California Rare Fruit Growers
North San Diego County Chapter

Welcome to the North San Diego County Chapter of
California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.

We are a place for like-minded people to share their passion and knowledge of growing rare and interesting fruiting plants, gardening experiences, and to learn from the experts about growing rare and subtropical fruits in our Southern California climate.

Our mission is to encourage and foster public and scientific interest, research, education in, and the preservation of rare fruit plants that have edible seeds, fruits, leaves, stems, or roots and are not commonly grown commercially.




We donate funds annually to the Horticulture program at Mira Costa Community College – our funds help support an intern with specific plant – related projects. To find out more about the program please visit our project here.

We continue to explore opportunities to support our community and welcome members’ ideas.

California Rare Fruit Growers organization has been around for over 50 years, beginning in 1968. Of note is that the founding ideas took place in North San Diego County.

Special Announcements -- Asian Citrus Psyllid

The County of San Diego has detected the citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB) in the
Valley Center, Oceanside, and Rancho Bernardo areas of San Diego.
CDFA declared a citrus quarantine area starting in February 2023 that has since been expanded.

Please visit the San Diego County government website or visit to learn more.

What this means for us:
At this time, our Chapter’s position is that citrus plants, leaves, or foliage are not brought to any of our events, regardless of the location of the member’s citrus fruit trees. View our one-page Information Sheet.

We recently learned some good news relating to the Asian Citrus Psyllid in California – thank you, Dawne Dickinson for finding and sharing this information. The article is posted by Citrus Industry AgNet and leads with this: “Repeated evaluations throughout California showed 'a massive decline – greater than 70%' in HLB-spreading Asian citrus psyllid densities since the inception of a biological control program, a researcher reported recently.” The report is very positive regarding the fate of California citrus trees.

Quarantine Still In Effect