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California Rare Fruit Growers San Diego Chapter Newsletter Friday, December 15, 2006 General Meeting & Elections: 7:00 – 7:45 pm Holiday Dinner: 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm Election Results: 8:30 pm Gift Exchange: 8:45 pm Website: crfgsandiego.org Meeting Place Rm. 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego CA Holiday Party & Elections Come celebrate the holidays with us. Chair: David Silverstein Buffet style “potluck” dinner. firstname.lastname@example.org The Chapter will provide ham and turkey. Remember to bring your favorite Vice-Chair: Paul Fisher dish to share. We’ll have the Membership and Treasurer Election Results during dinner. 619/ 440 2213 Gift Exchange to follow. email@example.com Facilities Team: B arry Resetco 858/278-3732 javaman@CRFGsandiego.org The View from the Chair It is election time. And we find ourselves in an unusual position. Two Jack Skeels 619/465-3312 important offices are actually contested. This does not fit into our usual political Librarian: Oscar Butler model. The usual procedure is to beg someone to do the job, and to double up on 858/458-3533 jobs when nobody will volunteer. The present situation is wonderful. The firstname.lastname@example.org members are actually going to be able to make a choice between candidates and the candidates are actually competing to show who will be better for the Chapter. Newsletter Editor: Cielo This can only benefit the Chapter. email@example.com And I have to say this, even though all of you already know it. We are voting for the best interests of the Chapter. The election is not a popularity contest. Program and Event (And it sure is no beauty contest.) We candidates must not take any of it Coordinators Jim Neitzel,, 619/262-8959 personally and we voters must not make it a question of who we like the best Mike McCright 619/384-1989 personally. The question is also not one of who has done most for the Chapter, though that is relevant. The real question, the ultimate question, is who is most Secretary: vacant likely to do the best job for the Chapter in the office that they are running for. Alright, enough about elections. This may be my last "View from the Chair", so I want to say thanks for the opportunity to contribute to the Chapter. It Webmaster: Jose M. Gallego has been fun. I hope that the Chapter is more vigorous and viable than it was four Director of National Affairs years ago when I took it over. (I wish that I were as well.) 619/697-4417 I also want to tie up one loose end from a few months ago. Fittingly firstname.lastname@example.org enough, it is a pomegranate loose end, the Green Globe tasting results. As you remember, I left you with several well formed fruits hanging on the tree and a lot of conflicting opinions about the fruit. Well, to make a long story short, we (my family For membership, please mail and I) ate the fruit. We found them to be delicious and definitely worth growing. your Application/Renewal & The remark I heard a while back about "seeds hard enough to break your teeth" Check to was not true but did have some truth to it. The seeds are noticeably harder and CRFG, San Diego Chapter larger than those of Wonderful. But the hardness is not tough, fibrous or woody. I C/O Paul Fisher would say that the seeds are crunchy and pleasant. The hard seed effect is also 1266 Vista Del Monte Dr. set off by the fact that the arils themselves are large, firm and juicy. They also El Cajon, CA 92020 have a pleasant pink color and a sweet flavor with a fruity aroma. I think that the key to their best quality is to wait until they are really and truly ripe. We waited until they started cracking. I'll bring some cuttings to the scion exchange. December 2006 California Rare Fruit Growers – San Diego Chapter Page 2 The View from the Chair (continued) Fruit Table Take care, and I will see you at our Holiday Party. Thanks to the following members for helping set up and David Silverstein bringing offerings to our wonderful fruit table: David Archer, Cielo, Paul Fisher, Sharon Hall, Belinda Mandeville, Leo Manuel, Jim Neitzel, Jack Skeels and Alice & Dick Snow. Did we miss anyone? At the Last Meeting Holiday Potluck Sign-ups The Nominations Thanks to the following members who have signed up The following members have accepted their to share their delicious main dish, a side dish, and/or nominations for the following positions (in alphabetical desserts: Barb Alvarez, June Andersen, Vivian order). Each candidate running for contested seats was Blackstone, Cielo, Jose Gallego, Ron Hurov, Phil invited to participate in “Candidates Forum” in 250 Jackstill, The Krepak’s, Mike McCright, Jim Neitzel, words or less discussing his top 3 goals for the Chapter Alice Snow, Aaron St. John, and Janet Wanerka. If and how he plans to achieve them. Candidates running you miss the sign up list, we’d be happy to enjoy unopposed were asked to write a short bio of whatever you bring! themselves and why they’ve accepted their nominations. 