Chocolate – Cacao – Brewed Cocoa! Eric Durtschi tells all on Saturday, March 13th @ 10 am

The son of a candy maker, Dr. Eric Durtschi of Durci had an intense passion for all things chocolate from an early age and started developing dessert recipes with chocolate at 8 years old. He decided to pursue a profession in health and wellness, and as a chiropractor, he was frequently asked to offer diet and healthy living advice. During his research, he learned that cocoa (or cacao) was an amazing superfood in its unadulterated state. He began development of the world’s first brewed cocoa in 2007. His mission is simply to help chocolate lovers rediscover how wonderful chocolate can be.

Eric will be giving a brief introduction to chocolate, going over the history and origins of chocolate up through the current artisan chocolate world.

Members  will receive all Zoom links shortly.



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Video of Grafting Demos now available

I have never seen such enthusiasm for our Grafting Demos and the Experts who performed them!  Many of you want to watch them over and over again.  If you let me know you would like the video, I will “share” it with you from our Google Drive.  Because of chapter privacy policies, this is for members only.  Thanks.

Scion Wood is now all gone

As discussed at our grafting demo meeting Saturday morning, we received a ton of wonderful scion wood from Kathy Connell of Orange  County who also brought up wood from the North San Diego Chapter’s exchange.

The Scion Exchange is now over, however, and all wood has been distributed. Unless you specifically and privately organized an Exchange with another member, we are now done until at least tropical fruit grafting season.

Our annual grafting demos 2-13-21; on Zoom this year for closer viewing!

You’ve seen them and admired them at our Culver City events  Now learn grafting from them  in the comfort of your own home.

Experts Bruce Blavin,  Khaled Hassan and Glen Woodmansee will be showing us their dazzling knife work, beginning at 10 a.m.  Each in turn will be doing a demo of his  favorite grafts, with plenty of time to ask questions.  You will receive your Zoom links in your newsletter this week.

And check out Fang’s Amazing Scion Exchange app to lay in plenty of supplies for the event.  New scion wood keeps getting added so if you haven’t found what you wanted yet, try again.


January 9th @ 10 a.m. : Tom Spellman on pruning deciduous fruit trees!

What a way to start off the year with a bang!  The irrepressible, irreplaceable and enormously  experienced Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson Nursery will be answering your questions about how to handle this winter’s pruning chores.  First, we will be showing a couple of his videos so you can see exactly how he handles both the pruning of young trees and those of more advanced years (like yours truly).  Then he will be taking the mic to help you resolve your specific issues.

If you have a  particularly unusual problem, take a photo of it and put it on your computer or phone so you can “share” it with us at the appropriate time.

All members will be receiving Zoom links in your newsletter ASAP

RIP Plant Sale

The West LA Chapter plant sale is now over.  It was a success beyond our wildest dreams.  Many thanks to our propagators as well as to our buyers who picked up from all over the state.  We are already growing new plants for next year.

In the meantime, why not join the chapter for early notification of all sales? Plus you will get to participate in our wonderful and informative Zoom lectures and field trips.  Click on Membership up in the Main Menu.  We hope to see you soon.