March meeting moved to the 18th

Check out Upcoming Meetings for details.

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What a great scion exchange!

img_20170211_102652909_hdrArnold Bernstein, as always, gave a masterful lecture/demonstration on grafting.

Our officers and members brought in some amazing exotic scion wood.

And we had 80 attendees, including many many new faces!   Way to go, CRFG-WLA!

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Check out our nifty new CRFG.ORG website!

Just click here for easy access.  You will find the locations and dates of all the other Scion Exchanges in the country, plus a host of cool information, photos, videos, etc. produced by the organization over the decades.

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Dear Fellow West LA Members,

Between our excitement to get today’s wonderful lecture by Jorge Ochoa started, and  my basic brain-dead state, I forgot to announce the fact that I had brought a sample bag of compost to the meeting today.  Those of you who saw it, liked it a lot.  Hal Golden brought home the sample bag and you can ask him his opinion too (click Contact Us above).

This compost is produced by Jorge Chediak, a wonderful man from Canyon Country, who makes it from his daughter’s horse’s manure, his wife’s chicken’s manure and the greens from his land.  He is meticulous about never using manure or droppings from treated animals and I have had wonderful success with his compost.  The extremely heavy 2 cubic foot bags are $5 apiece.  With an order of 20 bags, Jorge will deliver right to your door.  Contact the Webmaster (me)  if you are interested.  For smaller orders, we will have to accumulate a total of 20 bags to make Jorge’s trip worthwhile.

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Holiday Party in Malibu

In December, we gathered at the residence of Chairman Bruce Blavin’s
in Malibu. With a spectacular turnout filled with wonderful dishes
shared for the potluck, the party was a true success. We are happy that
everyone made the drive up the mountain to spend the day together.
A big thanks to Bruce and Margery Blavin for hosting and for everyone
who brought plants and food to share. It was a day to be remembered.
Member Paul Kao was gracious enough to take many photos during the
party and has uploaded them to Google for us to enjoy.

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Chapter News

In July, Professor Jorge Ochoa delighted us with a very informative and captivating talk about his passion: passionfruits. With many wonderful pictures, samples, and insights shared, the group was very pleased with his presentation.

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The Festival of Fruit is coming up very soon!

It’s not too late to register.  There are many great speakers and an abundance of exciting tours.  Tours fill up quickly.  Be sure to register soon!  The website is:

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