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A Plum Assignment

When something is a "plum," it's something desirable, whether it be a "plum" position, a "plum" assignment or a "plum" reward.With honey bees, a bee...

Bee Heading Toward Plum Blossom
Bee Heading Toward Plum Blossom

HONEY BEE from the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, heads toward a plum blossom in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden on Bee Biology Road. The garden is open dawn to dusk at no charge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sharing a Plum
Sharing a Plum

A HONEY BEE and a hover fly, aka flower fly, share a plum blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Heavy Load
Heavy Load

PACKING a heavy load of pollen, a honey bee buzzing toward a plum blossom appears to be "plum-tired." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Private eye for peach pie

The Fresno Bee profiled a local business over the weekend that pursues confidential research projects to help clients - such as fruit breeders, growers and sellers - identify fruit varieties that look great, taste delicious, grow easily and store well.

Fruit Dynamics monitors 10 stone-fruit breeding programs, evaluating 400 to 600 unreleased cultivars each year for the fresh and processing fruit markets.

Tree fruit growers are looking to the company to boost their industry, in which profits have dipped due to high production and competition from a greater diversity of fruit choices, such as relatively new California blueberries.

Fruit Dynamics owner Eric Gaarde has been collecting fruit variety characteristics since the 1990s, the article said.

"Their database is, without a doubt, the most unique fruit database in the world," UC Cooperative Extension tree fruit farm advisor Kevin Day told reporter Joan Obra.

"What they've done across geographic breeding lines is absolutely unparalleled," Day was quoted in the story. "It's staggering, the data they have."

Day offers information on tree fruit fresh-shipping, production practices, fruit growth and development, pruning and training systems on the Tulare County UC Cooperative Extension website.

Fruit Dynamics maintains an extensive tree fruit database.
Fruit Dynamics maintains an extensive tree fruit database.

Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 8:18 AM
Tags: nectarines (13), peaches (18), plums (4), tree fruit (1)

Master Gardener shares rare fruit source with Chron readers

A Master Gardener with UC Cooperative Extension in Santa Clara County, Laramie Treviño, turned San Francisco Chronicle readers on to a source of fast-producing, unusual fruit trees in a feature story printed over the weekend.

Treviño profiled C. Todd Kennedy and Patrick Schafer, rare fruit enthusiasts who run their online-only nursery as a "personal charity," the story said. Tree prices are $19.50, low considering they are already a good size and most will produce fruit within one year.

Kennedy and Schafer have constructed an unusual business model for

  • Two dozen varieties are offered each year, and then those types are unavailable for a few years thereafter
  • Only enough inventory is propagated to ensure that its stock sells out
  • The company has no catalogs, no printed growing tips, no listed fax or telephone numbers
  • Surplus fruit trees will be available at Filoli Garden Center when the estate reopens Feb. 9. Filoli is a historic country estate about 30 miles south of San Francisco that is open to the public.
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 10:31 AM
Tags: apricots (2), garden (69), gardening (45), nectarines (13), peaches (18), plums (4)

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