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The Golden Gate Chapter of the CRFG has resumed in-person meetings

  Golden Gate Chapter September Meeting

WHEN: Saturday, September 2, 2023

Getting out of a Jam!
Alternatives to Canning to Preserve the Harvest


Presentation by Christine


Marin Montessori Middle School. MAP Driving Directions
1 St. Vincent's Drive
San Rafael CA 94903

From 101 North: take the St Vincent exit 457, then turn right.
From 101 South: take the St Vincent exit 457, then turn left, crossing over the freeway.
Continue quite slowly down the tree-lined lane. 10 mph please!
Park in the lot at the end of the road. You can find the school on the far-right side of the courtyard, just past the large chapel (church).
The entrance is marked with the school's name. Follow the "CRFG Meeting" signs.


12:00 PM - 3:30 PM


12:00 noon - Fruity Potluck! (Bring something to share, especially anything you've "preserved". Be creative!)

12:30 pm - "Intro to Rare Fruit Growing" for any newbies, including seasonal activities in the home orchard.

1:00 pm - Begin meeting with chapter business

1:30 pm - Presentation: "Too Much Fruit? Learn Ways to Enjoy Your Harvest All Year Long"

3:30 pm - End.

Too Much Fruit? Learn Ways to Enjoy Your Harvest All Year Long
Presentation by Christine
While an abundance of fruits and vegetables can be exciting to the home grower, it can also be overwhelming! This creates opportunities to discover the vast world of preserving food that go far beyond canning. The earliest evidence of food preservation dates back 1.5 million years ago. Today it serves as a practical means by which to reduce waste, save money and explore a diversity of methods along the way. We will delve into various food preservation techniques, their benefits, and how to choose which methods will serve your needs - so you can enjoy your seasonal harvests for years to come.

Presenter: Christine is an avid grafting instructor, garden advisor, and passionate about soil health and prairie ecosystems. She is our Golden Gate Scion Exchange coordinator, and grafts hundreds of fruit trees for non-profit organizations annually. She enjoys experiencing new foods and loves to share eating adventures with others.

Thanks to John Heenan, who is part of the team that maintains the infrastructure throughout the 770-acre campus of the St. Vincent's School for Boys, the location of our venue. Originally an orphanage for boys dating back to the gold rush era (1855), founded by a donation of land by Timothy Murphy, and the work of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, it was a self-sufficient farm for 100 years. The core programs house and help traumatized boys recover through counseling and a Therapeutic Equestrian Program. The newest phase is serving the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, by providing interim sanctuary for immigrant children separated from their families. The campus also hosts various schools and non-profits.

Adjacent to the Montessori Junior High School, the Most Holy Rosary Chapel, built in 1930, has provided Traditional Latin Service of the Catholic faith, in addition to Gregorian singing. It isa beautifully elaborate and ornate building in the Italian Renaissance-style, an area landmark.

The Golden Gate Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers [CRFG] has meetings every other month. Meetings are free, and open to the public for all fruit enthusiasts.

Hear from an expert speaker about a fruity topic. Meet like-minded people who bring fresh fruit from their home gardens for everyone to taste. We often share and trade plants, seeds, and scions. Our meetings are a unique opportunity to find people who live in a similar climate, to learn what varieties of what types of fruit will grow well for you, and how to grow them.

Becoming a member offers member benefits, such as a exclusive garden tours, fruit tastings, the CRFG Fruit Gardener magazine, entry to the annual CRFG "Festival of Fruit" conference and more. You're invited! We look forward to meeting you.

You do not need to be a CRFG member to attend although of course we hope you'll join.

FOR MORE INFO: Golden Gate Chapter

Questions or comments? Send email to the Golden Gate Chapter.

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