Annual Exchange Event
THE EVENT is scheduled for Sunday, Feb 11th 2024
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On SUNDAY February 11th we will be having our annual Scion wood exchange event.
The Event day in 2024
This will be done differently than our prior scion wood / grafting events and different from any other CRFG Chapter in the past. You are encouraged to bring anything garden-related from cuttings to seeds to unneeded pots, books, tools, and make them available to others. We ask that on items in short supply take minimal, so others can also get something.
We will be giving some 2.75 gallon pots per person. We will also have some white food grade buckets (originally held frosting) with lids from 2 gallon to 3 gallon size. Limited to one per group. While supplies last. Great for storing – food stuffs, pet food, legos , toys, whatever you want.
We will also have some Mealworm Frass we will be giving away. PreRegistered attendees get 2.5 gallons of mealworm frass,
Register for Sunday’s event at: https://southoccrfg.org/exchange-event/
non registered attendees only get one gallon. registering at the event will not count.
Five nursery-type pots 2.5 gallon size (they have no holes in them. remember to drill at least 5 holes on them to be used for plants.)
We recommend bringing some used grocery bags to use to put stuff in. If you have extras of those bring them as well.
We will have a number of Seed packets to give out. The selection is expected to be different than last year. Every person attending can get one packet of Each of the many varieties of Organic vegetable seeds. Chapter members UpToDate on dues will have access to the seeds prior to the event.
Scion wood / cuttings can be dropped off at Frank’s Lake Forest address prior to the day of the event or on the day of the event as early as 8:30am AT the Farm Food Lab in Irvine.
As people let us know what cuttings they will be able to bring, we will be able to make a list on this website so people will know ahead of time what to expect.
On cuttings of fruit related plants, we would prefer labeled known varieties vs unknown varieties (unless they are not usually named like cape gooseberries).
Fill out the registration page (Below) with the Scion wood / Cuttings planning to bring. (do not forget to click SUBMIT)
Event location – some people reported, it can be difficult to find with mapping software since the park is so large. So… We drove from different directions to the location while recording a video of how to get there. We will be posting them on our website soon to aid everyone.
8:30 -10:00am Dropping off of Scion wood
10:00 we will be making scion wood available to members of the South OC chapter
At 10:20 am Other chapters and the public who have brought items to the exchange will be able to get cuttings / other stuff.
10:40 am everyone else.
12ish , we will have a brief description of how to graft avocado seedlings.
11:30 we will have participants graft cuttings onto avocado seedlings that we will be supplying. There will be mentor grafters going around to answer questions and to critique the grafting methods. Our goal is to increase hands-on knowledge by members of grafting to the public. There is a $10 charge for the seedlings
Prior to the event we HAVE made videos describing possible issues to expect when grafting, this way more people are prepared ahead of time and make better use of the instructions. If you or someone you know is good at grafting or even another different method of propagating plants and want to speak or answer questions at the event, let us know. The link to the Videos is HERE
Plants or cuttings NOT to bring- NO Citrus or Curry plants due to a plant disease in California. There is a citrus Quarantine due to a disease that kills citrus trees. No plants under a current ACTIVE patent – Expired patents are OK.- see our list of past and current Patented plants list by clicking here
Grafting mentors get something special.
We expect a large turnout at the event.
Please bring cash, as we will have vendors selling fantastic plants and plant related items. We expect Ricardos Nursery. Long Beach, to be selling plant; and a vendor selling Olla Pots (for water-wise uses), as well as parafilm for sell by the South OC Chapter for your scions at a low cost of $3 for five feet! Scientists from California Department of Agriculture will be in attendance to answer your questions!
We will be releasing more information as the time approaches to people who have registered, we recommend you put it on your calendar. It will be a great time to meet other people interested in gardening.
If you are looking for bulk soil, checkout this bulk reseller of soil.
Help Us promote the event by mentioning on social media. We have also made minimalist flyers to save on paper. Print, and cut into strips and give out. The PDF document is Here
This Free Event is open to the public. Registration recommended fill out below and click submit
It was a great event with Costco and Orange Farm Supply having Tables / Booths setup
Everything flowed smoothly
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Things people have stated they will be bringing.
List will change / expand / retract as date approaches and more information arrives