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June 2018

Greenwood Scion and Plant Exchange

June 30, 2018 @ 2:30 am - 5:00 am

Join us for our summertime greenwood exchange and fruit tasting!  Spring and summer is the preferred time to graft and propagate many tropical/subtropical species, and to bud graft many of your deciduous fruit trees.  Please bring propagable scionwood of any varieties you would like to share with the chapter, and feel free to also share any surplus of garden seedlings you'd like to unload from your potting bench.  To add to the fun, we'll be tasting and awarding prizes to…

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July 2018

Festival of Fruit 2018

July 26, 2018 - July 30, 2018
Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA United States
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This year our sister Santa Clara Valley chapter is holding the CRFG's annual Festival of Fruit conference. Visit the the Festival of Fruit website for registration and all the details. The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of California Rare Fruit Growers invites you to join us for the Festival of Fruit and the 50th Anniversary of CRFG! July 26–30, 2018 Campbell Community Center 1 W. Campbell Ave. in Campbell, CA Saturday the 28th will be a full day of speakers, presentations,…

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September 2018

Tour of Pacific Berry Breeding & Member Potluck

September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Update: Photos and write-ups are available of our tour of Pacific Berry Breeding and tour of Ken's avocado homestead farm. This is a member event for the Monterey Bay chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers. Please contact us if you are not yet a member and would like to attend. Established in 2003, Pacific Berry Breeding (PBB) was created to develop proprietary raspberry cultivars for the fresh market on behalf of its owner-partners, Salinas-based Naturipe Berry Growers and Santiago,…

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October 2018

Apple Tasting at Wilder Ranch Harvest Festival

October 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd
Santa Cruz,, CA 95060 United States
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Join us for our legendary annual apple tasting, featuring 70+ varieties of rare and heirloom apples, from the mundane to the sublime, flesh crisp white, honey gold, and ruby pink, with flavors from applesauce to pineapple to anise to banana.  Taste from many of the varieties whose cuttings will join the CRFG scion exchange circuit in the winter. $5 per individual, discounts for couples and families, benefiting the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers. This event is…

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December 2018

Winter Potluck 2018

December 1, 2018

At this convivial annual member's event, we meet with our fellow fruit growers, share good food, sample seasonal fruit harvests, and report on our years' garden successes and failures. Join MBCRFG for more info via our email group.

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January 2019

Scion Exchange 2019

January 13 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cabrillo College Horticultural Department

The winter Scion Exchange is our major exchange of dormant propagable fruit material, including hundreds of varieties. Read more info on our scion exchange. Share the Facebook event for this exchange.

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MBCRFG Member Meeting

January 29

Meeting details announced via email.

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February 2019

Pruning Workshop at Grange Orchard

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come learn and practice the fundamentals of winter fruit pruning, as we maintain the orchard at the Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange. This is a hands-on workshop: bring your cleaned and sharpened pruning shears, loppers, and pruning saws.

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Fruit Grafting Workshop

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave
Santa Cruz, 95062 United States
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Freddy Menge, a highly skilled and knowledgeable orchardist and local CRFG member, will lead a workshop where you will practice using a grafting knife, then proceed to graft a scion of your choice onto an apple or pear rootstock which you can take home. Various grafting techniques will be discussed, and other nuances of grafting. Attendees will leave with hands-on experience in cleft grafting. Volunteers from CRFG will help you hone your cutting skills, and review your grafted tree to…

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March 2019

Citrus Tasting and Member Meeting

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Citrus Tasting 2019. Come explore the diversity of Citrus, and sample of dozens of deep-season varieties selected from Gene Lester's legendary Santa Cruz Co. grown collection of 250+ rare cultivars. Discuss techniques for success in Monterey Bay citrus growing, and burgeoning threats to citrus culture. Build community in fruit. Get to know your fellow local fruit growers, share your garden projects and experiments for the season, and help build and direct our thriving network of experienced and novice local fruit…

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