The Redwood Empire Chapter
of the California Rare Fruit Growers


The official main CRFG website here:

This is the chapter site for the Sonoma-Napa & surrounding ("Redwood Empire") region as a convenience for updates, newsletters and photos for our over 200 local members. There are over 3,000 members worldwide in 35 countries.

All our club chapter's profits go to support club activities and charitable works. CRFG-Redwood has been able to donate over $15,000 for scholarships and grants to agricultural students and appropriate charities from proceeds of events. Go Farmers! click here to read about some grant recipients

CRFG dues are typically $41.00 per year, and includes state membership, local membership, a fabulous color magazine all year, and all benefits. Membership costs can differ by type of membership. Local chapter membership includes local tours, tastings, a local email forum/listserve where questions are answered and local activities are posted, discounts at local farm stores, and gatherings. Many of us consider being able to get our questions answered on the forum one of the best benefits of membership. We do not give out or sell email addresses!

Membership form download for both state and local (automated Acrobat .pdf download, virus-free)

Or sign up online for CRFG using PayPal (no credit cards sorry) at, then just send the $5 local membership with a completed local membership form to Mike Roa below. All CRFG members nationally and internationally qualify to just add local Redwood Chapter membership for $5.

Then email the listserve moderator ("at" = @ to dissuade spammers) (David Ulmer DavidU9999 at gmail dot com ) to get on the local email listserve list, otherwise we might not know locally that you are a member until we get a new member list once or twice a year from CRFG, or after the scion exchange event in January!

Questions or comments or want more info? Contact CRFG website for the national group, or one of the officers or chairpersons below for specific chapter info.

Most Contacts are listed at the bottom of this page.

Calendar (see more details further below too)

Send calendar events for posting to Maile Pieri CaFarmGal at yahoo dot com until after May 2014



Regular Events

The largest annual event is every January (see calendar for date) -and open to the public- is the CRFG Redwood Chapter scion (cuttings) and plant exchange where commonly over 500 varieties of common, rare and experimental scions and plants from all over the world are available free or at minimal charge.
There are grafting and planting demonstration classes for beginners, plus experts and hobbyists to answer questions.
Some cuttings available, like grapes and figs, don't need to be grafted and can be planted directly in the ground.
Custom trees can be created for attendees on-the-spot by experts for a small donation.
Members get in one hour early for best selection, so join (you can join at the door!).
Member access 9:00AM to 2:00 PM (volunteers start at 8:00AM), general public access 10:00AM to 2:00 PM.
A $5 entry fee is requested to help offset costs of facility rental and insurance. Waiver of the fee is available to the needy and press.
Scion Collecting: Bring gallon baggies, tape and pens to mark your acquisitions. A Guide to the event can be downloaded here.
Scion Preparation for Contribution: Please take care in the labelling of scions brought to the Exchange. The grafting scions should be made from clean, one-year-old wood, about 1/4 inch in diameter, square-cut at the bottom and 45 dgrees at the top, and generally no more than 6 inches long, so that they fit in attendees' gallon baggies. Please bring then in clearly largely-labelled gallon baggies that can be resealed to survive delivery of any extras to the next chapter's exchange.

The prior Redwood Empire (Sonoma/Napa) Chapter Scion Exchange had almost 700 attendees!
Photos of prior events are posted below.

The next one will be at the Santa Rosa Vets Bldg 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 across from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds next January. There will be a "greenwood" (citrus, stonefruit, avocados, etc) event for members only in July, see below. Watch the calendar for dates, or join anytime and get notices via the listserve. Aside from the January exchange, members trade and offer scions all year extensively on the club listserve.

Click here to see a video at YouTube on how to collect and label scions.
Click here to download a Scion Label for baggies for donations.
Click here to read a PD article about members and grafting, including Fred who has 100 varieties of apples on one tree.
If you are donating plants to the raffle, please label them with this form.

Click here for a poster to share or put up at your local message board.

Scion Exchanges are held at many chapters throughout California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada. Click here to find the closest chapter and whom to contact for dates of events.

Heres a good article by David Karp on the loss of heritage fruits in markets, and the "renaming" of fruit by large commercial growers, so that you don't know what you get. If you are not sure of the name of your scions, please label them accordingly.

No patented or GMO plants are allowed at our exchanges. You can look up any plant by Googling its name +patent. We support the farmers and hybridizers. Not too many fruits are GMO ....yet (besides HoneySweet plums, Rainbow Papaya, Italian Gala Apples, and Okanagan apples), but plenty are patented. Here's an interesting article about patents expiring, but trademark names don't expire:
"Trademarks allow those involved with a patented product to develop a brand for a new variety and exclude others using the trademarked name. For example, Pink Lady is the trademarked name for Cripps Pink cultivar. Only those growers and shippers participating in the Pink Lady America program can use the Pink Lady name and flowing heart logo."

