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Lillian Larsen kids learn how to graft apple trees

At Lillian Larsen School, Mrs. Wilkinson’s ag students recently learned to graft apple trees

in a hands-on demonstration by Joe Sabol, other members the California Rare Fruit Growers Society and Cal Poly students.

The grafted trees will be cared for in the school greenhouse, which was built by students, until they are ready to be taken home. Trees grafted in previous years are now producing apples for many local families.

Sabol had a long and distinguished career teaching agriculture at Cal Poly. In retirement he continues to share his knowledge, teaching annual grafting classes for all levels at local schools.

He and his wife are also well known for growing prize-winning dahlias.

California Rare Fruit Growers was founded in 1968 for people interested in edible plant-growing. It is the world’s largest amateur fruit-growers association, with chapters around the world. To contact the Central Coast chapter, call 440-5032. The website is

Thanks from chamber

The San Miguel Chamber of Commerce wants to thank everyone who made its Business Expo a success. The chamber especially thanks Kelly Work and Ashley Miller, who organized and coordinated the event.

Library events

Special events in March at the San Miguel Library next to the ballfield on 13th Street: Saturday, March 12, a Women’s History movie will be shown; Saturday, March 26, there will be an egg-decorating party.

For information, call 467-3224 on Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday.

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Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column appears here weekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.