MEETINGS

Meetings will be virtual and begin at 7 pm unless an exception is noted. Event links will be sent to current members prior to the meeting.

 

Upcoming 2024 Speakers

 

June - No Member meeting; Field Trip TBA

July - TBD

 

CLASSES   Coming soon.

 

Upcoming Events:

PREVIOUS EVENTS

2024

January 8, Almudena Gudiel, Chef & Owner of Gables Delight.  Her topic is “Gourmet Jams & Jellies”

February 12 - Dr. Amanda  Pike, Co-owner of Jupiter Farms. Topic:  "Designing Food Forests"

March 11- Rich Ackerman- Topic: "All About Vanilla"

April 08 - Noel Ramos - Topic: "Best Practices on How to Grow Fruit Trees"

May 13 - Richard Siegel Topic: "Pineapples"

 

2023

Feb 13 | Brenda Marty-Jimenez, UF/IFAS Extension, Broward Extension, "Florida Cottage Food Law"

March 13 | Dr. William Kern, Assoc Prof, Dept of Entomology & Nematology UF "Insects Affecting Tropical Fruit Trees"

April 11 | Alexander Salazar, Tropical Acres Farms, "New Zill Cultivars fro Broward County in 2023"

May 8 | Chris Wenzel of Truly Tropical, "Best Mangos for South Florida Backyards"

June 12 | Dr. Samuel (Sumter Country), “Tropical & Warm Weather Vegetables”

Sept 12 | Jeff WasielewskiUF/IFAS Extension, Broward Extension, "Growing Finger Limes in South Florida"

October 9 | Tiare Silvasy, UF/IFAS, Hillsborough County, “Fall Vegetable Gardening”.

November 13 | Pamela Dutra, Post-doc Researcher at UF/IFAS.  Topic: "Dragon Fruit in South FL Overcoming Challenges & Cultivating Success”. 

 

2022

Jan 10 | Clifton Middleton, “Clifton’s Organic Gardening World”

Feb 14 |  Bobby Biswa, “Introduction to Fruits of Borneo, Thailand and India”

Mar 14 |  Noris Ledesma, “ Florida Mango Heritage”

April 11 | Karim Rossy, "Sub-Tropical & Tropical Fruits of South Florida”

May 16 | James Farwell, Farwell Fruit Farm, Fort Meyers. "Plinia (Jaboticaba) & Myrciaria”

July 9 | Cynthia Schaefer  “Foodsteading, how to grow abundant food”

August 8 | Jeff Wasielewski, UF/IFAS Homestead, Commercial Tropical Fruit Ext. Agent, “Pruning Fruit Trees”

Sept.12 | Amy Vu, UF IFAS Gainesville, Extension Agent Apiculture, "Honey Bee Research/Beekeeping"

Oct 10  | “Winter Vegetable Gardening”

Nov 14 | Noel Ramos, Topic: Garcinias

Dec 12 | Holiday Pot Luck, Hawaiian Themed 

 

2021

January 11 | Documentary, "Seed: The Untold Story"

February 8 | Alex Salazar, Owner, Tropical Acres Farm, WPB, "The Sapotaceae Family of Fruit Trees"

March 8 | Dr. Richard Campbell, Mango Men, "Creating an Estate Mango Orchard in South Florida"

April 12 | Erin Wilson, President RFCI, "Tropical Fruit Based Cocktails"

May 10 | Ken Love, Chef, Fruit Hunter Grower in Hawaii, "Fruits of Hawaii"

June  14 | Pauline Haydock & Erin Cannings, Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery, Australia, "Subtropical Fruits of      Australia"

August 9 | Patrick B. Garvey, owner and director of Grimal Grove, Big Pine Key, FL, "Grimal Grove and the Wonderful World of Breadfruit"

Sept 13 | Marsha Eisenberg,  "How to Grow Heirloom Tomatoes in South Florida"

Oct  11 | Jason Long, owner Tree Amigos Growers, Davie FL, "Organic Vegetable Gardening for South Florida"

Nov 8 | Steven Murray, fruit explorer from Californi, "Steven Murray's Journey with Exotic Fruit"

 

2020

January 13, 2020 | Lorna Bravo | IFAS Broward County Extension Office Rain Barrel Program

February 11, 2020 | Dr. Alan Chambers | UF/IFAS - Vanilla Bean

March 9, 2020 |Cynthia Schaffer | Are You Weeding What You Should Be Eatting?