Patents can be found here:

Trademarks can be found here:

Trademarked plant names are often confuse the original name of a plant variety, just being used for marketing the same variety with a more appealing name with which to sell them.  Here is a short article on the subject from a commercial nursery:

If you want to delve into trademark name confusion more deeply, see this more comprehensive review of the situation from an opinionated nurseryperson's perspective:


Quarantine Zones Special Note:
Please be sure to bring only clean, pest-free scions to the Exchange; paying particular attention to any live, potted or green-wood donations.
Our club area includes some area within the Light Brown Apple Moth Quarantine zone; but dormant, clean scions are exempt from the quarantine. Details here
And now we have to deal with another quarantine, the European Grape Vine Moth Quarantine -which impacts many fruit beside grapes; just like the Sharpshooter does (note in particular that apples are not included).
Sonoma info page

State CDFA page
Map of quarantine areas
And a new pest in town that our members are encountering that lays maggots into ripe cherries, berries and some stone-fruit : Spotted Wing Drosophila . Experts say SWD can be controlled with malathion (non organic) or Spinosad (organic) see UC Davis


Scion exchange video by member John V:


"Wow! What a great scion exchange AND hospitality table. People just kept expressing how thankful they were to all who donated such great food and time. One woman from the Sacramento area said she goes to 3 or 4 exchanges and ours is 'always the best'! The hospitality table would just be a pretty table with coffee pots without the amazing food donations.
LOOK what everybody brought:
Duchess d' Angouleme pear/french butter pear/fuji apple/brie/marmalade/ crackers, Gravenstein apple sauce cake, dried peach, dried figs, dried apples, dried persimmons, Italian anise cookies, cherry almond scones, feijoa jellies 1, 2 and 3, mango chutney (from Hawaii), Aunt Molly's husk cherry preserve, peach jelly, pickled onions and tomatoes, Filoli apple bread, hot Gravenstein apple chutney, orange marmalade, persimmon cookies with walnuts-persimmons cookies with macadamia nuts (9 dozen in all!), Gravenstein apple/blackberry butter, white peach chutney, dulce de batata-sweet potato paste with pomegranate reduction sauce, roasted tomatillo salsa, wild grape jelly, homemade walnut bread, homemade artisan seeded sourdough with buckwheat, orange strawberry jam, several apple breads from Twin Hills Ranch, lemon/orange/grape marmalade, red currant/jostaberry/gooseberry jam/apple butter, pear butter, french bread, corn muffins (a huge amount!), apple/blackberry butter.
Thank you to you all. Everyone looked so's like Christmas in January for fruit growers. Great job everyone!"
Mary Frost

There is also a summer greenwood exchange, details below.

Another annual event open to the public is the annual Plant Sale Fund Raiser in July. (see calendar for date, next one is in 2014)
The club grafts many interesting trees for sale in 2-5 gallon pots at really low prices, and members donate a wide variety of fruiting plants.
We try to offer trees not easily available commercially.

This year featured the “Fort Ross Gravenstein” and Etter apples and sour ("pie") cherries, and other varieties locally hybridized. The Sonoma County Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers ( is working to help preserve this particular clonal variety of gravenstein. Trees have been created from scions (cuttings) donated by Terry and Carolyn Harrison from genetic stock they rescued in the mid 1980s, from a tree rescued by the family of Jack Barlow of Sebastopol in the earlier 1900s, from the last tree from the Russian colonists' orchard at the Ft Ross colony north of Bodega Bay 1812-1841. There is some controversy as to the provenance of our stock. The question is whether our scions came from an original Russian planting, or a subsequent planting. It is quite likely that even if our stock is from a subsequent planting, that planting was made from scions grafted from an original tree. I come from a farming family that would wash, hang-to-dry, and re-use off-brand Saran Wrap, and recycle the wax paper from inside cereal boxes to wrap the kids' sandwiches for school, so I know how frugal farmers are, so we suspect that the subsequent farmer would have used his own scions rather than buy some! ;-) Also see the following supporting story:

