June 20, 2019 – Mike Meier; Ground Floor Farm

Mike Meier is the co-founder and head farmer of Ground Floor Farm in downtown Stuart, FL. A Stuart native, Mike moved back to his hometown in 2013 from the New York area, where he was the farm manager of Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest soil-based rooftop farm company, in Brooklyn and Queens, and then co-founder and field manager of Seven Arrows Farm in Locust, NJ. Mike is an urban farming pioneer, focusing on developing small profitable farm models and working to help change food culture to value local, seasonal, appropriate, sustainable foods.

Plant auction: TCRFC members (only) can bring up to 3 plants, preferably something that fruits or is edible. Anyone can bring something for the raffle. Again the preference is edible plants or garden related items.

Be sure to stop by our annual “Taste of the Tropics” and plant sale on June 15, 9 am to 1 pm at the PSL Botanical Garden (map on the right)
Members: if you can bring fruit, help cut fruit, answer questions or just be your charming self, please stop by starting around 8 to set up, or closer to the end to help clean up, or sometime between.

Instead of spending too much internet time following the crazy news, explore our web site a bit. From the menu tabs above, check out some of the videos. One is on “Lychee culture”, which gives another answer to one of the May meeting questions: how to get more Lychee fruit. Also, under “Q&A”, more details about fertilizing mangos.

FYI: Our parent organization, the original Florida tropical rare fruit group, the Rare Fruit Council International, Inc. is having a celebration of one of their original founders (in 1955). Bill Whitman Day & Longan Celebration will be held at the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead on Saturday June 8, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Speaking of other fruit clubs, click the “Links” tab at the top of our webpage and look under “Florida Rare Fruit Clubs” for a new map showing the locations around the state.

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May 16, 2019 – Jeff Schorner; Al’s Family Farms

Our speaker in May is Jeff Schorner from Al’s Family Farms in Fort Pierce at the corner of N. King’s Hwy and Angle Road. Jeff will be speaking about growing oranges. In addition, he will have just returned from Vidalia, GA, so he will talk about that variety of onions (which he grows here). Jeff will also bring his son Matthew, just returned from South Africa where he has studied their citrus agricultural practices.
Our meetings include an educational program, a plant auction, plant raffle, and a tasting table of fruit in season. Bring any extra fruit from your garden to share and give people a chance to experience new tastes and know what fruit they might want to grow.

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Tropical fruit farm for sale

Have you dreamed of owning a tropical fruit farm?
Open House Saturday 4/27 12:00-3:00.
A few years ago, several of our club members toured this lychee grove in Indiantown with Rosemary Caspary’s Treasure Coast Homesteading group.

Note that even if you don’t want a whole farm, you can get fresh lychees from them soon.

Hello! Friends

Our 14 acre lychee grove with 3/2 house is for sale in Indiantown, FL. We really need help marketing our farm to the right people…. tropical fruit lovers, like you! This is a great property to live on and manage an established grove whose trees are starting to produce beautifully. Feel free to spread the word and know that our fruit will be available for purchase at $4.00 per pound starting at the end of May!
I wanted to let you know that we are having an Open House this Saturday, April 27 from 12:00 – 3:00. Please spread the word if anyone you know may be interested. Here is our website with pictures and video:
https://shortjoel.wixsite.com/website

Thanks!!

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April 18, 2019 – Christian Miller; Fruit tree problems

Our speaker in April is Christian Miller, Vegetable and Tropical Fruit Extension Agent, Palm Beach County–Common Fruit Tree Issues and How to Avoid Them
UPDATE: PDF of the presentation.

Please bring any extra fruit or other treats for our tasting table, and any interesting plants or something garden-related for the raffle.
Members can bid on or bring up to 3 plants for our auction.

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Citrus Greening Control – Spring 2019

Tamarixia radiataThose who participated last summer in the Tamarixia radiata wasp release program for homeowners with citrus will be contacted directly. If you did not participate last year, you can do so now.

As you may know, Tamarixia radiata is a biological control for the Asian Citrus Psyllid, which is the insect that transmits the bacterium that causes huanglongbing (HLB) or Citrus Greening Disease.

UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Extension is working in cooperation with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the Division of Plant Industry (DPI) and is once again offering a program for residents who have dooryard citrus trees and would like to help employ this control method of HLB.

Pick up of wasps will be Friday April 26, 2019 at the St. Lucie County Extension office from 9am to 1pm.  The office is located at 8400 Picos Road Fort Pierce.

Please contact Kate if you are interested in receiving wasps and how many citrus trees you have on your property. You must email or call Kate Rotindo with information/confirmation in order to receive wasps on the pick up day! Cut off day for signing up to receive wasps is April 18th.

Kate Rotindo
Urban Horticulture Extension Agent
UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Extension
8400 Picos Road, Suite 101
Fort Pierce, Fl 34945
Tel: (772) 462-1609
Fax (772) 462-1510
Email: krotindo@ufl.edu
http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu

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March 21, 2019 – Paula Smith, tropical fruit grower

Paula Smith has been a Martin County Master Gardener for 34 years. She and her husband Ira (see our 11/15/18 meeting) grow tropical fruit and vegetables as a way of life on their two acre plot in West Stuart. Paula is an RN, a mother of three and grandmother of three beautiful little girls. She will be speaking on her work with the Indiantown Community Garden.

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February 21, 2019 – Ann Marie Gray of Pinder’s

Our speaker this month is Ann Marie Gray from Pinder’s Nursery in Palm City near Stuart. She will speak on edible flowers, herbs and give a demonstration of planting edible containers. She will also bring attractive edible plants from the nursery if people want to buy.

Please bring any extra fruit or other edibles for our tasting table, any interesting plants or something garden related for the raffle. How about easy to start cuttings of edible plants like chaya, edible hibiscus, cassava (yuca, tapioca), Okinawa / Cholesterol spinach, etc. [Links to more information on these & other tropical greens.]
Members can bid on or bring up to 3 plants for our auction.

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