1. Chair Jose Miguel Gallego Candidates’ Forum (contested) David Silverstein 2. Vice Chair Paul Fisher 1. Chair (contested) Mike McCright 3. Treasurer Zhenxing Fu 4. Secretary Barb Alvarez J ose M. Gallego (for Chair) I have been a member for about 12 years, and during this time held elective positions of Chair – 4 years, Vice Chair – 2 years, and a CRFG Inc. member of Board of Directors – 2 years. Some of my The Program: Pruning of Deciduous Fruit Trees notable accomplishments were Festival of Fruit 1998, Our speaker for November was our own first Chapter and Fruit Festival with approved domain member, Tom Del Hotal, who gave us an exceptional name and a web site (since1997), a collaborative effort demonstration and slide show on how to properly prune with the North County Chapter to renovate the sub- fruit trees. Here are a few things that I gleaned from his tropical garden at Quail Gardens, and organized many talk. field trips. Do not "top off" your trees, not even fruit trees. I have a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry. I work Leaf mass helps produce fruit. The tips have a hormone for the City of San Diego for the last 17 years where I that stimulates root development – especially necessary am a Laboratory Quality Assurance/Data Manager, and for bare root trees. Yes, this is contrary to what many supervise a group of scientists. I have published two others teach. But to tell you the truth, it makes much computer books, hold two patents and written many better sense to me. scientific articles in the areas of chemistry, physics, To reduce the size of a tree, prune a long computers and physiology. I enjoy toiling in my garden, branch to a lateral branch. If there is no lateral branch where I grow over 120 fruit trees. yet, do not prune. Wait until next year. Proper pruning I am running for your Chair because I truly will cut the time it will take you to prune in future years. believe what our Chapter and parent organization stand Prune with the 4 D's in mind: dead, damaged, for. Here are my top 3 goals: diseased, or dysfunctional branches. Prune: 1. Create Charter Rules to define roles and 1. to the top of the collar of a branch to give light to the responsibilities of all elected and appointed positions, fruit for structural strength bottom branches – the down 2. Establish a yearly operating budget, turning stem of a branch. angles that are 30 degrees or 3. Continue to educate our members and share our less. knowledge of rare fruits to benefit our community. 2. co-dominate leaders for better fruit production to open the center in a vase shape. Mid December to I endorse Mike McCright for Vice Chair to help early spring. Summer pruning can invite bores. me implement these goals. We will make a great team Tom invited us to take a pruning class which he to do better for our Chapter. Please visit my website teaches in January through the ROP program at where we document our schedule of action items Southwestern College. There is no cost. by Barb www.JoseforPresidente.losgallego.com Alvarez December 2006 California Rare Fruit Growers – San Diego Chapter Page 3 Candidates’ Forum (continued) 1. Successful 2007 Festival of Fruits. I have led the Event Committee in helping design and implement the D avid Silverstein (for Chair) I’m an Environmental Attorney with the Navy; and I've been Chair of our Chapter for the format, speakers, tours, and food and festivities. I want to continue to help steer this festival toward success! 