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February 2020

Winter Pruning and Field Grafting Workshop

February 15, 2020

We will demonstrate and discuss the basics of dormant-season/winter fruit tree pruning (apples, pears, plums, pomegranates, persimmons, etc), tool use and maintenance, and field grafting techniques, as we gather to maintain a demo orchard. Followed by general meeting. This is a MBCRFG member event. Details on mailing list. Join MBCRFG online or contact us for more info.

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March 2020

60+ Variety Citrus Tasting (Cancelled for COVID-19)

March 15, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA United States

Update: Our citrus tasting this year is unfortunately cancelled due to recommendations of public health authorities pursuant to COVID-19 epidemic. Extensive citrus tasting and discussion of citrus culture in our region. Member of MBCRFG, details by email, join here. Depending on what's tasting good, we'll have likely 60 or more locally grown varieties of citrus to taste: that's lemons, limes, citranges, grapefruits, pomellos, kumquats, oranges, satsumas, clementines, other mandarins, finger limes, various hybrids, etc. See some photos of all the…

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April 2020

Farm Tour (Cancelled for COVID-19)

April 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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May 2020

Spring Green Exchange (Cancelled for COVID-19)

May 16, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Live Video Seminar: “Producing Avocados in Northern California”

May 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Monterey Bay CRFG online for this inspiring and informative live presentation on avocado horticulture from MBCRFG's own Ellen Baker and Freddy Menge, of Epicenter Avocado Nursery in Santa Cruz Co, California. They will discuss the basics of successful avocado planting and care, variety selection, as well as some of their unique observations on avocado pollination and culture in our more marginal northern region, and will answer live questions on these subjects. Because of shelter-in-place health provisions, we are holding…

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August 2020

Subtropicals and Tropicals in California Agroecosystems

August 9, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

"Subtropicals and Tropicals in California Agroecosystems" Presentation by Barath Raghavan, followed by Q&A A meeting of the Monterey Bay, California Rare Fruit Growers. Remote video-seminar via Zoom. Attendance limited. Priority admission to members of MBCRFG (join), and additional seats will be made available to non-members who pre-register here. "In this talk I'll discuss 100+ edible subtropical and tropical species and some (ongoing) experiences growing them outdoors in various microclimates in Northern and Southern California, both in the ground and in…

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November 2020

“Growing Rare Subtropical Fruits in Santa Cruz County”

November 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

"Growing Rare Subtropical Fruits in Santa Cruz County" Presentation by Nate Blackmore, followed by Q&A Saturday, Nov 14 2020 at 7pm (Join early at 6:45 to ensure your entry!) A meeting of the Monterey Bay, California Rare Fruit Growers Remote video-seminar via Zoom, link to be provided to chapter members at 6:45pm, 11/14 (non-members can register here for overflow attendence) "Have you ever thought about growing tropical fruits? Dreamed of being able to find the flavors that remind you of…

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December 2020

Holiday “Potluck” Meeting

December 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our year-end holiday potluck meeting will be held virtually via Zoom this year. Complete details on our email list. Year in review Lightning presentations: Making Hoshigaki (w/ Ken Konviser), Interstem Grafting (w/ Freddy Menge) Member "Show and Tell" slideshow Board elections

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February 2021

Scion Exchange 2021

February 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are glad to be able to still offer a safe and scaled-back winter Scion Exchange this year pursuant to public health guidelines, on a socially distanced order-fulfillment/pickup model. In order to accomplish this, our 2021 exchange is limited to members (join here) who list their donations/requests sufficiently in advance of our January 31, 2021 (Feb 7 for rainout) pickup date.  Full instructions are provided by email. We are exchanging dormant fruitwood, seeds and plants, of scores of varieties.

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March 2021

March Meeting: Avian Pest Control / Elderberries

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We have two terrific speakers planned for the evening. First, Jo Ann Baumgartner from the Wild Farm Alliance will speak to us regarding AVIAN PEST CONTROL – encouraging birds to inhabit our spaces to control pest insects, rodents and pest birds. This should be a great presentation – and we will follow her talk with a Q&A session. Second, Katie Reneker from Carmel Berry Company will discuss ELDERBERRIES!  Many of us have expressed interest in elderberries, and Katie is just the person to…

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