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November 17 Meeting: California Avocados
Eric Focht will be joining us to talk about California avocados. He is a Staff Research Associate at UC Riverside in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences. Eric has been involved with UCR's avocado breeding program since 2005. 

California has been the birthplace of many varieties of avocado from Anaheim to Zutano. Some of these varieties, such as Hass, were lucky finds, but many of the newer varieties available today are the result of UC Riverside's 70-year old avocado breeding program. Eric will show us some of the important varieties released from this program, including Lamb Hass and GEM as well as some intriguing new varieties that may be available soon.

This 2017 article by NPR talks about the goals of UCR's avocado breeding program and mentions one of the new yet-to-be-released varieties, nicknamed "lunchbox" for its small size:

California Is On Its Way To Having An Avocado Crop Year-Round

This month we will be meeting in person at 7:30 pm.

Niedringhaus Hall of First Congregational Church of Santa Ana
2555 Santiago St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

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Field Trips

Cal Poly Pomona (Tour and Student Scholarship Presentation)
Saturday November 12, 9:30 am

Join us at Cal Poly Pomona for our annual student scholarship presentation. We will tour the greenhouses near the CPP Farm Store, visit the trial coffee grove and see an area of newly planted dragon fruit. We may also have the opportunity to tour the historic orange groves as well as the avocado block. 

The Farm Store and attached nursery will be open to purchase freshly picked crops, seasonal vegetable starts and Dave Wilson fruit trees.

While in the area, you may want to visit some of these nearby attractions:
Cal Poly Pomona Farm Store
4102 S. University Drive, Pomona

Parking is behind the Farm Store in an unpaved lot. Please do not park in the store's main parking lot (see map.) 
Map - pdf file 
Map - jpg file

Carpooling is recommended. Do you have extra seats or seek a carpool?

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Recent Past Events

Ricardo's Nursery 
Sunday October 23, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Ricardo is one of our chapter members whose family specializes in growing and selling many hard to find central American/Mexican plants as well as a vast collection of pitahaya and mangos. Wait until you see a mature, vigorous growing Passiflora Ruby Glow! His award winning nursery also services the community offering an extensive variety of landscape plants! 

OC chapter members are invited to join us for a tour and education of many fruiting plants and trees that may be unknown to you. Learn about their origin and growing conditions and some may be available for sampling. Ricardo is also offering a discount on any purchase. 

Location: 6850 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach


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