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The Pitahaya Dragon Fruit Festival is coming! This is an absolute MUST for dragon fruit enthusiast and commercial growers.  Last year’s festival was packed full of information from hybridizing to pest control to different varieties and locations to grow them and, best of all, the tasting, tasting, tasting. If you attend the Field Day at the Research Center, they send you home with cuttings from several different varieties. Well worth the cost of the festival alone!  

August 21,2014 Growers Round Table in San Marcos
August 22,2014 Pitahaya Conference in San Marcos
August 23,2014 Field Day at South Coast Research Center/Irvine
August 24,2014 Pitahaya Grower Tours (locations TBD)

For more information, please visit the UCCE San Diego County page.

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About California Rare Fruit Growers
Our parent non-profit organization, founded in 1968, is made up of amateur and professional fruit growers. There are 17 chapters located in California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. We share information about the propagation and growing of common and rare edible plants. The group also exchanges plant material and assists commercial entities and researchers in the evaluation of new varieties of fruit. We produce a bi-monthly magazine called “The Fruit Gardener” which contains valuable information about fruit gardening. Each year the chapters get together for a “Festival Of Fruit” conference. Each chapter has many activities, guest speakers, fruit tastings, plant sales and field trips related to the growing of fruit.

Our Chapter Information
Membership is open to anyone interested in edible plants.  Benefits include talks by leading horticulturists, discounts at local nurseries, free mulch, fruit tastings, field trips, monthly newsletters, member garden tours, picnics/parties, and more!

Chapter dues are $10/yr email ($15/yr mail), and family members are an additional $5. Membership in the parent organization is also required. You can join the parent organization by clicking on the link to the right.   Join CRFG. Join our Chapter

Meeting Information
The North San Diego County Chapter generally meets on the third Friday of the month, 7:00 pm at MiraCosta College, Student Center room 3450, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Parking is in lot 3B and no permit is required during meeting times.  Check the calendar below for current meeting details.

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All About Berries

On Friday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. we are very happy to be able to present Tom del Hotal!

Tom has been a horticulturist and nurseryman for over 35 years, and holds four advanced certifications from the California Association of Nursery and Garden Centers.  He is a Certified Arborist, a Certified Pesticide Applicator and is a member of the International Plant Propagators Society.  

He has been a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers for over 30 years and has been the past Chairperson of the San Diego Chapter.  His specialty is in fruiting plants for warm winter climates, such as ours.  As a part-time horticulture instructor in the Landscape and Nursery Department at Southwestern College, Tom holds a B.A. degree in biology as a park ranger naturalist and brings a whole system approach to his view of horticulture.  

Tom works full-time at The Home Depot in Lemon Grove as a sales associate and  a direct trainer for the garden department and he owns and operates his part-time business, Fantasia Gardens, from his home in Lemon Grove, CA.  Fantasia Gardens is a fruit tree pruning and consulting business which specializes in fruiting plants.  Home and small scale orchard design and management services are also offered by Fantasia Gardens. 

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Olive Farm Tour!
Start Date/Time: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 10:00 AM
End Date/Time: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 12:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority
Field Trip
Tour a working olive farm!  Please contact Diego Footer for additional details.
Owned by Cory Krell On Sunday, April 15, 2012



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Physalis peruviana

Photo by Praisaeng

CRFG Fruit facts for Cape Gooseberry

Wiki link for Cape Gooseberry


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