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Local Hero Makes a Better World

The California Avocado Society held its 104th Annual Meeting recently and acknowledged an individual's contributions to the avocado industry with its Oliver Atkins Award. This award is presented in honor of nurseryman Oliver Atkins who went beyond what was required or expected, benefitting the avocado industry and its growers. His devotion to the industry was noted in his day-to-day activities and to the changes that he brought to the industry. The award was made to Mr. Pablo Rodriguez.

The award was presented by Nurseryman Rob Brokaw and the following notes were made during the address:

 

Pablo Rodriguez was born in Mexico in 1950, one of eight kids. He attended a private school on scholarship from ages 8-12, finishing his formal education at 8th grade. He came to the US in order to support his parents and siblings at age 20 in 1971 and worked up and down California for two years before landing at an avocado/citrus nursery in Ventura county.

The nurseryman at the time made a point of “keeping an eye on Pablo”, and Pablo soon rose to be the nursery manger, developing an expertise in grafting. He bought a home in Santa Paula, raising a family there. He gained US citizenship in 1996. He and his family also have a company that performs topworking which is now managed by son Robert.

 

Readying a rootstock for a graft

As the nursery became involved in working with partners overseas, Pablo's expertise was in demand. He has worked with collaborators in Mexico, Peru, and Dominican Republic, Chile, Florida, Hawaii, Spain, South Africa and more.

His skills and expertise are evident in the millions of avocado and citrus trees that have been produced here in California under his watchful eye, but the greater impact of his efforts resonates around the world.

 

Pablo and Samuel Garibay showing South Africans the Brokaw Way

Today Pablo is in semi-retirement. In his case, that means he works just as much as he ever did. He's constantly operating in the background shoring up processes and ensuring smooth operations. On Sundays, he can be found wandering the orchards – “just making sure the graftwood is good for harvest this week!” He isn't asked to do this; he just does it because it needs to be done.

But the real story about Pablo, apart from his intelligence and his accomplishments, is his profound humility and humanity. Pablo's dealings with others are informed by a deep spirituality and morality. He seeks to raise others, preferring to remain in the shadows.

Pablo is a guy who, when asked if he can do the impossible, will think for a while, then shrug and say, “Well, it has to be done”. And then does it. This happens regularly.

To his family, to California growers and to the global avocado industry, Pablo has given selflessly of himself. We're all enriched by his presence in our community.

A Serious budman

pablo getting the budwood ready
pablo getting the budwood ready

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:14 AM
Tags: avocado (289), award (1), CAS Annual meeting (1), Pablo Rodriguez (1)

Avocado Tours Next Week

Join us for our Annual Meeting
CALIFORNIA AVOCADO SOCIETY
PO Box 4205
Ventura, CA 93007
 

REGISTRATION FORM And Agenda

California Avocado Society's
2019 Annual Meeting
The 104th Annual Meeting will be in Ventura
Please Mark your calendar
 
October 4, 2019 (Friday)
 
Friday, October 4 is the Field Tour, President's BBQ then Short General Meeting.
 
Topics on the Tour

Mature high-density plantings and pruning - what happens over time!
A test planting of three scions on nine different rootstocks.
How to recover from fire damage.
Commercial avocado propagation with grafting demonstration.
 
Location
Hansen Agricultural Research & Extension Center, 287 South Briggs Rd., Santa Paula.
 
Registration starts at
8:00-8:45 AM
Field Tour Locations and Maps distributed on-site
Plenty of parking at Hanson Ag Center - Carpooling is encouraged.
 
BBQ Lunch at Hanson Ag Center
1:00 PM
 
Following Lunch
Short meeting, a guest speaker, and CAS Annual Awards
 
Guest Speaker
Ed Williams - Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner
Talk about the future of glyphosate, conflicts between hemp production and avocado farms, and other vital issues for avocado growers.
 