"A prior year's sale featured some Gravenstein trees grafted from scions donated by Nancy Conzett -a long time volunteer at Ft Ross- from the Ft Ross collection of the Call family home in Ft Ross. Nancy's story: "The Call's great-nephew Frederick Kaye Tomlin -my lifelong friend whom later became the unoffiicial historian of Ft Ross- provided me with a Gravenstein tree at the time of the replanting of the Ft Ross orchard in 1984. From what I know, scions from an existing tree in the orchard at the Fort were taken -possibly by John Smith (who lived in the Sacto. deceased)- because the object of the replanting of the orchard was to trasnplant young trees next to the older ones that were on their way out. The 1984 scions were likely taken from a tree from the replanting of the 1811 Russian orchard done by the Call family in the 1930s." Laura Call Carr, whose father's ranch encompassed Fort Ross in 1900, recalled eating Gravenstein apples from the Russian plantings. The 1910 Apple Show in Sebastopol featured Gravs from trees at Fort Ross that were still bearing fruit after almost 100 years. (source:  August 2001 in the Sonoma West Times & News). Gravensteins are in danger of becoming broadly extinct because of many reasons, the most observable of which is their difficulty to harvest.  The apples have short stems and the trees produce ripe apples at different times throughout the harvest season.  They are also extremely delicate and perishable.  As a result of these complications, the Gravenstein market often falls short to the Red Delicious.  This fruit is also losing out because of an alarming loss of land, as many orchards are being converted to vineyards or rural estates.  During the past six decades, Sonoma County's Gravenstein orchards have declined by almost 7,000 acres and are currently down to 960 acres. They do make great backyard trees for fresh fruit" !
More info on the variety at and
Proceeds raised from sale of our trees are used to fund scholarships and rescue other fruit trees.
Gravensteins have been listed as commercially endangered by Slow Food To find fresh local Gravenstein apples in season, direct from the farmer, click here.
Members get to buy trees in advance (even now) by contacting David at 707-824-1650, or Keith at 707-576-7250 (below); another reason to join!

The next Summer Plant Sale will be at the Santa Rosa Farmers' Market at the Wells Fargo Center along Hwy 101 just north of Santa Rosa (see calendar for 2014 date)


John Kohler's YouTube video at the 2010 Summer Redwood Chapter CRFG Plant Sale


Here's an excellent video from Dave Wilson Nurseries on how to plant your new fruit tree:




Here's a good example on how to deer-proof fence your little trees and another deer-proof cage from Terry Spear

We also have an annual Summer Scion Exchange, particularly for greenwood grafting, like apricots, peaches, avocados and citrus. (see calendar for date)
Attendance is limited to members, but you can join at the events, or by contacting membership below. Time and dates are sent via the listserve to members. Everyone is urged to bring greenwood cuttings from citrus and avacado. Also May is the perfect time to graft persimmons and walnuts so if you have some rootstock that you would like to graft and some scions in the refrigerator that were collected last winter, bring them along.
And of course a sample of your favorite fruit desert to share would be welcome! Please bring scions of any thing you have. See Tips below.
If you have any ripe fruit please bring some for all to taste.

The 2009 and 2010 events were at Main Street Trees, Jean Wheeler's nursery in Napa. Joe Real was on hand to give grafting demonstrations and he brought some citrus greenwood from his extensive citrus collection. The 2011 event was at the Sonoma State facility. Louis Hunt, David Ulmer and others gave presentations. In a prior year it was at Keith Borglum's orchard. There was an excellent program on citrus delivered by our own citrus expert, Louis Hunt. Everything you always wanted to know about the care, feeding, deseases, and grafting of citrus. Thank you Louis! There was a tasting of various citrus from Louis' orchard, plus babaco and some mixed jam from Phil's kitchen, and some pickled vegetables and salsas from Keith's kitchen. Some of the members brought trees and plants to raffle, so almost everyone went away with something to plant.

Louis provided some excellent handouts about citrus growing & grafting at the 2011 event, which can be downloaded in pdf form by clicking here. (3MB file)


Greenwood Scion Collection Tips
from Joe Real


Other Events

The first Saturday of January is usually the gathering of scions at Prusch Park in San Jose.
The third or fourth Saturday in January is the scion exchange. (see calendar for date)

In February or March is an additional grafting clinic and practice session to follow up the scion exchange. For members only. You can join at the clinic if you complete and bring the membership application below. See calendar or newsletter for location and time. photos here

In March, proficient grafters and helpers gather to graft custom trees for the July plant sale, and add to personal collections. Volunteers welcome, if only to learn, and shovel dirt into pots and/or label grafted trees. ;-) photos here

In April, May or June there is often a garden tour or other event. (see calendar for dates)

July is the annual potted-tree fundraiser sale at the Santa Rosa Original Farmers' Market. Our thanks to FM manager Paula Downing for providing hosting at the market.
John Kohler's YouTube video at the 2010 Summer Redwood Chapter CRFG Plant Sale (see calendar for date)

In August through October we partner with Slow Food International Russian River Chapter to do public cider pressings/tastings to support our club, Slow Food, farmers, and the Farmer's Markets.

In August 2012 we had our first exhibit at the Gravenstein Apple Fair.

September includes Fig Day at Wolfskill Experimental Orchard-UC Davis' experimental farm in Winters-, including tasing of fig and grape varieties.(see calendar for date, directions below in Nov)

September we host a display at the National Heirloom Exposition (see calander for dates) Our chapter's display won best of show in 2011, and a blue ribbon in 2012! In 2012 we hosted the international CRFG meeting in coordination with the Expo. Photos here

August and September includes training on the cider press available for loan to members. Make your reservations early. (see the photos and guidelines below)
The cider press is free for use by members, and is quite busy during this season. In 2014 we plan to have a smaller juicer available to members.

