Exactly two years ago, our chapter made a memorable visit to a member’s huge orchard out at Point Dume. Attendance was strictly limited and many of you were disappointed not to be able to see the wondrous array of exotic trees and wildlife that Arnie has been patiently tending for years (and brought safely through the Woolsey Fire that totally surrounded it two months after our visit. )
This year, however, thanks to COVID19, you can see the orchard in all its glory… virtually.
Check your member’s newsletter for the Zoom links. We are still working on getting an unlimited Zoom license but for the time being our Zoom meetings are restricted to members. Because we have so many new members since our Plant Sale, our spreadsheet may be a little out of date. If you don’t receive your newsletter within a few days, please let us know.
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.
Thanks to the Orange County chapter, we have acquired some fairly obscure grafted avocados for our plant sale. To help you figure out what you want, this is a .pdf of characteristics from the BasicAvocadoInformation.com site (which is specific to Southern California). Also check out Greg Alder’s invaluable site: https://gregalder.com/yardposts/category/fruit-trees/avocados/
via Zoom – You will receive an email reminder
(and a duplicate Zoom invitation) to join
the meeting on August 7.
Speaker: Michael Wittman
Attention CRFGers! You have some fun “homework” to do before August 8th. Please see the details below.
Want to learn more about permaculture? Permaculture improves your garden’s soil and reduces greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. Our presenter on August 8th will be Michael Wittman, CEO of Blue Sky Biochar (www.blueskybiochar.com). You might call him the “Char-man of the Board.” Michael is a passionate and knowledgeable speaker. He has extensive knowledge of and experience with permaculture, using biochar and bamboo vinegar. Don’t know what these are? Check out the videos below before our Zoom session on August 8th.
Our meeting will include:
- a live tour of Michael’s amazing food farm (which he also uses as a permaculture laboratory),
- a presentation on what Michael did to get the food farm to its current state,
- Q & A time, and
- Michael will give us a special discount code that we can use on the Blue Sky Biochar web site.
Please watch these short videos before our meeting, so we can learn more together, and go into more depth in the Zoom meeting. If your time is limited, please watch at least the first two videos. You’ll be glad you did!
- Biochar 101: Living Soil at https://youtu.be/UcEi3YMPaJQ (15 minutes)
- Food Forest: Small Beginnings at https://youtu.be/1ToeSBXI7DA — 7 minutes
- We’ll tour the same garden at the beginning of our Zoom meeting, so you can compare the “Before and after.”
- Biochar 101: Bamboo Vinegar at https://youtu.be/SFhWpQw7juA (15 minutes)
After two highly successful Zoom meetings — with Dr. Matt Daughtery on Invasive Insects and Jorge Ochoa on Botanical Blunders –, the chapter is going to attempt a video tour of a member’s garden. If you are a chapter member, you should have received a newsletter with the Zoom links. If not, please let us know.
Our host moved into his house in Cheviot Hills in early 2011. After removing several overgrown trees on the property, he started his collection with a few citrus and stone fruit trees. Growing fruit trees for the first time, he found that there was a lot to learn and over time it became a serious part of his life. For nine years now, he has been adding trees and learning more about the best practices for fruit tree gardening. Many of his trees are grafted or started from rooted cuttings. The garden is watered with drip irrigation.
Our host is a member of both the West LA and the LA chapters. Holding degrees in economics, business, finance, and IT, he began gardening as an amateur, like most of us. Another of his hobbies is as a volunteer scuba instructor for LA County Department of Parks and Recreation.
Topic: Botanical Blunders
Plants have a reputation for being misrepresented in advertisement, movies, and media. Come and learn the truth behind the many errors that people make about plants, fruits, and veggies!
Jorge has academic credentials from both Cal Poly Pomona and Long Beach City College. He is currently the Horticulture Department Chair of Long Beach City College and a frequent guest lecturer throughout Southern California. Jorge is that rare instructor – one with the uncanny ability to make any subject interesting and easily understood.
Jorge last spoke to us about passionfruit, one of his favorite topics. Many of you probably have a vine from his cuttings.
If you are a chapter member, you will receive an email reminder about the meeting on June 12. In that reminder, you will receive a duplicate of the Zoom invitation that went out with your newsletter.
If you are not yet a member but are interested in attending, please let us know and we will give you the login info.
The window is 12 to 3 pm, May 20th. Check your newsletter or the forum for details.
If you haven’t seen this, it is a fantastic way to spend Earth Day. Members of the LA Chapter were heavily involved in helping this farm get off the ground, so you may well see some familiar faces.
Thanks to the City of Santa Monica, a free online screening will take place on April 22nd. Sign up here
Please note the different date and early start time from our normal field trips.
Program: The Tony Stewart Memorial Tree Symposium at Sylmar High School
Panel of Experts: Steve List of Sylmar High School, Dan Nelson of La Verne Nursery in Piru, Elliott Kuhn of Cottonwood Urban Farm.
Moderator: Jim Schopper
We will be joining the Los Angeles Chapter for what we hope will be an annual event.
There will be tours of Sylmar High School’s agricultural gardens and hothouse, followed by a Fruit Tree Symposium. The event will conclude with a tree auction, with plants provided by the school and by local nurseries.
The Symposium will include a panel of three experts in unique fields of interest to answer your gardening questions: Steve List, head of the Sylmar High School Agriculture Department and leader of the Urban Gardening Workshop; Dan Nelson, Director of Operations at La Verne Nursery in Piru; and Elliott Kuhn, educator and owner/cultivator of Cottonwood Urban Farm in Panorama City. Questions will be moderated by Jim Schopper, member of the LA Chapter.
A potluck will follow. All members, please bring a dish that serves 8-10 people. Sylmar High School Students studying gardening, planting, and fruit trees will be joining us.
The quarantine area has now been expanded to include Corona, Norco and parts of Chino. You can read details here: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/Press_Releases/Press_Release.asp?PRnum=19-135