Welcome to the California Rare Fruit Growers, San Diego Chapter!


Wednesday, June 24
(Every 4th Wednesday of the month, except Nov. and Dec.)
Starts at 7:00 PM

Balboa Park, Casa del Prado, Room 101

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Soil scientist and author Laura Lengnick will present some ecosystem-based climate change adaptation strategies for fruit growers at the June meeting of the San Diego CA Rare Fruit Growers.  Her presentation will draw from her new book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate, released just last month by New Society Publishers.  Laura will introduce the challenges of climate risk to fruit growing and the potential solutions in ecosystem-based adaptation strategies designed to cultivate resilience to climate change effects.  

Climate risk is the weather-related disruptions to normal plant development – germination, flowering, pollination, fruit and grain development – associated with warmer winters, more variable spring weather,  longer growing season and more intense weather extremes such as drought, heatwave and heavy rainfall. Climate risk also includes many complex secondary effects such as changes in weed populations and other plant pests in response to changing weather patterns, and disruptions in the supply of crucial inputs such as water, fuel, fertilizer, and electricity.  Laura will present some of the more subtle effects of changing climate conditions on fruit growth and development.

Ecosystem-based adaptation strategies cultivate resilience by taking advantage of the climate protection services of healthy ecosystems and by cultivating local community capacity for response, recovery and transformation.  Healthy soils and plant diversity are proven climate risk management strategies, as are new technologies that conserve and recycle water or physically protect plants from climate disturbances.  Often overlooked, but equally important, is the capacity for local, place-based innovations that mitigate global warming while providing effective adaptation options.  Laura will discuss the important role that community-based research and education programs, such as the California Rare Fruit Growers, have to play in cultivating a resilient food future.  Resilient Agriculture will be available for sale at the meeting and Laura will be happy to sign your copy at the conclusion of her presentation.

Laura Lengnick has explored food system sustainability through more than 30 years of work as a federal researcher, policy-maker and educator.  Laura was nationally-recognized with a USDA Secretary’s Honor award for her innovative research in sustainable farming systems and she contributed to the 3rd National Climate Assessment as a lead author of the USDA report Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture: Effects and Adaptation. After more than a decade leading the academic program in Sustainable Agriculture at Warren Wilson College, Laura is now an affiliated researcher with the Local Food Research Center and a climate resilience planning consultant with Fernleaf Solutions, both located in Asheville, NC.  Her new book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate, blends the latest science on climate risk, resilience and adaptation with the experiences of 25 award-winning sustainable farmers and ranchers producing vegetables, fruit and nuts, grains and livestock in a changing climate throughout the U.S. 


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The San Diego Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers was created to educate people about rare fruits, to identify fruits that are adaptable to the local area, and to propagate and to exchange plant materials.

What do we do?

During the year, the San Diego Chapter has many activities related to growing rare, unusual and exotic fruits. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in growing fruits in the San Diego area and a desire to improve their gardening skills.

Our meetings cover a wide variety of subjects such as selecting rare or semitropical fruit trees, how to plant and take care of them, how enhance your garden with fruit trees, and what to do with your new source of food.

During our meetings, we have a raffle of rare and exotic plants, mostly scarce fruit trees, donated to the Chapter by our generous membership. We also have a fruit tasting table, where the members get to enjoy fresh fruit prepared in many ways.

In addition, members receive a monthly newsletter filled with information about activities of interest to San Diego gardeners, and recipes using exotic fruits.

For other cities please visit our parent organization's web page at http://www.crfg.org. We also welcome suggestions on how to provide timely and specific information to everyone interested in growing rare fruits in San Diego.


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Last Updated:  June 15, 2015