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Pitahaya Meeting Soon

The 2019 Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit Festival/Field Day

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Located at the UC South Coast Research & Extension Center

1601 Irvine Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92618

6:30am - 2:30pm

Please join us as we discuss how to grow a pitahaya from a seed, irrigation and design considerations, weed management strategies without glyphosate, nematode issues, and much more! To view the entire agenda, click here. We expect this Festival to sell out, so register early!

Registration is $40.00 per person if paid online or postmarked by Monday, September 9, 2019. The price will be $50.00 after this date or at the door, if space allows (checks only at the door). Register early as attendance is only limited to 100 participants. Click here to continue on with registering.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, pitahaya or dragon fruit ice cream tasting, and an informational packet.

Please Note: refunds will not be issued, but substitutions are allowed.

For questions regarding registration and substitutions, please contact Erin Spaniel at 858-822-7919. For general program information, please contact Ramiro Lobo at 858-243-4608.


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Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 4:39 PM
Tags: dragon fruit (6), meeting (3), pitahaya (6)

Learn to Dragon Fruit

2018 Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit Production Seminar

San Diego County Farm Bureau

420 South Broadway, Suite 200 | Escondido, CA 92025

Friday - August 24, 2018

7:00am – 4:30pm


  • San Diego County Agriculture – Water, Policies and Regulatory Update
  • Pitahaya Research Update – Variety Evaluation and Performance, Genetic Characterization
  • Irrigation Water Management Strategies and Pitahaya Irrigation
  • Pitahaya Post Harvest Management & Sensory Evaluation
  • Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit Markets and Marketing - An Overview and Global Perspective
  • Pitahaya Orchard Establishment & Economics Considerations
  • Pitahaya Fertility Management & Soil Analytical Reports (Tentative)
  • Nematode Issues and their Impact for Pitahaya Production
  • Insect Pest Management & Pesticide Use Safety for Pitahayas and Other Specialty Crops
  • Weeds and Weed Management Strategies for Specialty Crops, including Pitahaya
  • Diseases – Diagnosis and Management Strategies for Pitahaya Production
  • Hydroponics – An Evaluation of Soilless Substrates for Pitahaya Production (Tentative) 


2018 Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit Festival/Field Day

UC South Coast Research and Extension Center

7601 Irvine Boulevard | Irvine, CA 92618

Saturday - August 25, 2016

6:30am – 3:30pm


  • Review of Pitahaya Varieties and Hand Pollination Demonstration
  • Integrated Pest Management Strategies for Specialty Crops Production
  • Pitahaya Irrigation Research and System Design Consideration
  • Pitahaya Trellis Systems Demonstration
  • Pitahaya Production for Home or Backyard Growers
  • Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit and Ice Cream Tasting 




REGISTER EARLY. This event has sold out in the past!! Attendance is limited to 60 participants for the seminar on August 24th and 100 for the festival/field day on August 25th. This would also help us plan for handouts and cuttings. No refunds will be issued, but substitutions are allowed.


PRICINGincludes continental breakfast, refreshments, lunch, (Catered by Phil's BBQ on 8/24), pitahaya/dragon fruit ice cream, smoothie tasting, and an information packet:

  • Package Registration for Seminar & Festival/Field Day: $80.00, 

If paid online with a credit card or post-marked by Friday - August 17, 2018.

No package registrations after this date.


  • Seminar Registration ONLY: $60.00, 

If paid online with a credit card or post-marked by Friday - August 17, 2018

$70.00 after this date or at the door, if space allows*


  • Festival/Field Day Registration ONLY: $ 40.00,

If paid online with a credit card or post-marked by Friday - August 17, 2018

$50.00 after this date or at the door, if space allows*


*Walk-ins will be allowed if space is available, but you MUST have exact change or checks. Credit cards will NOT be accepted day of.


Please be aware that you WILL be turned away if space is not available! NO EXCEPTIONS.


TO REGISTER,please complete the online registration form at:


For registration questions, please contact

Erin Spaniel

Administrative Assistant II


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pitahaya flower

Posted on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 7:02 AM
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Fire Recovery and Frost Refresher

University of California Cooperative Extension, USDA Farm Service Agency, California Avocado Commission and California Avocado Society

Fire Recovery and Frost Refresher

Santa Paula Agricultural Museum, 926 Railroad Ave, Santa Paula

January 10, 9 – 11 AM, Wednesday


Introduction – Ben Faber, UCCE

Fire Damage to Santa Barbara and Ventura County Agriculture – Henry Gonzales, VC Ag Commissioner

Damage to Avocado Orchards – Ken Melban, CAC

Disaster Resources Available from USDA – Farm Service Agency – Daisy Banda, USDA- FSA

Assessing Fire and Frost Damage and Recovery Practices – Ben Faber

Fire Loss Calculator – Eta Takele, UCCE

Fire Experiences – What Works, What Doesn't and What Might – Grower Panel


Representatives from Ventura and Santa Barbara Agriculture Commissions will be present


FSA will be present from 8-12 to take Disaster Applications


Refreshments will be served.

