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Pre-festival History Hike with Marv: Thursday August 25

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Marv’s History Hike: Stenner Creek to the Cuesta water tunnel

Marv demonstrates a type of grafting at the annual scion exchange in SLO

Marv demonstrates a type of grafting at the annual scion exchange in SLO

Thursday, August 25 – 10:30 AM
Join Marv and learn about history, geology, vegetation and wildlife. Please wear sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring plenty of water and a snack. Bikers have the right-of-way. Please step off the trail for them.
  • Hike duration varies with group, but allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  • Distance: 3.9 miles round trip
  • Elevation change: 700 Ft.
  • No handicap facilities, No Smoking, No restroom, but a lot of bushes.
  • No RSVP necessary, just register for the Festival of Fruit 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: Rain cancels hikes. Go to http://bit.ly/SLOhike for info on trail closures.

 

 

Thanks for following these garden etiquette tips while visiting homes, nurseries, growers, etc.

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  1. We never bring pets to meetings/tours and we never even ask if we may!
  2. We do our best to use public facilities or our own restroom before the meeting
  3. We do our best not to ask to go inside the hosts’ home.
  4. We never pick fruit, flowers, foliage, weeds, seed pods and we never even ask.
  5. We do our best to car pool and park with great respect to our host and the neighborhood.
  6. We never talk when our host is talking. We do our best to stay up close when given a tour.
  7. We never “take over” the tour and tell everyone how we do it at our home!!
  8. We have thoughtful questions but try not to ask questions that embarrass our host.
  9. We do our best to help our host feel good, feel appreciated. We clean up our mess.
  10. We stay on the path, with our host…and never go walking around on our own unless given permission by the host.
  11. At the end of the tour, we make a special effort to thank the host. We “gather up” and have some sort of “closure” to the tour.
  12. We even write thank you notes when we get home, especially if we asked a lot of questions, were impressed, were surprised, were treated well. We write thank you notes even when we are not the leader!
she's telling us about a dream she had about this tree when they first moved into their Santa Margarita home—it reached down and held her hand

during this garden tour, the host tells the crowd about a dream she had with this enormous tree when they first moved into their Santa Margarita home—it reached down and held her hand

“Growing your own food is like printing your own money,” says Ron Finley of L.A. Green Grounds

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The timing for this year’s Festival of Fruit theme—Edible Landscaping—couldn’t come at a better time. From obesity to food insecurity, many Americans could improve their health by growing more of their own food. In communities like South Central in Los Angeles, resident and edible landscaping advocate Ron Finley explains in his TED talk how easy it is to start growing more food and feeding more people. Learn more about his organization L.A. Green Grounds.

Highlights: Festival of Fruit 2016

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  • Two full days of garden tours on Friday and Sunday
  • Join us for a “meet and greet” on Friday night
  • We’ll spend all day Saturday on the Cal Poly campus with Rosalind Creasy, our keynote speaker—Ms. Creasy is the author of The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping and a number of other gardening-related books including Cooking from the Garden
  • Many amazing and fun speakers will present
  • Festival attendees can also visit vendor and non-profit information booths
  • Saturday will conclude with a delicious BBQ dinner followed by a passionate speaker who will stimulate your sweet tooth: think chocolate
  • The area abounds in bike and hiking trails, world class wineries, great farmers markets and restaurants, Hearst Castle, beautiful beaches, and charming small towns

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Festival of Fruit 2016: Year of Edible Landscaping, A to Z – Apples to Zapote

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August 26-28th
San Luis Obispo County

The Central Coast Chapter of CRFG is hard at work planning an exciting and educational Festival for you.  We will have two full days of garden tours on Friday and Sunday (see the article on Robert and Carol Scott’s home in the current issue of the Fruit Gardener magazine – just one of the fantastic gardens on the tour).  There will be a “meet and greet” on Friday night.  All day Saturday will be spent on the Cal Poly campus with Rosalind Creasy, our keynote speaker, kicking things off.  Ms. Creasy is the author of “The complete book of EDIBLE LANDSCAPING” and a number of other gardening related books – including cooking from the garden.   Many amazing and fun speakers will be available throughout the day as well as vendor and non-profit information booths.  The day will end with a delicious (BBQ) dinner followed by a passionate speaker who will stimulate your sweet tooth – think chocolate.
The Central Coast, with its year round sunny and mild climate, is an internationally acclaimed destination.   The area abounds in bike and hiking trails, world class wineries, great farmers markets and restaurants, the Hearst castle, beautiful beaches, and charming small towns.  You will find much to do here during your stay so come early and stay late, make a vacation of it, bring your walking shoes and camera and join us for the best festival ever!