Friday, November 6, 2009

From SFGate: Reviving blueberry bush attacked by apple moth

Bill Copenheaver, a San Francisco agriculture inspector, confirmed that the light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana, also known as LBAM), a pest accidentally imported from Australia, is now common in San Francisco as well as in all other coastal Bay Area counties and the bay sides of East Bay counties.

1 comment:

Matthew aka. Sab said...

Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery faces eviction. This will result in the loss of rare of rare fruit tree and plant varieties from around the world. Notice to Quit served, and trial Thrusday November 19th, 2009. Need of immediate intervention.

Escondido, Ca - Stephen Spangler and our community are about to endure the loss of his life’s work of the past 27 years. San Diego will lose a unique local farm and extremely rare fruit tree and other plant varieties.

On a 5 acre once desolate plot in the unique climate of Vista, California, Exotica Nursery has created an oasis, Garden of Eden like setting, with over 1200 varieties of organically grown rare, heirloom, and endangered fruits, including vines, palms, and bamboos. From Makepeace apples to Ecuadorian Black walnuts, Steven notes his 7 varieties of cherries, at least 16 varieties of figs, 16 varieties of guavas, 17 varieties of palm, and over 100 varieties of pomegranates.

While most Californians are accustomed to one variety of mangoes from Mexico, Steven grows over 8 different varieties. His conservation efforts include varieties that may be extinct outside of this nursery. The plants on the property have been valued at a total of $1.3 million. And this only scratches the surface of Exotica’s offerings.

Stephen is a soft spoken gentle man, who resembles the peaceful trees he has sought out around the world and provided nuture and nourishment to for the past 27 years who desperately and immediately needs:

* Money in the short-term - $50,000 to cover back rent and legal fees
* A lawyer
* A business partner for the long run

To be able to survive Exotica needs intervention by Thursday, November 19, 8:10am where he is due at the Vista Courthouse to decide his fate.

Can you help?

Contact Steven

P. 760.724.9093

C. 760.716.8831

F. 760.940.0914

Some potential options if Exotica had more time:

* CSA - Currently, fruiting trees' fruits are given away.
* Sapling/tree purchases
* Land purchase
* historial park/arboretum park/botanical garden/preserve, partnership with local Colleges and Universities.
* Rare Greenhouse sapling nursery developed for online store - global delivery.
* Direct sell of fruit and saplings at farmers markets, etc.

Rare Fruit Nursery
Rare Plants and Fruit Trees
From Around the World
2508-B E. Vista Way • P.O. Box 16O • Vista, CA 92083 • 760.724-9093