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September 2021

Cider Making Presentation Featuring Jim Rider

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jim Rider will be giving a presentation on September 28 via Zoom on the mysteries of making cider! Jim Rider is a power hitter in the local fruit world and beyond. A 5th generation Pajaro Valley apple grower with a master’s degree in Pomology from Cornell, for decades he’s been a local leader as an innovative and influential organic orchardist, a pioneering red-fleshed apple breeder, and longtime MBCRFG member. He's also a mainstay provisioner of apple and pear wood for…

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October 2021

Orchard Tour

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Freddy Menge, picking ripe apples. On October 3rd, 1 to 3:30 pm, we invite you to visit Epicenter Orchard in Watsonville, the home of Freddy Menge’s apple, pear, plum, and cherry collection/orchard, the source of many of the apples offered for tasting in the annual MBCRFG apple tasting (cancelled this year due to Covid). During this tour and fruit tasting, we will walk through the trees and talk about growing fruit holistically, pruning styles, wildlife and insect habitat creation, irrigation,…

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