Make it an Avocado week and plan on attending the famous Carpinteria Avocado Festival

Avocado Festival October 4-6, 2019

avocado berms
avocado berms

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 2:28 PM
Tags: avocado (289)

Avocados & Other Trees Blog

It's so nice to be able to find a way to rapidly answer homeowner questions. Once one questions has been addressed, invariably another one pops up.  There are mysteries to plants and  they can go on and on forever.  The University of California Cooperative Extension has locally trained volunteers to answer the questions that local homeowners are going to ask about local plant problems.  You can find Master Gardener contacts by going to the map to find a local office and the local MG Helpline: http://ceventura.ucanr.edu/Offices/

Recently I got an email from a homeowner that had a burning question about the name of an avocado found in a picture.  That one question lead to another and to another and eventually to how to plant a tree in a heavy clay soil.  i was going through explanations, and suddenly remembered a website put together by Greg Alder with photo steps going through the whole process: http://gregalder.com/yardposts/how-to-plant-and-stake-an-avocado-tree/

After passing that link on to the homeowner, I havent had any more questions about planting avocados.  The site does the trick.

So if you are looking for more answers about avocados, the Annual Meeting of the CA Avocado Society is October 4 - next month. Come on the tour and see how it's done:https://californiaavocadosociety.org/annual-meeting.html

Filling a planting hole to see if water drains well enough before planting an avocado.  A great photo from the blog.

 

filling a hole
filling a hole

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 2:14 PM
Tags: Alder (5), avocado (289), backyard (1), hole (2), homeowner (1), planting (9), subtropical trees (1)

Annual CA Avocado Society Meeting

 
Join us for our Annual Meeting
CALIFORNIA AVOCADO SOCIETY
PO Box 4205
Ventura, CA 93007
 

REGISTRATION FORM And Agenda

California Avocado Society's
2019 Annual Meeting
The 104th Annual Meeting will be in Ventura
Please Mark your calendar
 
October 4, 2019 (Friday)
 
Friday, October 4 is the Field Tour, President's BBQ then Short General Meeting.
 
Topics on the Tour

Mature high-density plantings and pruning - what happens over time!
A test planting of three scions on nine different rootstocks.
How to recover from fire damage.
Commercial avocado propagation with grafting demonstration.
 
Location
Hansen Agricultural Research & Extension Center, 287 South Briggs Rd., Santa Paula.
 
Registration starts at
8:00-8:45 AM
Field Tour Locations and Maps distributed on-site
Plenty of parking at Hanson Ag Center - Carpooling is encouraged.
 
BBQ Lunch at Hanson Ag Center
1:00 PM
 
Following Lunch
Short meeting, a guest speaker, and CAS Annual Awards
 
Guest Speaker
Ed Williams - Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner
Talk about the future of glyphosate, conflicts between hemp production and avocado farms, and other vital issues for avocado growers.
 
Make it an Avocado week and plan on attending the famous Carpinteria Avocado Festival
 
 

avocado alley, time to prune
avocado alley, time to prune

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 2:24 PM
Tags: avocado (289), cas (6)

Avocado Brainstorming

The 9th World Avocado Congress is coming up at the end of this month in Colombia (https://worldavocadocongress.co/). It should be a grand time to exchange ideas. This is following on the heels of Avocado Brainstorming held spring of 2018. This meeting in South Africa brought together avocado people from around the world, although a much smaller group than will be in Colombia this year. The Brainstorming was held in the country where the first World Avocado Congress was held in 1987. This is the country where the use of phosphonates was so clearly demonstrated to improve avocado growth in the face of Avocado Root Rot. Trees that were first treated nearly 40 years ago are still producing today. The South African avocado industry is still productive and is described in several articles in a recent “From the Grove” (https://www.californiaavocadogrowers.com/articles/fall-2018-grove-available-online).

Several of the folks who attended that first World Avocado Congress were at this fifth Brainstorming, including Mary Lu Arpaia from California and Nigel Wolstenholme of South Africa. There were 80 attendees at this Brainstorming, representing 11 countries, the bulk coming from South Africa, but 18 cane from the US. The meeting was split into eight sessions over three days with time for tours of the nurseries and groves in the Tzaneen, Limpopo Province.

The session topics were:

• Providing for the Consumer: Health, Safety, Flavor• New Technology to Improve Avocado Production

• Challenges to Productivity: Diseases

• Challenges to Productivity: How the Tree Regulates Return Bloom and Crop Load

• Where Theory Meets Practice

• Challenges to Productivity: Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology

• Meeting the Challenges of the Future

• Tying the Loose Pieces Together: Planning for the Future

These topics no doubt will be further discussed at the Colombia Congress. For a summary of the discussions, check out the Brainstorming Report:

https://ucanr.edu/sites/ucceventura/files/310285.pdf

brainstorming participants
brainstorming participants

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 3:59 PM
Tags: avocado (289), brainstorming (1)

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