7:00 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden
2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd
Port St Lucie, FL 34952
It is an honor to have as our speaker this month, conservationist Nathaniel P. Reed.
The topic is The politics of agriculture in Florida.
(CBS Interview on saving the Everglades)
“It is impossible to overstate the contribution Nathaniel Reed has made to transforming the culture of Florida. When he arrived more than six decades ago, Florida was continuing a long-held belief that Florida, its land, water, wildlife, other natural resources with few exceptions, were commodities to be used and disposed of at the will of the current generation of state residents. Nathaniel and a small band of his disciples in less than a decade evolved Florida to a new definition – a treasure for which each generation has a responsibility to protect for future Floridians.” Amazon book review
“Nathaniel Reed received a B.A. from Trinity College in Connecticut and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force military intelligence throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Upon returning to Florida, he became Vice President and then President of the Hobe Sound Company, a real estate and holding company, which owned the Jupiter Island Club. Mr. Reed is best known as the Chairman of the Commission on Florida’s Environmental Future. He also served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in the Nixon and Ford administrations. He is a founding member of the Everglades Foundation and a member of the Board of Hope Rural School, a school for the children of migrant workers. Mr. Reed is a former board member and Vice Chairman of the National Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy, board member of the National Parks & Conservation Association, American Rivers and serves as emeritus on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic Society, Atlantic Salmon Federation and 1000 Friends of Florida, which he helped form.”
• If you have any fruit to spare, or a new recipe you want to share, please bring something for the tasting table.
• Don’t forget to bring items for the raffle table, or seeds for the seed-sharing table.