Field Trip to Mark Steele’s orchard July 10th @ 10 am

Most of us know Mark Steele as the extremely knowledgeable banana expert who has generously shared with us (at both LA and WLA chapter meetings) his vast experience with the AAA and BBB genome groups (and everything in between).

He is also, however, a self-proclaimed Fig Nerd… as witnessed by his co-hosting a major sale of exotic fig plants this past fall.   And now we have a rare chance to see both his banana plants and fig tree, as well as citrus, stone fruit, cherimoya, and other fruits he grows.

When not in his garden or chasing his 4-year-old son, Mark is a Professor of Biology at California State University Northridge.

On Saturday, July 10th, he will be taking us on a tour of his yard and discussing the ups and downs of fruit cultivation.   While most of us will be tuning in via Zoom, he says he can handle up to  5 warm immunized bodies, so if you would like to attend in person, please let us know.  This may well be your once in a lifetime opportunity to head home with some of Mark’s special plants, so attendance will have to be on a first-come, first served basis.

Zoom links, etc will be in  members’ forthcoming newsletter.  Mark’s address will only be provided to those who  make the 5 body cut -off.  PLEASE do  not claim a spot unless you are 100% you can attend.

Photo by Martin Angelov on Unsplash

2 Replies to “Field Trip to Mark Steele’s orchard July 10th @ 10 am”

  1. Hello. I am not a member, but am in Santa Monica for a few weeks and am very interested in attending this incredible opportunity! If there is any way possible to visit in person ( I am vaccinated, with proof that I will happily share), I would be most appreciative.
    I have come to California from Chicago with tremendous curiosity about the different varieties of fruits that grow here.

    1. Dawn, I’m sorry I didn’t see your comment until after the field trip. In any case, we do record these and once it is up on our Google Drive, I can send you a link.

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