In October is a blind apple tasting and tour of member's orchard. (see calendar for date)
See John Kohler's video on the results of the blind tasting of 44 varieties at 2011 apple tasting results
Here's an Excel file of the tasting results which you can download and edit/annotate apple tasting results 2011 excel
Here's a one page printable pdf file of the same data apple tasting results 2011 pdf
Here's a one page printable pdf file of the same data from the next year. You'll see it differs, due to weather apple tasting results 2012 pdf

November is the pomegranate tasting at Wolfskill Farm, 4334 Putah Creek Rd, Winters, CA 95694 (see calendar for date)
From Davis: Travel West on Russell or Covell towards Winters. Cross I-505. Turn left
(S) on Railroad Ave (first stop sign past I-505), cross bridge. Here the road swings to the
right. Turn right (SW) on Putah Creek Road and go about 2-3 miles. WEO is on the left
(S), after Wintu Way. It is surrounded by a tall chain link fence. The gate has a historical
marker which you might not see from the road until you turn. The driveway is lined with
old olive trees. Proceed to the parking area at the end of the drive near the old house.
Pomegranate ratings

In December is an annual business meeting with officer and committee elections, and either a tour, or potluck, or event. Volunteers and attendees are always needed! (see calendar for date)
In 2008 it was at Phil's in Petaluma, and included a persimmon tasting and raffle of rare fruit trees and plants.
The 2009, 2010 meetings were at Burbank's Goldridge Farm where the club planted and maintains an espalliered apple-tree fence.
In 2011 it was at Sonoma State University's Environmental Technology Center where CRFG assists in supporting their orchard and Insectapalooza event.
The 2012 meeting was at Deloach Vineyards, and included a presentation on biodynamic farming, followed by a private winetasting of biodynamic wines, and a tour of the onsite biodynamically-farmed gardens and vineyards.
In 2013 it was at Sonoma State University's Environmental Technology Center with a great presentation on "pest, pollinator & predator" insects by Rachel Steath -our new Events Coordinator . (One main point was: don''t kill earwigs as they are predators of the micro-bugs eating your greens, and they are not the greens-eaters themselves)


All of this is supplemented with announcements of monthly and spontaneous activities in local chapters throughout Northern California open to our members.
(Like the kiwi-pruning/scion event at Ana's Golden Nectar Farm or the greenhouse demo at Keith's)



Video of tasting event:


Photos of Prior Events

The club exhibit at the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa 2011 won First Place for fruit and Grand Champion! Photos here
It appeared on the Martha Stewart TV show too, click here

CRFG again won First Place for the fruit exhibits in 2012.

heirloom expostion winner

CRFG Redwood Chapter Haiku Garden/Weather Poetry Slam

Cider Pressing photos    

Scion Exchange Photos 2006

Scion Exchange Photos 2007

Apple Tasting in Napa October 2008

Pommagranate and Persimmon Tasting at Wolfskill 2008

December 2008 Meeting and Tour at Phil's  

Sonoma County Museum Hybrid Fields Art Exhibit & Tasting

Scion Exchange Photos 2009

Apple Tasting Event Results 2009

In 2009, the Redwood Chapter hosted the "international" Festival of Fruit with the theme Year Of The Olive.

Scion Exchange Photos 2010

Article including CFRG Redwood Chapters in Press Democrat, Feb 6, 2010

Video at the 2010 Summer Redwood Chapter CRFG Plant Sale

Scion Exchange Photos 2013

Summer Plant Sale 2013

Home canning workshop

Bark grafting workshop 2013

Members' 2013 presentation at the SonoMarin Fair on Growing Backyard Fruit Jungles

Pluot and Plum tasting at David's 2013

Scion Exchange 2014

Here's a good article on some members and their gardens and events featuring Marin and EastBay chapters

Solar Fruit Dryer Plans download

Mike Roa set up a workshop for making solar food dryers. It cost about $100 to make dryers from wood and plexiglass, using a "solar chimney" model.
The club agreed to subsidize the project at a level of $50 per dryer, with the member paying the difference, and also to pay for two dryers to sell.
Mike built three models and tested them, all of which worked fine. The model to the right below was selected for ease of construction and low cost. Thanks Mike!
The model on the left is at Phil's house for drying persimmons. Peel 'em and hang 'em; they are a club tasting favorite!
Some members reported that they have good results just using cookie pans on their car dashboards in summer for drying fruit! I tried it and it works! Makes the car smell good too.


Click here for a 7MB pdf download of the plans used to make this solar fruit dryer. It might take a few minutes on a slow connection.

Click here for a photo guide on the solar fruit dehydrator construction party.

