Calendar/Events

Calendar/Activities

Regular monthly meetings are held on the third Friday of the month, most of the months. Meetings start at 7:00 pm and are held at MiraCosta College Oceanside campus. Meetings are open to members and guests.

Upcoming Meetings

Annual Pot Luck and Plant Sale
 July 15, 2017, 11:00 San Diego Botanic Garden

Picnic & Plant sale will again be at the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden on Sat. July 15th from 11 AM to 3 PM

Attending members mustbe members of our chapter’s limited and also be members of our parent CRFG organization. We have, again, invited our friends from the San Diego City Chapter to join us. Let the Admission person from SDBG know you are there for the CRFG picnic and you will not be charged admission or parking. This is for Members & Family. You must have reservations. Members please call 760-806-6686 to rsvp by July 12th. Space is limited.

We will be in the patio area next to the Ecke Building, near the Undersea Succulent Garden. The picnic is from 11 AM-3 PM. This is a potluck. Please bring a ready-to-serve dish that will feed 8-10. Food should be on the table before noon.

Past Events and Meetings

Friday, June 16, 2017  7:00 PM

Composting and Growing sub-tropicals from seed
MiraCosta College Student Center, Aztlan Room A/B

Due to an unfortunate last minute change in our scheduling, we will be having a two-part program for you. It is like two meetings for the price of one!

We will be starting with an introductory program on composting,composting basics, how to get started and tricks to make it easier.

  • Increases organic matter in your soil.
  • Helps plants absorb nutrients already in your soil and provides some extra nutrients too.
  • Makes clay soils more airy and helps them drain better.
  • Makes clay and other soils more friable, which means they’ll be easier to crumble and dig in.
  • Helps sandy soils retain water that normally runs through.
  • Helps balance the pH of your soil.
  • Can extend the growing season by moderating soil temperature.
  • Can even help control soil erosion!

Have you ever wanted to get into growing some of the more unusual tropical and sub-tropical fruits and plants? Many times, the only way to do this is to start from seed, and many times those seeds will be coming from a foreign country. We will talk about getting seeds, import permits, restrictions and rules. Once you have your seeds, what do you do? We will discuss different types of seed germination treatments, methods for germination and care for your new plantlets.

May 19, 2017

Bee Aware: Keeping bees in San Diego County presented by Jaime Garza, San Diego County Dept. of Agriculture

Mr. Garza will discuss beekeeper management practices, pests and diseases of bee colonies, and the revisions made to the San Diego County Bee Ordinance that allowed more beekeepers the opportunity to keep bee colonies legally in the unincorporated areas of the county. He will also have a short presentation about nursery licensing and the shipping/receiving of plant material.

Persimmons with Greg Rager
Friday, March 17, 2017 7:00 PM
MiraCosta College Student Center, Aztlan Room A/B
Passiflora with Bob Holzinger

Friday, October 21 7:00 PM

MiraCosta College Student Center, Aztlan Room A/B

Bob joined CRFG in 1984 as a member of the San Diego Chapter. Immediately he began to search for an area of speciality, which lead him to meet Patrick Worley, a renowned grower and hybridizer of passifloras. Without the space to plant lots of passifloras at his house, Bob spent many weekends at Patrick’s greenhouses learning about passifloras and taking pictures of the many flowers open during the visits. When Bob moved to Ventura in 1994 he acquired a property with an extensive fence line, and in two years the chain link surrounding the yard was completely covered by over twenty species and hybrids of passiflora. At his new house in Carlsbad Bob has again tried to create a green fence line covered by passifloras, growing the vines for both the fruit and the beautiful flowers.


Friday September 16, 2016 7:00 PM 


Permaculture with Peter Ash

MiraCosta College Student Center, Aztlan Room A/B

Friday September Peter Ash is an organic farmer with over 40 years experience. Peter is a Certified Permaculture Designer,
Master Composter, Environmental
Educator, and a Trained Naturalist. After 35 years in commercial agriculture Peter
became dedicated to sustainable and
regenerative practices focusing on building
 healthy soil and returning all organics back
to the environment. He studied
 microbiology under Dr. Elaine Ingham and 
studied and taught Biodynamics with the
 Biodynamic Association of India. Peter has 
designed and implemented commercial
compost and recycling operations in India 
and Zanzibar and has an ongoing permaculture design project in Madagascar. From his work and research in India Peter has written several papers on bioremediation of toxic soils through the use of compost and natural planting systems. In 2002, Peter started StraightAsh Environmental Solutions, an international consulting firm on Permaculture Design, Sustainable Food Systems, Agroecology, and Integrated Waste Management. Peter continues to teach and consult internationally.

Calendar/Activities

Regular monthly meetings are held on the third Friday of the month, most of the months. Meetings start at 7:00 pm and are held at MiraCosta College Oceanside campus. Meetings are open to members and guests.