Welcome to the website of the California Rare Fruit Growers!

The California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) is the largest amateur fruit-growing organization in the world. We specialize in fruit not native to nor grown commercially in any given area; but our breadth of knowledge and experience covers the environmentally sound culture of any and all edible plants.  What we have learned is exchanged on this website, in our magazine The Fruit Gardener, on field trips and at meetings of our 23 chapters (not all in California!).  There we get to go face to face with noted international horticultural researchers, commercial growers, and representatives from institutions of higher learning… not to mention our passionate fellow hobbyists.  In addition, we run the annual Festival of Fruit,  have photography contests, grant college scholarships,  and hold our famous scion exchanges. Come on in!  The fruit is fine.

Please note:  We are a non-profit organization. We are not a business and do not sell fruit or fruit trees. We do hold annual scion exchanges at our chapters’ January or February meetings, where CRFG members can exchange scion wood and learn how to graft it to their own fruit trees. The chapters also host public meetings to educate those interested in learning how to grow and propagate fruit.

 

NAFEX 2021 virtual conference

CRFG was supposed to hold a joint conference with NAFEX in Santa Rosa in 2020 but you know what happened there. It was optimistically rescheduled for this year but again fate intervened. Now NAFEX, with some help from the Redwood Empire Chapter, has decided to hold an online conference in November.  Read all the details here.

Urgent PSA: For all California Fig Growers

The first alarm was sounded on the ourfigs.com forum three weeks ago.   Now the larvae of the Black Fig Fruit Fly (Silba adipata McAlpine) has been found from Santa Barbara south to at least Orange County.  The photo above is from Santa Monica.   If your unripe figs appear misshapen or prematurely dark or soft, please cut them open and check for larvae.  You can contact the state and they will send out inspectors who will take samples.  Their “bug docs” are currently trying to figure out a lure.  This is what they sent out recently.

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The folks at ourfigs.com are also worth joining as they independently track the infestation and hunt down solutions.  The fly has been endemic in other parts of the world so there is some research available.

If you — like the rest of the world — are buying more from Amazon these days…

…why not sign in to smile.amazon.com with your regular Amazon credentials and choose California Rare Fruit Growers as your designated charity?  It doesn’t cost you a cent more and helps us give you more of what you joined us for (well, except for fruit exchanges and face to face meetings in this Time of the Virus).

If you use the Amazon Shopping app on your phone, you can enable Smile in Settings.  Just tap “AmazonSmile” and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process.

And thanks from CRFG!