About Us

The California Rare Fruit Growers, West Los Angeles Chapter, are people just like you… only probably with a little more dirt under their fingernails. In backyards, front yards and pots, we are pushing the boundaries of what it is possible to grow west of La Cienega. Our membership includes some of the great authorities on propagating cherimoyas, grafting guavas and growing thirty different varieties of blueberries… We also include beekeepers, worm herders, compost churners; and welcome all others — even those just starting out — who want to learn exactly how it’s done.

PS. If you live east of La Cienega or anywhere else, you are of course also welcome. It is just that the West LA Chapter tends to battle issues like “did we have ANY sun last summer?” and “did we have ANY winter this winter?” more than zones less affected by the nearness of the ocean.

Hey, what’s happening?!

Charles Portney on Blueberries July 13th @ 10 am (NB different location!)

For the very last chapter meeting I am solely responsible for arranging (thank you, new Program Chair Alan!) I have managed to persuade the esteemed Charles Portney to speak to us on “38 years of Amateur Blueberry Growing in Southern California”.    I don’t know anyone who has grown as many different varieties of blueberries …

Registration for the 2019 Festival of Fruit is now open!

NOTE:  THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 29TH! Check out the details and get your registration in pronto at festivaloffruit.org.  The line-up of speakers and tours is fantastic and the price for the three days  is truly amazing, including  free admissions to both the Huntington and the LA Arboretum during the event

Meeting June 8th @ 10 am: Dr. Leryn Gorlitsky on the Fig & the Wasp

Dr. Gorlitsky is a Senior Researcher at UCLA’s Center for Tropical Research as well as a lecturer in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (whose mantra is Moving Science to Action) As such, she is intimately engaged in efforts to combat everything from invasive species to mass extinctions. Her specialty of Tropical Ecology, however, …

Meeting Location

Veterans Memorial Building

4117 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230


This is a large beautiful building and is hard to miss. It’s on the southwest corner of Overland Avenue and Culver Boulevard. This map will help you find parking plus our meeting room.

 

What’s fruiting now/where?

One of the most fascinating topics for our chapter’s  members is this:  what can we grow most successfully in our ocean-mediated micro-climates?

In an attempt to clarify that, we are asking for photos of precisely what you have fruiting at any given time.  Please attach to your images (sent to Contact Us) as much as you know about the species, variety and cultivar that is currently bearing, your zip code and the month in which the photo was taken.  If you can remember where you obtained said plant, that would definitely be bonus!

For example, the image above is a muntingia calabura (aka cotton candy tree).  The fruit is getting ready to ripen in zip code 90402 and it was purchased as a 2″ plant from Logee’s about 3-4 years ago.  See, that wasn’t hard!  If enough of us do this, we can produce a whole visual calendar of what is possible even with no summer.

Check out what we have so far.  Remember, this is just a work in progress.  We need your pix!

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Helpful Links

At the suggestion of Juanita Withrow, WLA Chapter Board Member & Social Media Expert par excellence, we are adding links to organizations or vendors discussed at each of our meetings.  Click here for what came up on September 9th.

And here for what came up on October 14th.

And here for the avocado meeting on June 9th, 2018