September 14, 2020 |Samuel Chillaron, UF/IFAS Extention Homstead - Broward | Florida Friendly Vegetable Gardening, Best Practices & Vegetables for South Florida

October 12, 2020 | Noel Ramos, Tropical Fruit Collector | Jackfruit and Other Incredible Artocarpus Species 

November 16, 2020 | Sarah Brewer, UF/IFAS Homestead | Breeding a Better Papya for South Florida

December 14, 2020 | Dr. Danielle Treadwell, UF/IFAS Gainesville | Organic Principles for Home Gardens

 

2019

January 8, 2019 | Documentary | Seed: The Untold Story

February 11, 2019 | Vivian Landix | Composting and Compost Tea Basics

March 11, 2019 | Noel Ramos | The Fruit Hunters, A History of a Few Brave Collectors

March 16 + 17, 2019 | GardenFest Extravaganza | Plant Sales, enjoy nature seminars, food + music

April 6 + 7, 2019 | RFVC Spring Plant Sale |  Day 1 + 2 

April 8, 2019  | Chris Wenzel of Truly Tropical | Best Mangoes for South Florida Dooryards

May 13, 2019  | Juliane Miklos | Get Spicy with Ginger and Tumeric

June 10, 2019   | Annual Birthday Bash | Celbrating the Fruits of the Season

June 1, 2019 | Class: David Harold | Air Layering Class

July 8, 2019 | Dr. Jonathan Crane, UF/IFAS | Lychee Flowering

August 12, 2019  | Dr. Matt Snow, RFVC Miami | Jackfruits

September 9, 2019  | Marsha Eisenberg | Tomatos

October 14, 2019  | Gabi Serra | Herbalism

November 13, 2019  | Karin Fields | Edible Gardening

December 9, 2019 | Annual Holiday Party & Member Potluck

 

2018

January 8, 2018 | Noel Ramos | Best Fruits for South Florida

February 12, 2018 | Har Mahdeem | Selecting, Purchasing + Planting Fruit Trees

March 12, 2018 | Dr. Alina Puig, USDA ARS | Diseases Affecting Theobroma Cacao ‘The Chocolate Tree’

April 9, 2018 | Dr Jonathan Crane, UF TREC | Carambolas + Avocados. Laurel Wilt disease in South Florida

April 21, 2018 | Class: Murray Corman + David Harold | Fertilizer 101

May 14, 2018 | Jason Long, Tree Amigos Farm | Organic Gardening

June 2, 2018 | Class: David Harold + Karim Rossy | Air Layering Part 1

June 11, 2018 | RFVC Annual End of Season Party 

July 9, 2018 | Alex Salizar, Tropical Acre Farms | Mangos

August 13, 2018 | John Caldwell, Beekeeper | Backyard Micro-Epiary Program

September 15, 2018 | Class: David Harold + Karim Rossy | Air Layering Part 2

October 8, 2018 | Cynthia Schaffer, South Florida Edible Landscaping and Sustainable Living | Creating an Edible and Medicinal Garden

October 20 + 21, 2018 | 43rd Annual Fall Plant Sale 

Saturday November 10, 2018 | Margaret Basile | Vegetable Gardening Class

** Cancelled** Monday November 12, 2018 | Equistito Chocolates, NMB | From Bean to Bar.

December 1, 2018  | Margaret Basile | Vegetable Cooking Class

December 8, 2018 | Sal Otenwalder | Avocado Grafting

December 10, 2018 | Annual Holiday Party & Member Potluck


2017

January 9, 2017 | Jorge Zaldivar | Guavas

February 15, 2017 | Chris Rollins | Fruits of Southeast Asia

March 13, 2017 | Erik Tietig | Advancements in the Use of Miracle Fruit for the Treatment of
Taste Alterations in Oncology Patients

April 10, 2017 | Noel Ramos | Coffee

May 8, 2017 | John Coldwell, The Urban Beekeepers Apiary Supply & Management | Beekeeping and Pollination Benefits of Bees

July 10, 2017 | Craig Morell | The Kampong and its Role as a Center For Rare Fruits &
Dr. Fairchild's Role in Exploring for New Species and Varieties

August 14, 2017 | Dr. Matt Snow | Growing, Fruiting and Harvesting Jackfruit

August 19, 2017 | Class by David Harold & Karim Rossy | Air Layering Part I

September 11, 2017 | Marsha Eisenberg | Heirloom Tomatoes

October 9, 2017 | OPEN MOVIE NIGHT | TBD, possibly 'Seeds'

November 4, 2017 | Class by Margaret Basile | Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds

November 13, 2017 | Dr Peter Steele | Medicinal Gardening in South Florida

December 2, 2017 | Class by Margaret Basile | Vegetable Cooking

December 11, 2017 | RFVC Annual Member Holiday Party + Potluck


2016

January 11, 2016 | Noel Ramos | Mangos of South Florida

February 8, 2016 | Chris Rollins | Success with Tropicals in South Florida

March 14, 2016 | Jim Stribling | Fruit and Spice Park Master Plan

April 11, 2016 | Mike Winterstein | USDA-ARS Miami Mangos

April 23, 2016 | Annual Spring Plant Sale | Day 1

April 24, 2016 | Annual Spring Plant Sale | Day 2

May 9, 2016 | Matt Snow | Lychees & Longans

June 13, 2016 | RFVC Annual End of Season Party | 

July 11, 2016 | Harry Hausman | Mangos

August 8, 2016 | Julian Lara, Lara Farms | Mamey Sapotes

September 12, 2016 | Dylan Terry, Ready to Grow Gardens | Grow Vegetable & Herbs

September 17, 2016 | Class by Margaret Basile at 208 | Hands on Gardening

October 10, 2016 | Har Madeem | Plant Nutrition

October 22, 2016 | FALL PLANT SALE | Day 1

October 23, 2016 | FALL PLANT SALE | Day 2 

November 12, 2016 | Class by Sal Ottenwalder at 208 | Air Layering Part II

November 14, 2016 | Mike Hechart, Wicked Mike's | Hot Peppers

December 12, 2016 | RFVC Annual Member Holiday Party + Potluck


2015

February 2, 2015 | Julian Lara, Lara Farms | Tropical Fruit Growers Association
Various Seasonal Fruits - Papayas, Black Sapote + more TBA.