2. Contribute to the Community. This can be done by last four years. bringing our horticulture knowledge to the youngsters of I've stepped up our public relations / our community. Having an improved financial outlook advertising relative to what it was prior to my term. now allows us to begin donation of time and materials Examples: regular announcements in Union Tribune to our new outreach program, featuring all methods of (UT) and Reader; major article by an important garden growing fruits and vegetables, to schools and writer in the Sunday UT last year; and two institutions of our choice. presentations to outside garden clubs. This has 3. Maintain the Club’s financial health. Money in brought many visitors and kept membership numbers itself is unimportant; however, it will provide us options very robust. for furthering our mission. I added the Labor Day Plant Sale to our Calendar. Treasury is at 8,000 dollars and we've added a computer and projector to bring our capacity to assemble presentations and host speakers. We've had great speakers some of which I arranged personally. I've also maintained a relationship with the M ike McCright (for Vice Chair) In the last newsletter, our chair, David Silverstein wrote that our Club needed some change. Two-three months ago a few people called me USDA germplasm repository system, which has and were trying to understand some of the assured us access to rare cuttings and a case of rare developments that had occurred and also expressed a pomegranate varieties for tasting last year. desire for some changes in our club. I agree that we Everything "I" did was done as part of a team, need some changes in the way we do business, as is all I will do if elected. These are my goals:. indoctrinate new members, dispense club funds and interact with our own members as well as outside 1. By-laws. A board approved draft in the Newsletter chapters. When discussing potential changes in people by March. and policy, with some of our members, I was asked if I 2. Community outreach. Craft a proposal for high would accept a nomination for office. schools. More outside speaking dates by more of our This is a crucial year for our chapter. The Fruit experts. Better staffing of the various fairs and shows: Festival is coming in 9 months and there is much to an award system for participators. prepare for. The chair and vice chair positions will be 3. Expand relationship with germplasm preservation stretched thin. I brought up Jose Gallego as my system by contributing more material, data and political recommendation for this year’s Chair. Jose was Chair assistance to repositories and botanical gardens to for four consecutive years and led Fruit Festival 98. further the preservation of germplasm, knowledge about After much discussion with Jose and other seasoned rare fruit, and our access to the rare plant material. members, I agreed to be vice chair, covering Jose’s back and covering all the bases. I am now retired and have more time to devote to the needs of our Club. I 2. Vice Chair look forward to developing the by-laws for our Club, developing a consistent disbursing program and also beginning a new member mentoring program. P aul Fisher (for Vice Chair) I've been a CRFG member since 1998. I am the current vice-President, Treasurer, and I am currently the Events Coordinator along with Jim Nietzel, I was also the Editor and the Vice Chair before Paul Fisher and David took office. Membership Director of the San Diego Chapter along with being the 1st Vice-President of CRFG Inc., our Chapter’s parent organization. I am the CEO and CFO of one of San Diego's premier health club chains, 3. Treasurer Fitness World and Women’s Fitness World. I also run my own nursery, Merritt Mountain Nursery where I own and manage a collection of over 600 different varieties of fruiting plants and trees. I have helped grow our Z henxing Fu I have been a CRFG member since 1998 and had served as newsletter editor for two years. I treasury from almost nothing to over $8000 through have a Ph.D in biomedical science and have been plant sales, improved advertising and promotion, and working at UCSD medical school as a project scientist increased membership signups. At every meeting, I am since 1990. I am married with two kids in their the first one there to set up our meeting room, and also midteens. I would be very glad to accept the nomination provide fruits from my own nursery to our tasting table. as a treasurer for the Chapter since I think I am young My top three goals are: and energetic, and most importantly, I love our Chapter and want to do something which I can do for her. December 2006 California Rare Fruit Growers – San Diego Chapter Page 4 Zhenxing Fu (continued) Gift Exchange Ideas I had been the treasurer of San Diego Hua Xia Chinese School for three years (2000-2003) when my If you plan to participate in the Gift kids were enrolled in the school, so that experience Exchange, here are some should help me serve our Chapter well. suggested gift ideas to take the stress out of gift-giving: horticulture or garden books, a fruiting tree or flowering plant, a