South Orange County Rare Fruit Growers
  We are here with the information you did not know
Yet is needed to know to grow plants cheaper, faster, more efficiently!!

 Updates & News

We are the official South OC CRFG chapter!
Our website address:
Private Facebook group: California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG South OC Chapter)

You are invited to our:

Pruning Demonstration
Jeff Micka, an arborist friend and colleague of Tom Del Hotal, who Tom taught and worked with on fruit tree pruning projects, will be speaking on various Pruning tips. Meeting to be held both in-person and remotely. Meeting date is scheduled for Saturday October 16th 10:00 AM to 12:00 am with social meeting from 12:00 -1:00 People showing up without registering may have limited or no access to the meeting. Members given preference in seating . Location is at the Great Park Farm Food Lab  in Irvine Near the 5 Freeway and Sand Canyon

To be able to Attend you need to pre-register at

We will send the Zoom link to the pre-registered email address. 
Feel free to forward this email and share on social media with interested people!

For people attending in person we will be checking the preregistered list prior to seating.  SO preregister. 

Additional Info
Our chapter Speaker Policies
  • When discussing a problem, we expect our speakers to also discuss solutions. We are here to help educate members on growing their own various fruit trees & edible plants.
  • All speakers' talks will be posted on the chapter's Youtube Channel sometime after the meeting. Note that the meeting recording may be edited (usually to remove unimportant parts or dead space) and topic presenters will have the opportunity to approve their content prior to posting.  
  • The video of the meeting recording is property of the South Orange County CRFG Chapter and the presenter. The presenter will be given the digital recording of the meeting to use at their discretion. 

Requests to Members
  • Please feel free to suggest topics and/or presenters for our future chapter meetings!
    • If you know someone who might be interested or who you would like to learn from, please let us know. At this time, we are a dirt poor chapter and we cannot pay speakers. We look forward to when we can afford dirt, then upgrade it to soil! Even with this limitation, we intend to provide informative and interesting meetings. :-)
  • Please let us know if you are interested in helping out with the chapter by contacting us at  

Frank Wagoner / Kathy Connell 
Co Chairs of the South Orange County chapter of California Rare Fruit Growers 

This page has a Calendar with plant / fruit related events members may be interested in. As we grow, so will  it.

Feel free to suggest potential events to add to the list.

Also let us know of possible costs involved and whether you can purchase plants / gardening items at the events, do members get discounts?

.July 24th 2:30 pm is an in person meeting in lake forest close to the freeway. Event is open to the public. 

The event topic is Grafting and scionwood exchange.

OC Gardening Events

Pet Safe Rat Trap Workshop

An event for founding members.

This is an event arranged by a member of this pending chapter:T his is not an official club event.
This will be held outside with a large spacing between persons. Everyone is required to wear masks, and all safety protocols will be observed Location will be at my address in Lake Forest near Rockfield close to the 5 Freeway on Saturday 5/15/2021 beginning at 11:00 AM.
You are invited to join this workshop to make some of the pet safe rat traps. We will set up in my front yard and driveway.  Everyone who comes participates in some way to build the rat traps.
     Any members interested in attending, Let us know and the number of traps wanted so I can purchase the appropriate material amounts.
I cut the wood, someone helps with measurements, adjusting saw, 
Someone focuses on  vacuum / sweeping up the sawdust. Someone drills the hole for the entrance,
Some people assemble the traps , glue & nail the housing together.
Someone sand wood edges a little.
Some people paint the primer on the snap trap and the trap housing,
Someone later. Paints with the final paint Someone cuts the wire mesh for the back of the trap.
Someone drills the holes in the snap traps while attaching the trap to the board.Someone staples to attach the metal mesh to the back of the trap.
All supply costs will be totaled and divided by the number of traps made. And that would be the cost per trap each attending person will pay estimated around $7 per trap.  I will be supplying tools, tables, sand paper, brushes, paint,  driving to Home Depot to pickup the sheets of plywood and some of the other parts - 1 inch brad nails, staples, wood glue, paints (I may have the paints)
I have some chairs, but if you can bring a folding one to use would be great. , I have an easy up canopy, we could use two more, so let me know if you would be able to bring one.

From the member:" In our neighborhood, in the last couple of years, there have been more rats.One of my neighbors has the motto they are natural animals. So, he also puts food out for them. Well, they quickly got out of control and some of the neighbors around him started putting poison out. The rats then ate the poison and then some of the neighborhood cats apparently ate one or two and died. Since I have cats that like to go outside, I did not want them hurt by rat traps. So I built an enclosed rat trap with a removable top.The enclosure helps prevent my cats from stepping on the trap. It also prevents me from stepping on the trap and getting hurt. other advantages :
I can mount it alongside the top of my wooden fence so when the rats are running on top of the fence so at night they can visit my trap.
I can put the trap in bushes since the enclosure prevents the branches and leaves from interacting with the trap. I even put some in my grape plants.
I have mounted some on the end of a 2x4 so I can put against brick wallsSince the top is removable I can have easy access to the internal trap to clear and re-bait the trap.
Rats can only access the trap one direction, so trap has a higher success rate.
One end has wire mesh to make it easy to see the trap and bait status. 
Using a number of these traps, the member caught 65 rats last year." I also have tried some of the electronic traps , and I have better success with these. I do not have to fear getting a little wet.