March 9, 2015 | Noel Ramos | The Amazing Artocarpus Fruits (Jaks and Breadfruits)

April 6, 2015 | Har Mahdeem | The Sapotaceae Family (Sapodilla, Caimito, Mamey Sapote, Miracle Fruit, Green Sapote, Abiu)

April 24, 2015 | Annual Spring Sale | Day 1

April 25, 2015 | Annual Spring Sale | Day 2

May 4, 2015 | Matt Snow | Pitayas

June 1, 2015 | RFVC Annual End of Season Party 

July 6, 2015 | Murray Corman, Garden of Delights | Tropical Fruits of the Caribbean

August 10, 2015 | Jonathan Crane | Myanmar’s Emerging Avocado Industry + A Tropical Fruit Tour

September 14, 2015 | Kevin Quigley of Criswell Farms | Winter Vegetable Garden

October 12, 2015 | Rob Carew & Rose Butman | Irrigation 101

November 9, 2015 | Chari Blissett-Clark, Florida Bat Conservancy | Bats

December 14, 2015 | RFVC Annual Holiday Party 


2014

January 6, 2014 | Dr. John Pipoly | Extension Service Update and Current Plant Pests.

January 25, 2014 | Crafton Cliff | Members Grafting Class

February 3, 2014 | Dr. Matthew Snow | Avocados

March 3, 2014 | Mango Movie Night | The Fruit Hunters w/ Bill Pullman and notable local Mango Kings

April 7, 2014 | Supreme Growers | Organic Gardening Products

May 5, 2014 | Rose Bechard-Butman, Master Gardener | Pruning of Tropical Fruit Trees

June 2, 2014 | RFVC End of Year Party | Plus: Harold Morgenstern's Birthday Party

July 7, 2014 | Whole Foods Cooking with Mangos

August 4, 2014 | Har Madeem | Soursops and Related Fruit

September 3, 2014 | John Herring | Bee Keeping

October 16, 2014 | Farmer Jay | Vegetable Gardening


2013

February 4, 2013 | Marcus Thomson, Permaculture Miami - Sustainability | Urban Gardening

April 1, 2013 | Noel Ramos | Puerto Rico Safari #2 Summer 2012

April 4, 2013 | Adrian Hunsberger, UF Urban Horticulture | Tropical Fruit Tree Pests

May 6, 2013 | Erik Tietig, Pine Island Nursery | New tropical fruits and cultivars in production in South Florida

June 6, 2013 | RFVC Annual End of Season Party

July 1, 2013 | Carlos Balerdi, Retired Extension Agent, Miami-Dade County | All About Mammeys

August 5, 2013 | Bob Brennan, Arborist, Fairchild Tropical Gardens | Fruit Tree Pruning for Hurricane Season

September 9, 2013 | Harr Mahdeem | Annonas

October 7, 2013 | Elain Farquarson | Tomatoes

November 4, 2013 | Jessica McLeary | Canning

December 2, 2013 | RFVC Annual Member Holiday Potluck + Party | Taking place at Treetops Park


2012

January 4, 2012 | Short Movie | Lychee Thieves  + guest from Battens Farmers Market Agri-Tourism Center

February 6, 2012 | Noel Ramos | Tropical Fruit Safari from Puerto Rico

March 5, 2012 | Gene Joyner, ‘Plant Doctor’ | Pests and Nutritional Problems

April 2, 2012 | Murray Corman, Garden of Delights | Plant Toxicities

May 7, 2012 | Bill Mee | Lychees

June 7, 2012 | RFVC Annual End of Season Party 

July 7, 2012 | Harry Hausman | Mangos

September 5, 2012 | Steve Cucura, Owner of Fruitscapes, Inc. | Tropical Fruits of Pine Island

October 2, 2012 | Dr. Richard Campbell, Senior Curator at Fairchild Tropical Gardens | Best Tropical Plants + Fruits for Broward County

October 6, 2012 | Margaret Basile | Winter Vegetable Gardening

November 5, 2012 | Chris Rollins, Director, Fruit & Spice Park | Tropical Vegetables.

December 3, 2012 | RFVC Annual Member Holiday Potluck + Party 

 

 

Classes + Events

 

Throughout the year we host on site workshops to teach members about methods to propogate, grow, care for rare tropical plants/trees. Classes are free for members or $35 for non-members. To register for a class, email davidjharold@bellsouth.net.

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