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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