Greenhouse - Hoophouse Building Demonstration download

In 2013, 35 members gathered at Keith Borglum's orchard for a detailed demonstration of how to create a 10'x100' greenhouse for under $500. photos here

There is a detailed parts and instruction list at
Keith demonstrated his own upgrades for durability, stability, and frost-protection downloadable here in pdf.

The Apple Cider Press info

    correll cider press sonoma napa crfg

The club has a Correll Cider Press for loan to members for juicing apples and pomes (not grapes or stone fruit please), another benefit of joining the club.
It is one of the best-made small cider presses in the world.
We received the following message from "Cider Bob", the maker:
"We can make only 3 presses a week in my converted goat barn. I have one full time craftsman working with me. I will be 79 years old on Oct 2010, and -while my desire is to put in full weeks in my shop- stamina and age-related issues curtail some of that. Forbes magazine did an article in their mid-September 2005 issue saying they had researched the world and kept coming back to mine as the best they could find. An article in Oct of 2006 was picked up by the Associated Press and made available world-wide. I have presses in several foreign countries as a result. After the Associated press article, orders climbed to 184 presses by mid January of 2007. It has taken the last three years to climb out of that backlog."
Regards, Bob Correll

Contact Phil below for reservations. Reservations for weekends in-season need to be made very early, as it is used for numerous public events, but weekday reservations are usually easy to get.
Info and instructions for download on using and cleaning the press are available by clicking here. (note: its a 4.6MB file, so might take a few minutes on slow Internet connections)
A photo-series set of instructions is also available at the Correll website at

This year we added a set of buckets and tubs for ease of use. If you break or lose one, we bought them at Lowe's in Cotati, where replacements can be obtained.
Cider Pressing photos

Newsletters Archive -lots of good gardening info!

July Newsletter 2005 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (fruitophile's visit to Hawaii)

October Newsletter 2005 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (info on jujubes)

January Newsletter 2006 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free)

April Newsletter 2006 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (info on fava greens, review of book Cornucopia II)

October Newsletter 2006 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (info on seed and hardwood plant propagation, banans, pitayas)

January Newsletter 2007 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (info on growing bananas here, apple tasting results)

April Newsletter 2007 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (the one with info on growing mushrooms at home)

July Newsletter 2007 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (lots about citrus)

November Newsletter 2007 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (lots about figs, Hawaii)

May Newsletter 2008 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (apple, grape and pomegranate tasting results)

October Newsletter 2008 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (the one with Wolfskill grapes and fig info, dried persimmons, clafouti)

January Newsletter 2009 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (the one with Mary's hit persimmon and avocado recipe)

June Newsletter 2009 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (the one with GREAT grafting tips)

August Newsletter 2009 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (the one with Wolfskill pomegranate info)

January Newsletter 2010 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (the one with the Library index)

July Newsletter 2010 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (lots about Wolfskill mulberries and cherries, Euro grapevine moth)

October Newsletter 2010(automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) (the one with content on Orchard Mason Bees)

January Newsletter 2011 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free)(the one with the apple-tasting competition results)

April Newsletter 2011 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free)(the one with lots of grafting information)

July Newsletter 2011 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) includes Harmony Farms discount info, annual meeting minutes

October Newsletter 2011 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) includes info on fig drying

January Newsletter 2012 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) with info on pomegranates

July Newsletter 2012 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) with info on girdling trees and saving tomato seeds, FOF)

October Newsletter 2012 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) with info on mulberry varieties, biodynamic farming

January Newsletter 2013 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) with apple and pear tasting event results

April Newsletter 2013 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) with apple tree variety selection info

July Newsletter 2013 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) with bark grafting and Wolfskill info

September Newsletter 2013 (automated Adobe Acrobat pdf download, virus-free) with info on fruit flies problem and resources

The newsletters were discontinued after the Sept 2013 issue, in favor of the chapter listserve.

Library & Resources
The club has an extensive library of fruit books for check-out to members. Contact the Chairperson below.


Sonoma Napa Orchard and Berry Gardening Calendars by our local Farm Advisor Paul Vossen can be found by clicking here

Incredible Sonoma County fruit and vegetable info including photos, planting and ripening times, and pest management by Paul Vossen can be found by clicking here

A great one page irrigation system repair flow chart can be seen/downloaded by clicking here

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries. A 12–volume monographic series documenting Burbank's methods and discoveries and their practical application, prepared from his original field notes covering more than 100,000 experiments made during forty years devoted to plant improvement.

Free and easy, disposable traps for fruit-damaging European paper-wasps, video provided by a university extension entomologist.