bag of bulbs (tulips, B arb Alvarez (for Treasurer) I am a San Diego native, returning seven years ago. I am thrilled to finally have my Lemon Grove narcissus, daylilies, etc.) small garden tools – gloves, knee pads, and pruning shears. Give what you would like to receive – but be reasonable. Keep a budget -- home where I can attempt to grow plants of a food $5 minimum. bearing nature. A CRFG member since 2003, I used to think the group just grew strange exotic things, but I have learned so much while being a member. I have even eaten a fruit which I have successfully grafted to December Garden Tips my own trees! To my friends I am a fanatic about plants, so Gardening must-dos are minimal this to be around others who also have this same love is a month, giving you more time to focus wonderful thing. I am also a grower of Epi hybrids and on the holidays! have served on various positions for other boards. Don't fertilize or water roses this month. They need to harden off for winter. However, in desert areas you may want to give them an occasional drink if you think they need it. Election Ballot This month is a great time to transplant. Just be sure to keep new transplants well-watered if the Please sign in at the Greeter’s weather is mild and dry. Table to receive your ballot. Finish your planting of pre-chilled spring bulbs, Present your December such as tulips and hyacinths. Newsletter – showing the membership expiration date on Planting Bare-Root Trees, Shrubs, and Roses -- your address label. This date must be Finish planting bare-root trees, shrubs, roses, and vegetables. But hold off planting tropicals until next December 31, 2006 or later. spring. It's still too cold. If your December Newsletter is not available, please check at the Greeter’s desk to Smart Pruning -- Prune deciduous fruit trees once verify your membership status. they've gone dormant and dropped their leaves. Cut back dormant grapevines. A bonus: The Welcome New Members! cuttings make great wreaths! 1. Sharron Hall Stimulate wisteria by cutting it back now. Cut 2. David F. Long back the long, thin branches that appeared this 3. Belinda Mandeville season alongside or entangled with the older 4. Eugene Marley wood. Leave two or three buds at the base of the branch. Opportunity Table Set out a nice big basket to hold all those garden Thanks to the following members for contributing to our catalogs that have started arriving already so you can Opportunity Table: June Andersen, Vivian read them after the holidays, at your leisure. Blackstone, William Chow, Mike McCright, guest John Prince, and Alice Snow. There will be no Vegetable Garden -- Keep up with the harvest in the Opportunity drawing at the December meeting. We’ll veggie garden and plant more, if desired. You can plant have our Gift Exchange, instead. Thanks to all the artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels members for their year-long support! Jack Skeels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, greens, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, peas, potatoes, and radishes now. December 2006 California Rare Fruit Growers – San Diego Chapter Page 5 Calendar of Announcements Events Principles of Pruning Fruit Trees & Vines Instructor: Tom Del Hotal Southwestern College Master Gardeners Hotline 6 - 8pm Thursday or 3:30 - 5:30 pm Saturday Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm, Class begins 1/18/07 and Ends 3/3/07. The Master Gardener "Hotline" will answer your Saturday Class Meets: questions on home gardening and pest control. FREE! 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3 Info: 858/694-2860 or www.mastergardeners Not for College Credit – No fees required. sandiego.org www.swc.cc.ca.us/index.asp or 619/482-6460 Quail Botanical Garden’s Holiday Garden of Lights Dec. 7-10, 14-23, 5 – 9 pm: “Garden of Lights,” December 10-25: Enjoy the holiday festivities on After the sun goes down, the Gardens are transformed Christmas Card Lane! Life-size greeting cards, into a dazzling winter wonderland with 90,000+ cartoon characters, hay-rides and good cheer await you sparkling lights illuminating the plants and trees for a in Rancho Penasquitos.. Park your car near Oviedo magical holiday experience. Enjoy numerous activities, Street and Black Mountain Road 92129 between 6pm including holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits and 8pm. Walk west on Oviedo and then turn left on with Santa, musicians and refreshments. And the Ellingham. If you wish, knock on the door of the Garden of Lights