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    Quandong Flowers - flowering is now over, fruit has set. The Quandong Santalum acuminatum is a small evergreen tree related to the Sandalwoods, native to the southern parts of Australia. It is a root parasite on other species, and thrives in arid areas on well drained, sandy/gravelly soils.

May Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 24th May 2022 at the Fogolar Furlan Centre, 69 Briar Road, Felixstow, from 7:30pm. This is subject to change depending on how the Covid situation evolves, so if changes occur they will be reflected on this website, and notified to members via email, asap.

Attendance for the meeting is no longer capped and prior registration is not required.

No supper will be provided so please do not bring fruit/food stuffs to the meeting.

The Library will be operating for members to borrow and return books.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend the meeting.

Our Guest Speaker will be Chris Day from Every Day Sustainable Living and Cockatoo Creek Farm. Chris has been growing food and actively participating in and teaching Permaculture and Sustainable living since early 2000. With a focus on productive edible landscapes in urban, rural and community settings, he designs and installs gardens to suit the individual site and client. He is passionate about the actions we can take together to regenerate community and the environment, for current and future generations.

– Things we do –

■ We grow fruits and food plants from the four corners of the globe. They originate from cool-temperate, temperate, subtropical and elevated tropical regions. Records are kept of our successes and failures.

■ We listen to top Guest Speakers at most of our meetings and are presented with the best local knowledge from our more experienced members.

■ We learn to graft, bud and propagate at our workshop sessions and from our library and locally produced fact sheets.

■ We receive a newsletter at each meeting containing articles and experiences supplied by other members. It usually contains an outline of the presentation by the previous guest speaker or a description of a prior field trip or seminar.

■ We participate in field trips to established fruit properties, research stations and other member’s orchards. A sampling of the produce is usually enjoyed.

■ We set up a trading table at nearly every meeting where members may purchase fruit trees, rootstocks, budwood, grafting material and unusual plants, for a modest outlay.

■ We have a large collection of rare and heritage variety fruit trees grown by our members. Our heritage fruit tree orchard at Kanmantoo, established in conjunction with Neutrog Ltd, will provide propagating material for both common and scarce fruit cultivars.

■ During July, we conduct deciduous fruit grafting sessions where rootstocks and budwood are available for purchase and grafting techniques are demonstrated. Members have priority over visitors. Fig and grape cuttings are also available. Full details of times and venues will be available on our web site in the Meetings area prior to July.

– Things we don’t do –

■ Due to the difficulty of arranging permits and observing regulations regards sending propagating material interstate, we are unable to do this.

■ Our society is only a club of members, not a commercial nursery, so we do not run a mail order service selling trees or propagating material of any description.

■ We do not provide gardening or consulting services of any kind and we do not endorse or recommend others who provide those services.

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Enjoy the benefits of Rare Fruit Society membership

Meet and interact with other passionate Rare Fruit growers from our region

Access to the members section of the website

As a club member, you will receive our newsletter full of articles on fruit growing specific to our region.

Throughout the year, field trips, workshops and events are arranged for our members. These include visiting commercial orchards and research facilities, and our annual grafting days.

Enjoy access to our extensive Library of fruit related books and access our growing Library of subject specific videos.

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