For information contact: Ben Faber (805)645-1462

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Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 5:15 PM
Tags: avocado (289), cherimoya (14), citrus (339), dragon fruit (6), fire (30), frost (19), guava (3), guava (3), Thomas (8)

Ventura Dragon Fruit Workshop

2017 Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit Production Tour – Ventura

UC Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center

14292 W Telegraph Rd. | Santa Paula, CA 93060

Enter on Briggs Road Entrance

Phone: (805) 525-9293 |Fax: (805) 525-5475

Monday – October 2, 2017


Self Driven Tour-Volunteer Drivers Needed for Carpooling


Tour Itinerary & Agenda:

7:00 am           Registration, Continental Breakfast, Welcome and Introductions - Ramiro Lobo, UCCE San Diego, Ben Faber and Jose Fernandez de Soto, Ben Faber UCCE San Diego

7:45 am          Depart for MVP Ranch in Fillmore, CA. Tour hosted by Jose Fernandez, UCCE Hansen REC and Ramiro Lobo, UCCE San Diego County

9:15 am          Depart for Thille Ranch in Santa Paula, CA. – Tour hosted by Dave Pommer

11:00 am         Depart for UC Hansen REC in Santa Paula, CA. – Tour hosted by Jose Fernandez de Soto, UC Hansen REC

12:30 pm        LUNCH, Pitahaya Fruit and Ice Cream Tasting, Pitahaya Cutting Exchange

2:00 pm          Adjourn

Topics to be Discussed/Highlighted:

  • Overview of farming operations visited
  • Variety selection, planting, trellis and growing systems (pots vs. soils, shade vs. full sun, etc.)
  • Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit Irrigation and water quality Issues
  • Pitahaya orchard establishment & economics considerations
  • Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit Varieties, Pollen Collection and Pollination Demonstration
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for pitahayas and other specialty crops
  • Pitahaya fertility management & fertilizer practices
  • Nematode issues for pitahaya production
  • Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit Tasting and cutting exchange – Please bring/donate fruit for the tasting and get feedback from other growers (10 pieces of fruit needed)


                 Register Online at:

Registration Questions: Contact Roland Hills - 858.822.7711 or Erin Spaniel - 858.822.7919

Program Information: Contact Ramiro Lobo - 858.243.4608 or Jose Fernandez - 760.996.4874


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pitahaya flower

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 6:40 AM

Pitahaya Field Day


2016 Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit Field Day

Friday – September 16, 2016

MVP Farms – Off Highway 126, Fillmore, CA

3095 West Telegraph Road, Fillmore, CA 93015, and


Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center – Santa Paula, CA

14292 West Telegraph Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060



7:00 am           Registration and Continental Breakfast at MVP Farms

8:00 am           Overview and Tour of Field Research Trials at MVP Farms (Varieties, Irrigation, Fertilization, and Trellis System) - Jose Fernandez De Soto & Ramiro Lobo, UC Cooperative Extension; Manuel Dubon, MVP Farms; and, Keny Lam, AGQ Labs Inc.

9:30 am           BREAK & Relocate to Hansen Agricultural Research &Extension Center in Santa Paula

10:00 am         Pitahaya Production in Ventura County – A Research UpdateJose Fernandez de Soto, UC Hansen Research and Extension Center.

10:20 am         Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit Varieties – Morphology, Genetic Characterization, Adaptation and Yield Data - Ramiro Lobo – Farm Advisor, UCCE San Diego County.

10:40 am         Pitahaya Diseases, Prevention & Management StrategiesJames Downer, Farm Advisor, UCCE Ventura County.

11:00 am         Nematode Problems in Pitahaya Production – Research Update – Ole Becker, Extension Nematology Specialist, UC Riverside.

11:20 am         Fertility Management for Pitahaya Production in California: Kenny A. Lam, Agronomy Director, AGQ Labs Inc.

11:40 am         Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Insect Pest Management Alternatives for Pitahaya Production in California Anna D. Howell, Entomologist - UCCE Ventura County.

12:00 am         Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit Establishment Costs and Market Considerations: Ramiro Lobo – Farm Advisor, UCCE San Diego County

12:30 PM        LUNCH & Pitahaya Fruit/Ice Cream Tasting (included with registration)

2:00 PM          ADJOURN!!


REGISTRATION: $30.00 per person if registered and paid online by Monday – September 12, 2016; or $40 at the door, if space allows. The registration fee covers handout materials, continental breakfast, refreshments, lunch, pitahaya fruit/ice cream tasting, and 6 cuttings of pitahaya or dragon fruit. Please register in advance to help us plan for meals and handouts!!

Register online at


ACCESSIBILITY: UC Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center is a Handicapped accessible facility. However, the field portion of this event involves walking on uneven terrain without any shade. Please contact Jose De Soto (760.996.4874 or or Ramiro Lobo (858.243.4608 or for any special accommodation you may need.


Program sponsored by the University of California Cooperative Extension offices in San Diego and Ventura Counties, in collaboration with MVP Farms and with financial support from the UC Thelma Hansen Fund.


Posted on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 8:29 AM
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