CRFG Redwood Chapter Members' Photos Submitted

Members: submitt your photo-links to the webmaster, address in Contacts below

CRFG Prize-winning fruit photos

5,000 of people's CRFG photos worldwide at Flickr (search keyword CRFG)

Burbank Gold Ridge Farm hosts our espallier apple fence, being a source of scions, allowing us to use their park for meetings, and doing their own work to propogate and retain heritage trees and plants. Video tour and history of Luther Burbank's Goldridge Farm

Golden Nectar Farm video, started by Paul Vossen, now owned and run by member Ana Stayton Golden Nectar Farm webpage

Keith's garden

Mary Frost's garden...... and her other gardens


at = @ and dot =. to foil email spam harvesters FYI

Chairperson 2014-15
Maile Pieri contact CaFarmGal at yahoo dot com 707-795-5073

Treasurer: Mike Roa
Mike Roa MRoa at sonic dot net
ph 829-5867
send snail mail to Mike Roa at 294 Murphy Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Heather Rowbury rowbury.heather at gmail dot com

Scholarships, Grants & Donations Chairperson
Mike Roa
mroa at sonic dot net
see above for snail mail

Scion Exchange, Summer Tree Sale, Apple Press reservatons, Burbank Farm and SSU Liaison:
Phil Pieri
phil_p_2001 at yahoo dot com

(members contact David for rootstocks or Keith for grafted trees being grown for the club in 5 gal pots)
David Ulmer 707-824-1650 davidu9999 at gmail dot com
Keith Borglum 707-576-7250 keith at borglum dot com

Listserv/Forum Moderator:
David Ulmer DavidU9999 at gmail dot com
contact them to get on-or-off the emailing list, change to daily digest or with suggestions or complaints
or go to to apply or to view archives of past discussions

Event Coordinator and Calendar Manager:
Rachel Spaeth (after she finishes her thesis on borage pollen May 2014). Until then contact the Chairperson.

Hospitality Coordinator:
Tong Lai Ginn & open always to volunteers to help!
tlginn73 at gmail dot com

Keith Borglum until about Feb 2014
Keith at Borglum dot com

as of Feb 2014:
Catherine George
cathygeorgedesign at gmail dot com

Keith Borglum
Keith at Borglum dot com

CRFG dues are $41.00 per year, and includes state membership, local membership, a fabulous color magazine all year, and all benefits. Membership costs can differ by type of membership. Local chapter membership includes local tours, tastings, a local email forum where questions are answered and local activities are posted, discounts at local farm stores, and gatherings. Many of us consider being able to get our questions answered on the forum one of the best benefits of membership. We do not give out or sell email addresses!

Membership form download for both state and local (automated Acrobat .pdf download, virus-free)

Or sign up online for CRFG using PayPal (no credit cards sorry) at, then just send the $5 local membership with a completed local membership form to Mike Roa above. All CRFG members nationally and internationally qualify to just add local Redwood Chapter membership for $5.

Then email one of the listserve moderators (Mike Roa MRoa at or David Ulmer DavidU9999 at ) to get on the local email listserve list, otherwise we might not know locally that you are a member until we get a new member list once or twice a year from CRFG, or after the scion exchange event in January!

Questions or comments or want more info? Contact CRFG website for the national group, or one of the officers or chairpersons above for specific chapter info.
For page corrections email Keith at the above chapter email address.

Florence Strange provided the following report on the chapter formation:

John M. Riley and Paul Thompson founded California Rare Fruit Growers in 1968 in southern California. During the next 20 years about 10 chapters formed in southern California. In 1983 John Riley and Paul Thompson founded the first northern California Rare Fruit Growers Chapter in San Jose. It was called the Bay Area Chapter, and Brent Thompson was its first chairman. I served on the board of that chapter from 1986 to 1987.

I had joined the Bay Area Chapter as it was getting organized in 1983. I had originally been enchanted by a program "Growing Tropical Fruit" I had attended at Strybing Arboretum in 1983 that lured me into wanting to try growing fruit stretching the area in which they traditionally grow. At that meeting I got to taste fruit I hadn't known before and went home with a pocket full of new seeds! I became a life member of CRFG, an avid reader of Fruit Gardener, and a hopelessly hooked grower of things less known.

The Bay Area Chapter of CRFG was very active and drew interested people from the whole Bay Area. They were the ones who planted the rare fruit trees in Emma Prush Farm Park ("Prush Park") in San Jose, with CRFG volunteers propagating and planting over 100 specimens of unusual and prized fruit trees.

In fall of 1986 we organized the first CRFG chapter north of San Francisco, naming ourselves the Redwood Chapter. The first members were brought together by Caroline & Terry Harrison and Kay Barr. Kay served as the original chair of the infant chapter for the remainder of 1986.

I served as first full term chair of the Redwood Chapter from 1987 to 1988. We met six times a year for field trips or speakers. The meetings often drew attendance of 30-40 members. In 1989 my husband and I had sold our house and were camping during the construction of our new house. I relinquished the chairmanship, as I had no office or facility from which to work.