will take on a new hue this year and Nutcracker house and be our guest. Pizza and cheer is years to come thanks to a gift of LED lights from San never a problem in our kitchen! - Richard & Sue Frost. Diego Gas & Electric. Cost of admission: $8 Adults; $6 Members, Seniors, Active Military and Students.; $3 Children Ages 3-12; Children under 3 Free. Info: Subscribe to Leo & Betty Manuel’s “Rare Fruit News 760/436.3036 x206 or www.qbgardens.org Online!” FREE! send email Tours every Saturday at 10 am, Free with to: email@example.com admission. Meet at Visitor’s Center. Info: with your name, city, email 760/436.3036 x206 or www.qbgardens.org address, fruit trees you’re San Diego Floral Association growing, and what fruit trees December Nights Celebration in Balboa Park you’d like to grow. Fri., Dec. 1 – 5pm to 9pm Sat., Dec. 2 – noon to 9 pm Room 101 of Casa del Prado will be transformed by Merritt Mountain Nursery San Diego Floral Association and its affiliated garden 10% Off to all CRFG Chapter Members on all fruiting trees clubs and societies into a holiday wonderland of By Appointment Only - Paul Fisher “Celebrations Around the World.” Free. Info: 619/322-4141 or firstname.lastname@example.org 619/232-5762 or www.sdfloral.org San Diego Horticultural Society Next Newsletter Issue: 1. Tom Del Hotal shares his pictures of the Pitaya Dec. 11, 7 pm: Bonsai/Tray Landscapes by Bonsai th (Pitahaya) Festival held in Cal-Poly Pomona in October Master Phil Tacktill and 12 Annual Cookie 2006. Exchange at the Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar 2. The Chapter Survey Report by Richard Frost Fairgrounds on Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar 3. An article on “The Importance of Worms in the Info 760/730-3268 or www.sdhortsoc.org Garden,” including how to make “worm tea.” Water Conservation Garden Dec. 16, 10 am – 12 pm, “Designing Landscapes with Native Plants” taught by Greg Rubin. $7 member; $10 nonmembers. Register Early. 10 student minimum to hold class. Sat. 10:30 am, Sun 1:30 pm: Docent tours of the Xeriscape garden. Free. Info: http://thegarden.org or 619/660-0614 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon December 2006 California Rare Fruit Growers – San Diego Chapter Page 6 Membership and Renewal Application San Diego Chapter of California Rare Fruit Growers Name_______________________________________________________________________________________________ First Middle Initial Last Address_____________________________________________________________________________________________ City_____________________________________State______________Zip__________ Phone____________________ Email Address____________________________________SD Chapter Newsletter delivery: Email or US Post Mail (Please Circle Your Choice. If there’s no selection, the default is by Email.) Special Gardening Interests_____________________________________________________________ Occupation___________________________________________________________________________ Current member of the CRFG Inc. Yes____No___ Member Number/Exp. Date_______________ New Members: CRFG Inc. Membership Dues + San Diego Chapter Membership Dues. You must join both! Renewal Members: Your CRFG Inc. Membership must be current. Membership Term CRFG Inc. Dues + SD Chapter Dues = Total Dues California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG Single Year $30 $13 $43 Inc.) is a parent organization of SD Three Years $87 $38 $125 Chapter. Membership to CRFG Inc. includes Fruit Gardener, a bimonthly magazine distributed to current members and contains articles about fruits and vegetables of general interests. For more information on CRFG Inc., please visit www.crfg.org Mail to: Complete this application and mail with your payment Or Bring to the December Mtg. Paul Fisher 1266 Vista Del Monte Dr. For more information: 619/440-2213 or El Cajon CA 92020 email: email@example.com Cut Here CRFG San Diego Chapter Cielo, Newsletter Editor c/o 4722 Coronado Ave. San Diego CA 92107 ***Do you have something to share? Articles must be received no later than the 10 th of the month. ***Save a tree and sign up for the E- Newsletter by email. Send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, Dec. 15: Holiday Party & Elections Please bring your December Newsletter showing your Membership Expiration Date – on your address label – to the Greeter’s Table to receive your Election Ballot. In order to vote, your Membership must be good thru December 31, 2006 or later.
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