2023 plant sale at Nordic Hall
2023 plant sale at Nordic Hall

Past Events

Orchard Tour -- Specialty Produce

On March 16, twenty-two members and guests attended our “orchard tour” of the 50,000 square foot warehouse of Specialty Produce in San Diego. Specialty Produce is a family owned and operated fresh produce and grocery supplier to markets and restaurants throughout San Diego, and is also open daily to the public.

The dazzling array of produce and other food items (including mushrooms, cheeses, charcuterie, and canned and dry goods) from near and far must be seen in person to be appreciated. There is also a fruit museum, featuring pictures and information on thousands of fruits, herbs, and vegetables. if you haven’t been there, we highly recommend it.

Wall of images of fruit, with title image "every fruit has a story..."
Wall of images of fruit, with title image "every fruit has a story..."
Chapter Meeting

On March 26, the Chapter meeting presentation was Organic Strategies and Practices, by Ellen Maisen of Rancho Los Serranos, a certified organic farm. Certification takes three years and is a very intensive process, but Ellen brought her wisdom to the hobbyist backyard growers in the chapter. Among the helpful hints:

  • Cover crops, such as red crimson clover, act as a “living mulch” and nitrogen fixer – not all weeds are bad

  • “Trap crops” draw the bugs away from your crops by giving them something tempting that’s closer, such as dill to attract tomato hornworms and marigolds to trap earwigs

  • No-till methods are actually better – churning up the dirt makes it susceptible to erosion

CRFG members listening to the March presentation
CRFG members listening to the March presentation