Later Redwood Chapter Chairs:
1989 David Dixon
1990-1992 George Quesada
1993-1998 Carolyn Harrison
1999-2002 Mark Harrington
2002-2005 Gregory Flick
2006-2008 David Ulmer
2009- 2010 Phil Pieri
2011-2012 Linda Robertson, with co-chair Keith Borglum
2013-2014 Maile Pieri, with co-chair Ed Maybrun
2014-2015 Maile Pieri

Grow Local; Shop Local!

CRFG-R would like to thank the following local businesses and associations for their support and donations to the chapter:

Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery for just about everything needed for fruit gardening, on Hwy 116 just North of Sebastopol. They offer a 10% discount on plant-materials and some irrigation supplies for CRFG Redwood members. You will need to provide your name and phone number for comparison to our membership list in order to get the discount. Harmony provides irrigation supplies & design, solar supplies & design, a full range of organic vegetables and flowers, nursery stock well adapted to our local climate, and edible landscape design services. Harmony promotes community-supported organic and sustainable agriculture at home, on the farm, and with a special program for school gardens.

Prickett's Nursey, at the corner of Calistoga Road and Hwy 12, with weekly specials 707-539-3030, with a wide selection of indoor and outdoor plants, pottery, soil amendments, Xmas trees, and pruning service. Denise Baxter, owner.

Healdsburg Nursery is a complete full service garden center that prides itself on the quality and selection of their products as well as their friendly and professional staff to assist you in any way necessary.

Sonoma Compost Company, Organic, Affordable, Quality Compost and Mulch for your garden. Alan Siegle

Bee Kind for all your beekeeping supplies

Bloomfield Bees Honey offers raw honey and bee-based medicinal cosmetics from Sebastopol, Sonoma County, CA. Bloomfield Bees Honey is committed to 'bee-yond organics' apiary practices and to offering the very finest in creamed, chunk and raw honey.

Sebastopol Hardware Center, a West Sonoma County full-service hardware store. "Service, convenience and selection in a one-of-a-kind store". Talk to Mike Bishop or anyone in the store for help.
Webmaster's comment: " Let me tell you a story about SHC. I was keeping an eye on some friends' house near Ragle Park while they were away during the last big storm. I go to check on the house, and there is a HUGE fir tree slowly tipping over toward the house, big enough to crush the house. I raced to SHC and grabbed a full container of heavy chain intending to secure the tree to another, and found a long line of customers at the cash register. I stopped a clerk (whom I found out later is an owner), telling them it was an emergency and "could I just leave my credit card or a hundred bucks and run with the chain". They said "just go and come back and pay later". They never even asked my name! Shop local! (and we saved the house in the nick of time - thanks SHC!)

Stony Point Rock Quarry Producers of Soils Plus topsoil products, with custom blends available, family owned since 1973. Ask for Randy Swegle, site manager, for advice.

Slow Food Russian River "a non-profit, eco-gastronomic organization that supports a bio-diverse sustainable food supply, local producers, heritage foodways, and rediscovery of the pleasures of the table".(Whew!) Slow Food and CRFG-R share a number of members in common, ideals in common, and are mutually supportive at respective events. They have local chapters around the world, just like CRFG. They also support the Renewing America's Food Traditions (RAFT) program with its Forgotten Fruit initiative. Gravenstein written in apples.

Burbank Gold Ridge Farm for hosting our espallier apple fence, being a source of scions, allowing us to use their park for meetings, and doing their own work to propogate and retain heritage trees and plants. CRFG also planted and manages an espallier fence of Burbank varieties there.

Master Gardeners for their insightful information and support

Oldies and Goodies Organic Plant Starts. Wholesaler specializing in organically grown heirloom and other outstanding food plants and flowers. Contact Lena at 707-823-5206.

Nana Mae Organics Members Paul and Kendra Kolling tend over 400 acres of 25 varieties of heirloom apple varieties throughout Sonoma County for over 100 different landowners. Kendra is also active on the Slow Food Gravenstein committee. Their apples, apple juice, applesauce, cider-vinegars and other products under the Nana Mae label (named after Paul's grandmother) are available at stores and farmers' markets throughout the Bay Area.

Paula Downing, manager of a number of the Sonoma County Farmer's Markets, for supporting CRFGR through donations of space at the markets for our annual plant sales, and a cash donation to support the CRFGR Cider Press demonstrations for Slow Food.

Whole Foods Market in Sebastopol offering quality natural, organic and local food products, and lots more (including donations for our raffle at the scion exchange).

Sonoma County Nursery Tour and Gardener's Resource Guide speaks for itself. Nice website and articles. Supporter of CRFG-R.

Sustainable Seed Company is based outside Petaluma, offering the finest quality organic and heirloom seeds, a raffle-donor and participant in CRFG-R.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds with a store in Petaluma, offering 1400 kinds of heirloom seeks, a donor of seeds to our scion exchange.

