering
  6. 2016 volunteer recap (Fang)
  7. Beginning calendar of events
  8. Board communication plan
  9. Recording of meetings plan–events, you tube, historical record etc.
  10. Treasurer! Need to add another board member to Bank acct. ASAP
  11. Budget

    Other topics that can come up in this meeting or later as time allows —
    Holiday party
    Special meeting protocol
    Field trips
    Membership person

  12. Propose items for February agenda

December Meeting and Holiday Party – Dec. 16

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

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.