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?!

Growing Mangos in Los Angeles! (via Zoom) August 14th @ 10 am

Jeff Wasielewski is the Commercial Tropical Fruit Crops Extension Agent for UF/IFAS Extension in Miami-Dade County. He is an expert horticulturist with 25 years of experience working with tropical fruit crops and growing techniques in south Florida. Jeff’s goal is to assist all commercial tropical fruit growers in south Florida by providing current, science-based information …

The battle against Silba Adipata is heating up

The CFDA is soliciting comments on its proposal to rate this pest A.  You can read the whole background story here.  The Goleta resident mentioned is our cacao speaker, Eric Durtschi.   The Pasadena resident who first raised the alarm runs the ourfigs.com site.

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  our meeting room.  And this map will help you find the whole complex in Culver City if Google Maps isn’t enough.

 

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