growing an ecosystem of abundance


You can reach John Valenzuela at:

(415) 246-8834


4 responses

  1. Hi Mr. Valenzuela, I am a student @ ivc at the farm with Wendy and Henry Wallace.
    I am looking for a research project so that I can apply for a grant with the Native Plant
    Society. Have you created a map of those trees you have found in Novato ( like the one near Whole Foods and the railroad tracks) and other
    places in Marin that you mentioned in you talk at Venture Greenhouse?
    Emily Wong

    March 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    • Emily,
      Thanks for your inquiry, I would like to clarify what you are asking.

      You mentioned “those trees” I found in Novato/Marin, like the wild peach tree next to the RR tracks. I showed many trees in my slide show, do you mean wild fruit bearing trees? There are many, many of these trees (especially wild cherry plums), and I have not mapped them.

      What is the research project you are looking for that would be part of a grant from CNPS?


      April 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

  2. Angelo

    Hey John,

    Its been a while since I’ve heard your wisdom.

    I just came across this tree over my networks:

    Common Names: Jaboticaba, Jabuticaba, Guaperu, Guapuru, Hivapuru, Sabara, Ybapuru

    Species: Myrciaria cauliflora Berg., M. jaboticaba Berg., M. tenella Berg., M. trunciflora Berg.

    I wanted to know if you have had any experience growing it up here in Northern California, or have had any experience with the tree/fruit in general?

    Is it tasty? worth growing?

    Thanks so much, you rock!

    August 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

    • Angelo,

      Yes I know the Jaboticaba, first in Hawai’i, and have even eaten fruits grown around here (in San Jose). They are very slow growing shrub, cold hardy in the milder areas of the Bay, and they may even have multiple crops per year, but it is certainly not a consistent bearing fruit species in this area. I have only eaten them a couple of times from the tree at Prusch Park in San Jose.

      They look and taste kinda like a tropical concord grape, sweet white flesh that adheres strongly to the few seeds, with a thick tart grapey skin that adds to the great flavor.

      I consider it a great rare fruit for those who have patience, not a staple fruit crop.

      Keep it juicy!

      August 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

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