Harvest News
       December 2018
Sharing the beauty of Fynbos & Australian natives, especially the family of Proteaceae!
In the Field: Waxflower
Waxflower season is upon us, and with it comes an abundance of those beloved fragrant flowers. Belonging to the Chamelaucium genus of shrubs and stemming from the myrtle family, they are related to Leptospermum and Thryptomene. Waxflower includes over a 100 varieties of Geraldton wax or Chamelaucium uncinatum and other Chamelaucium species and hybrids. Some of the more common hybrids are classified as Pearlflowers, Gemflowers or Starflowers. These amazing plants typically bloom early winter through spring and are widely grown for their frilly eye-catching blooms.  Read More>  
Holiday Wreath Workshop    
From front doors to fireplace mantels and festive tabletops, our protea wreaths and garlands extend far beyond Christmas greens. One of our favorite holiday traditions? Helping old and new friends create fresh, unique holiday decor that they can display in and around their homes. This month, we hosted the UCCE Master Gardeners and several neighbors from the community for a fun filled morning of wreath and garland making.  Read More>  
2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral    
It's an annual announcement: Come early December we all eagerly await for the experts at Pantone to release the Color of the Year, forecasting a shade that they believe will set the tone for the year ahead. It looks like 2019 is going to be brighter, more vibrant, and a bit tropical. Or at least, that's the mood being set by Pantone's Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral. It's described as an animating and life-affirming coral hue, with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.  Read More> 
CWA Holiday Workshop   
Aren't the holidays the best? We sure think so, which is why we decided to host another holiday workshop for California Women for Agriculture - San Diego Chapter (CWA). It was the third year in a row this talented group of farmers visited our farm to learn more about the protea we grow and create something special for their homes, all while raising funds for the organization. The last two years participants created holiday wreaths and this year they designed festive tabletop arrangements.  Read More> 
Flower News: December's Articles of Interest 
Mel Resendiz: A Protea Evangelist 
The Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers supply the fresh blossoms sold at the "Festival of Trees" at the San Diego Floral Association's December Nights celebration, in Room 101 of the Casa del Prado. Ismael "Mel" Resendiz began his career in agriculture as a young man picking cotton and harvesting sugar cane in the hot, dirt of Sinaloa, Mexico. He and his brothers, Profirio, Raul and Ramon farmed in various regions of Mexico until Mel stumbled upon an opportunity to work temporarily at Zorro Protea Farm in Vista in March 1978.  Read More>
 2018 Best Nine on Instagram - Thank You for the Likes!

Mel's Field Notes   
   Hello Friends!    
As the end of the year is only one day away, I thought it might be fun to reminisce a little about some of my favorite memories from 2018. Can you guess what they were? I know you must be doing the same thing, it's crazy to think that New Year's Day is Tuesday. So with 2019 on the horizon, I've taken a look back at what I consider to be the highlights of this year. Some come as a complete shock to me (hello to dinner for 175 in the field), while others I expected and or hoped might happen. I'll keep this short today, as I'm busy this week propagating new plants and planting those that are ready in my new garden (the 43 acres). I'm also spending some extra time with my family before we head into January and begin our Valentine's Day preparations. Hope you are having a great holiday week and enjoying some time off too. And lastly, my favorite memories of 2018 and feeling... Blessed! 

The 2018 Rose Parade   
Lots of New Farm Friends

Our Field to Vase Dinner

Awesome Protea Articles

Our Resendiz Brothers Book

 My Trip to China

Winning Marketer of the Year

Our Protea Workshops

Planting my New Garden

Wishing you good health, happiness, and success in the coming  
year and always... Happy New Year!
 Mel     
CaGrown
                    Hope you enjoyed this Newsletter!
                      The Resendiz Brothers Team
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