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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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May 2019

Meeting: Citrus/Avocado Propagation Demo & Chapter Business

May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Citrus and avocado grafting/propagation demos, followed by chapter organizing meeting. This is a member event; see mailing list for full details, or contact us.

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June 2019

Meeting: Propagation Party

June 15 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Propagate rare fruit plants for our chapter's Summer exchange, bring your June harvests to our harvest table display, and discuss seasonal orchard concerns in the Grange demo orchard. This is a member event--full details on will be available on our mailing list, or contact us.

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July 2019

Birdsong Orchards Tour and Summer Plant Exchange

July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Orchard Tour: Most folks are astounded to see what new farmers Nadine and Jason have established in their first six years at Birdsong Orchards, with 5+ acres of organic mixed fruit orchards and cutting flowers--including many dozens of varieties of pomes, stonefruit, figs, citrus, persimmons, berries, and more. And goats and llamas and dogs and cats and hens. Come see what small scale organic orcharding on the Monterey Bay is all about, and taste a sampling of the ripeness that…

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August 2019

Festival of Fruit 2019

August 16 - August 18
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia CA 91007, 301 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia CA, CA 91007 United States
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The Foothill Chapter of California Rare Fruit Growers invites you to join us for the Festival of Fruit for 2019! Do you grow fruit? Do you enjoy eating fruit? The California Rare Fruit Growers Festival of Fruit 2019 is a 3-day celebration of fruit with fruit-growing talks, workshops, garden and nursery tours, fruit and plant vendor booths, tastings, and more. Visit the Festival website at http://festivaloffruit.org/ for a full schedule of events, and registration information.

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Fig and Grape Tasting at Wolfskill

August 24
Wolfskill Orchard Experimental Station

Fig and grape tasting at Wolfskill Experimental Orchards. Wolfskill is a UCD/UCANR and USDA-ARS research station/germplasm respository responsible for much important fruit research and many cultivar releases. This is a great opportunity to see an important site for California fruit culture, and to taste a broad variety of expertly grown figs and grapes. Further details and carpool organization on our mailing list.

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October 2019

Apple Tasting at Wilder Ranch 2019

October 19

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. More info at:…

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November 2019

Pomegranate and Persimmon Tasting (Davis)

November 2
Wolfskill Orchard Experimental Station

Hosted by National Clonal Germplasm Repository - Tree Fruit & Nut Crops & Grapes: UC Davis at Wolfskill Experimental Orchard in Winters, California. Opening remarks from lead researcher John Preece, and field specialists Jeff Moersfelder (pomegranates) and Jenny Smith (persimmons) on the varieties offered to taste. This event begins promptly, so don’t be late! Open to CRFG members, please see mailing list for details.

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