Reflections on the Spanish and California Industries by Dr. Ben Faber.
The village of Jete is in the far back of this valley near Almunecar. It’s all cherimoyas with olives on the hillsides. And nearly all of the cherimoyas are Fino de Jete with lots of seeds, smooth skin, and they all come ripe at the same time with no hand pollination!
Pruning and pollination practices vary considerably both here and in Spain. This is partly due to differences in the “Mediterranean Climates” that are found in the two areas. We’ll look at those factors, as well as how pruning and pollination are affected by differences in the two “cultural climates”.
Our speaker will be Dr. Ben Faber. Ben is an advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension in Ventura, where he specializes in soils, water, and subtropical horticulture. He has a Ph.D. in Soil Fertility, and he maintains a blog and a newsletter that the bulk of our commercial citrus and avocado growers learn from. Dr. Faber was going to give his presentation on “Cherimoyas in Spain” at the recent Festival of Fruit However, unfortunately, he was so sick he couldn’t make it. Please join us for this very special presentation! We will be in the MultiPurpose Room at the Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Complex.
(Description courtesy of Alan Caramatti, our brand-new Program Chair)