The National Heirloom Expo - the world's pure food fair, where CRFG won Best of Show in 2011for our fruit exhibit, and Blue Ribbon in 2012

United Forest Products - is a local producer of ground covers and amendments, and a donor in support of our raffles.

Spiral Foods Co-op is a local CRFG supporter, promoting our chapter on their website. We share many members in common.

Apple Sauced Cider is a local farm family cidery very supportive to CRFG, Slow Food, and rescuing the gravenstein apple by fermenting it!

Farm to Pantry gleaners. Too much fruit or vegetables? Much of the orchard fruit in West County can be gleaned and brought to various organizations that feed those in need. If interested in volunteering to help glean or have volunteers come glean your fruit trees, please contact Susan at Since 2008 FTP has gleaned over 20,000 pounds of fresh produce for charities. You might also check at CropMobster.

DeLoach Vineyards and Winery for the hospitality at their facility use for our meeting, and donation to the Scion Exchange raffle.

"Vince The Banana Man" aka Vince Scholten NorCal Growers & Banana Company in Sebastopol Sonoma County. You've seen his exhibit at our scion exchanges and perhaps attended one of his lectures on sub-tropical farming in Northern California. Offers rare banana trees for sale, plus chemical-free and GMO-free espalier fruit trees, ornamental nursery plants, and wholesale vegetable and herb starts & produce. Basil by the bushel.
Wholesale home-made pesto by order. 707-486-9997.

banana man

About the Listserve:


If you feel you are getting too many emails from the listserve, you can go online, to the link below, or contact the listserve manager above and edit your preferences to receive just one email per day (ie"digest") containing all the various emails of that day. If you would like to be removed from the listserve, or added; do the same thing.

Kalia has graciously volunteered to field complaints about inappropriate postings. Email her directly at "kalia at" rather than complaining via the group email list, as you may be the only person complaining, and it takes 5 or so to be significant. Or send your complaint to the listserve moderator:

Listserv Moderator:
members contact them to get on the emailing list

David Ulmer DavidU9999 at
or go to to apply
PS: additional volunteer help would be appreciated, especially in January at membership renewal time- contact David above

A discussion occurred as to what is an acceptable posting to our listserve. Majority opinion of the chapter leadership and activists was:
Posting announcements about workshops, events, opportunities, etc. -including aspects of agriculture & gardening not just limited to fruit- is a service to our members; as long as it is of benefit to our members and reasonably related to CRFG interests. An acceptable posting could even be about a big sale at a gardening supply store, for example. If 5 or more members complain about a certain posting being inappropriate to the listserve, the poster would be asked not to post that item again in the future, or be blocked if repeated non-compliance. Members can post events for non-members, but non-members are not allowed to directly use the listserve for any reason. It is desirable if the Subject line states the topic of the post, for example: "seminar on beekeeping next Saturday in Sebastopol". It is general listserve etiquette that the poster disclose if they have a financial interest in the post, such as "This is my daughter's fruit stand having the sale" or "I have no financial interest in this event". Please keep commercial postings short, with a link to more info.

Note that the off-topic messages that will generally cause complaint are those of multi-level-marketing, political, religious, non-ag, spam, etc nature.

Click here for a Q&A about listserve security and spam.

Aside from that, here is a repeat of general listserve etiquette.
Please all pay special attention to the first item on the list, as it is the most frequently violated:
List Etiquette
* Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information from which many may benefit. Send messages such as "thanks for the information", "I want a copy too", "atta-boys", or "me too" to individuals--not to the entire list. Do this by "forwarding" the message, then typing or pasting in the e-mail address of the individual to whom you want to respond.
* Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location, and e-mail address.
* State clearly the specific topic of the comments in the subject line. Second subjects within a message are often overlooked. Consider writing a message on a new topic rather than including it in the first message. This allows members to respond more appropriately and allows for automatic message archiving.
* Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that says "Long Message."
* Occasional off-topic posts, used sparingly, and clearly identified with "off topic" in the subject field are permitted.
* When posting humor, the word "humor" should appear in the subject line. When using humor or sarcasm, be sure it's evident. The absence of expressions common in face-to-face communication can lead to potential misunderstandings. Use smiley faces, i.e., :-), to help indicate your message is meant as humor or sarcasm.
* Do not send administrative messages such as "remove me from the list," to the list. Instead, use the Web interface to change your settings or notify the list administrators.
* Restrict discussions to topics best suited to the medium.
* Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply, delete any header or footer information, and put your response before the original posting. Do not include entire digests in your response.
* Avoid using all UPPERCASE characters in your message. They are less readable and considered the e-mail equivalent of shouting.
* Keep as tight a control on the list-serve address as you do your wallet. It only takes one spammer/hacker/vendor to ruin a list-serve address.
I've purposely skipped the usual stuff, like no attachments, no spam, no flames, etc., as obvious.




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