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Cupaiuolo, Susan. Interview, 2023-02-23

Identifier: SC027-24

Scope and Contents

The Primavera Orchard was owned and operated by Giovanni and Susan Cupaiuolo from 1991 until Nino’s death in 2020 in Vista, California. It was a six acre peri-urban farm specializing in the growth, preparation, promotion and detailed hand-pollinated fruit from a variety of cherimoya trees. Cherimoya trees are a tropical fruit tree which will only grow in Southern California and are very expensive due to the complicated and dedicated care of the trees and cultivations. The Cupaiuolos later introduced blueberries to the area to provide this northern fruit into the local markets during the northern dormant season. Other fruits and vegetables were grown for personal use.


  • 2023-02-23


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From the Collection: 256 Gigabytes

From the Collection: 29 Cassettes



Acknowledgement note

This interview was recorded as part of the North County Oral History Initiative, a partnership between California State University San Marcos and San Marcos Historical Society & Heritage Park. This initiative was generously funded by the Center for Engaged Scholarship at CSU San Marcos.

Repository Details

Part of the CSUSM Special Collections Repository

California State University San Marcos Library
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