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.

Bio
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 mwichman@ucsd.edu to discuss and / or RSVP.

February and March Regular Meeting

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.

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.