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Rod Dodd

Senior Garden Consultant | Celebrity Chef

about.

Rod Dodd is the owner/Chef of Organic Harvest Gardens Farm which is located in North Long Beach California.

UC Certified Master Gardener 

Certified Animal Technologist

Culinary School Graduate

Private Estate and noted Celebrity Chef

UC Certified Master Gardener 

Certified Animal Technologist

Culinary School Graduate

Private Estate and noted Celebrity Chef

Rod is a retired Staff Research associate and Animal resource Manager for USC, UCLA, and the Veterans Administration.

contributions.

Chef Rod uses his farm, to teach economically disadvantaged youth, conventional gardening and hydroponics, through a course he developed " From Seed to Harvest to Table."

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rod and his team, delivered over 300 fresh organic produce boxes, per week, to seniors throughout the Long Beach area, where seniors were housebound as a result of the pandemic. This earned him the title "California Hero" by many News outlets.Rod continues to expand the Gardens to serve Veterans and seniors. Teaching them, gardening and healthy food choices, as a mechanism to reduce the effects of stress, PTSD and most common symptoms, that plague the urban community.

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q&a.

Celia
Incidentally, our figs (for the first time) really produced this year. One is brown turkey but the other one tastes a lot like a watermelon. I wish I knew what type it is because I really love it. Can you recommend some types of hardy, big producers of figs?
The fig tree you are referring to is the watermelon wine fig. It really has a distinctive taste the resembles a ripe, sweet and juicy watermelon. The black mission fig and brown turkey fig are both delicious and very prolific producers. I would give these varieties a try.
Celia
Incidentally, our figs (for the first time) really produced this year. One is brown turkey but the other one tastes a lot like a watermelon. I wish I knew what type it is because I really love it. Can you recommend some types of hardy, big producers of figs?
The fig tree you are referring to is the watermelon wine fig. It really has a distinctive taste the resembles a ripe, sweet and juicy watermelon. The black mission fig and brown turkey fig are both delicious and very prolific producers. I would give these varieties a try.
John
Incidentally, our figs (for the first time) really produced this year. One is brown turkey but the other one tastes a lot like a watermelon. I wish I knew what type it is because I really love it. Can you recommend some types of hardy, big producers of figs?
The fig tree you are referring to is the watermelon wine fig. It really has a distinctive taste the resembles a ripe, sweet and juicy watermelon. The black mission fig and brown turkey fig are both delicious and very prolific producers. I would give these varieties a try.

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