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Many exciting events this coming weekend Oct 20, 21

I will be posting here more regularly now, so following this blog should be much more interesting!

Taste apples in Santa Cruz or Sebastopol, or grapes in Willits, or cactus and palm fruits in Walnut Creek, or heirloom fruit from a 198 year old orchard at Ft Ross, next weekend.

And BIONEERS in San Rafael!

Cannot do them all. . . it is so hard to choose! Hope to see you at one of them-

Apple Tasting with the California Rare Fruit Growers,


Harvest Festival and Draft Horse Day
Saturday, October 20
11:00am to 4:00pm

Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1 (831) 426-0505

Celebrate harvest time the old-fashioned way at Wilder Ranch State Park on Saturday, October 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Choose and decorate a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, take a draft horse wagon ride, see antique tractors and living history demonstrations, try your hand at some old-time harvest activities, listen to live bluegrass and western music, learn to square dance, play the snap-apple game, make corn husk dolls and other crafts, taste hand-cranked pumpkin ice cream, apple and pumpkin pie.  Apple tasting of dozens of varieties will be available for $5 per person, courtesy of the California Rare Fruit Growers. Food concessionaire available or pack a picnic lunch.  Admission to the event is free; parking is $10.00 per car.


Grape tasting, October 20,  12-5pm, Willits

Chapter member Richard Jeske, who grows 150 varieties of grapes at his home in Willits, will host a grape tasting there on October 20 from noon to 5.  About 25 varieties of grapes will be available for tasting, along with about 15 varieties of vines for sale.  Participants are welcome to bring their own grapes for tasting, also.

For information and directions, call or e-mail Richard at (707) 459-5926 or

Founded 1812, join in on the Bicentennial Celebration-

Fort Ross Harvest Festival, October 20, 10-430, Near Jenner

Susan Rudy, the caretaker of the Fort Ross Orchard (founded 1814), spoke at the Festival of Fruit last month about this unique orchard and its evolution through the history of settlement on the north coast.  As part of the Fort Ross bicentennial, the state park will hold a Harvest Festival on October 20, from 10:00 to 4:30.  During the morning, participants will help gather fruit from the orchard, and in the afternoon there will be a tour of the newly reconstructed windmill, and juicing, baking, crafts, and a musical performance of Russian songs and dances.  There is an entrance fee of $12.00 per car ($11.00 for seniors.)


Fruit Tasting Tour

Ruth Bancroft Gardens

1500 Bancroft Road. Walnut Creek, CA

Saturday, October 20: 10-11:30am

Fruit Tasting Tour

Fruit SamplesJelly Palm

Fall is a great time to sample! The Garden has an abundance of fruit-producing plants, which we will taste on this tour, including palm fruit, dragon fruit, and other unique cactus fruits.

Become a prickly pear fruit connoisseur while comparing several of the varieties we grow at The Ruth Bancroft Garden. All ages are welcome to attend.

Saturday, October 20: 10-11:30am

Due to the nature of this event, advanced registration will be required to attend.

Garden Admission plus $8: $18 general admission; $15 Seniors or students, $8 for Garden Members or children under the age of 12

General Admission tickets may be purchased online here or by calling the Office.

RBG Members, Students, and Seniors, please call the Office for your tickets.

(925) 944-9352


Redwood Empire Chapter California Rare Fruit Grower’s

Annual Apple Tasting

October 21, 1:00 to about 4:00
Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Farm, 7781 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol

We’ll sample and rate about 40 different varieties of apples and also some pears.  Parking will be at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, at 500 Robinson Road.  As always, volunteers are needed and welcome, to cut up fruit beforehand and during the event.


The Bioneers Conference: Connecting People With Solutions and Each Other

October 19-21, 2012

Marin Center, San Rafael, CA
“Occasionally a conference can, by the strength of its vision, create a whole new context within which to understand an issue. It can also build a network among people in related but separate fields of activity. The Bioneers Conference achieves all this, and more—being there changes the way one views the landscape of the environmental movement. Bioneers is central to the re-imagination of what it means to be human.”
– Paul Hawken, author and social entrepreneur
The acclaimed annual National Bioneers Conference is a pre-eminent leading-edge knowledge forum where brilliant social and scientific innovators illuminate breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. As a network of networks, Bioneers connects people with solutions and each other in an inspiring celebration of the applied genius of nature and human ingenuity.

The 23rd annual conference will feature well-known leaders such as Paul Hawken as well as “the greatest people you’ve never heard of. It animates a kaleidoscope of interconnected topics, highlighting:
¨     Climate Change Solutions & Action
¨     Protecting the Amazon Rainforest
¨     Building Resilient Communities
¨     Advancing Women’s Leadership
¨     Feminomics
¨     Creating Justice
¨     Reinventing Eco-nomics
¨     Restoring Ecological, Local and Just Food and Farming Systems
¨     Plus: Ending the War on Drugs, Faith-based Action, Cosmos and Psyche
¨     And the Native-directed Indigenous Forum of Indigenous Wisdom