Harvest News
         October 2017
Sharing the beauty of Fynbos & Australian natives, especially the family of Proteaceae!
Behind the Scenes with California Bountiful TV
While I'm usually content wandering the fields with my camera photographing flowers... this week Tracy Sellers, Host/Producer, of California Bountiful TV visited our farm and made my field trip extra special!  A weekly, 30-minute show, California Bountiful, is produced by the California Farm Bureau Federation in Sacramento. They educate folks on where their food really comes from... basically the whole "farm to fork" concept is brought to TV each week!  Read More>  
In the Field: Protea Red Baron
It's autumn and in the field... the Red Baron has returned! Yes, an Ace of Aces: when it comes to proteas... a fabulous mix of P. Obtusifolia and P. Magnifica. The rich scarlet-red hue, clean waxen bracts and large dark green leaves are typical of the characteristics inherited from its parentage. The large, gorgeous flower heads are a rich, clear red color with silver-white hairs edging the bracts.  Read More> 
Petal it Forward 2017
The floral industry hit the streets on October 11th to Petal It Forward, and Fallbrook was among 459 cities in all 50 states, plus DC and Canada where florists, wholesalers and farmers brightened the days of random passersby. It was all part of the nationwide 'Petal it Forward' program, in partnership with the Society of American Florists (SAF).  Read More> 
Create a Festive Fall Arrangement   
Thanksgiving marks the last big holiday in the fall season. Without a doubt, it's one of my favorite holidays because it combines so many of my favorite things - getting together with friends and family to share a savory meal and a daylong celebration centered on the bounty we receive from the earth. To get in the holiday mood, I like to fill my house with lots of beautiful materials from nature. I usually begin by creating a festive fall arrangement, a profusion of flowers in a pumpkin.  Read More> 
San Diego Floral Association's Family Fair 
A warm and sunny afternoon played host to the San Diego Floral Association's Family Fair held at the popular Mission Hills Nursery. The organization welcomed the season of apple pies, and colorful leaves with a festive event that included friends and neighbors, sweet and tasty treats, fun for the kids, and pumpkins in every size and shape.  Artisans from around the county were invited to join in the fall fun by creating a marketplace and vendor fair.  The fair, setup in an outdoor area next to the nursery, was surrounded by vibrant flowers, autumn displays and lots of colorful pumpkins Read More> 
UCR Botanic Gardens Fall Market & Plant Sale
Fall is a very popular time of the year for outdoor markets and fairs of all kinds. And when garden opportunities arise we always try to participate in the local favorites. Autumn also happens to be the best time to plant perennials, shrubs, bulbs and even wildflower seeds. Did you know that plants established in the fall and winter grow faster in the spring and require less water when summer comes?   Read More>
CPA Event: IPA 2017 Update 
This month Resendiz Brothers had the pleasure to host the California Protea Association's (CPA) Fall meeting. The topic was - the International Protea Association (IPA) 2017 Conference and Pre-Conference Tour. It was our opportunity to shared what we learned while attending the conference in South Africa with the farmers here in California. The meeting started with the Area Report that Mel presented during the IPA Grower's Day covering California's current status of protea production and future outlooks. A second slide-show followed with pictures taken during the IPA Conference and Tour, highlighting the farms that so graciously welcomed us.   Read More> 
 
Mel's Field Note s
Hello Friends! 
Happy Halloween!
The pumpkins are carved and the flowers arranged. Our harvest season is in full swing and it's Halloween once again. A day reserved to honor the souls of the past and tend to our own with a trick and maybe a treat or two. October 31st possesses a certain kind of magic, even after you've moved on from ringing doorbells and sorting through sweets collected in a goodie bag.
 
October was filled with lots of Treats, No Tricks: California Bountiful, Flower Power and Garden Inspirations!  It was a pleasure showing Tracy and Scott with California Bountiful TV around the farm. I believe it is extremely important to educate people on where their food and flowers come from. At every garden show or event that we attend people ask what kind of flowers we grow and then say they had no idea these types of flowers we're grown in California. Tracy and Scott also joined us as we 'Petaled It Forward' here in Fallbrook sharing two protea bouquets with strangers, asking them to keep one and give one away. Many of the unsuspecting recipients were pleasantly surprised and some even wondering what's the catch?  We still haven't received word as to when California Bountiful will air the episode, but we'll be sure to let you know when we get the news.
 
Mid-month we participated in UCR Botanic Gardens Fall Market & Plant Sale and the San Diego Floral Association's Family Fair. Both events provided additional opportunities for us to spread the word about protea as a cut flower and garden plant.   
 
Finally, last weekend we held a Wreath-Making Workshop here on the farm and it was a blast meeting everyone who showed to make a wreath. Thirty unique wreaths were designed and created... they we're all gorgeous!  We'll share more about this event in our November newsletter. 
 
   Enjoy the month of November - Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
   Mel
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                    Hope you enjoyed this Newsletter!
                      The Resendiz Brothers Team
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