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January 17, 2019 – David Erickson, CEO of ECHO

If you haven’t visited ECHO near Ft. Meyers, FL: put a tour on your day trip schedule. They have a nursery and shop with edible plants and seeds. But most interesting for our group are the extensive orchard and experimental … Continue reading

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December 20, 2018 Pot Luck Cancelled

Our annual holiday feast this year is Thursday, 12/20 at 7:00 pm at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden Pavilion. UPDATE: Sunday 12/9, we learned that the Botanical Garden will be closed on our meeting night, so we are cancelling … Continue reading

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November 15, 2018–Ira Smith: Annonas

Our speaker this month is Ira Smith, the topic– “The World of Annonas”. Ira Smith is a native Floridian and grew up on Singer Island in the 1950’s when the ocean front was dunes, sea oats and sea grape and … Continue reading

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October 18, 2018–Brian Patterson, Hydroponics

This month we learn from the experience of Brian Patterson, who grows heirloom tomatoes and greens using hydroponics. Brian was born and raised in West Palm Beach and found his passion for farming when he purchased some land in Indiantown, … Continue reading

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September 20, 2018–Ann Nyhuis, Microgreens

Even though everyone in our club is interested in rare tropical fruit, a few members are currently without a place to grow trees. Apartments with no yard, landlords that don’t want any changes, restrictive HOA rules. What to do with … Continue reading

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August 16, 2018–Alex Salazar, Growing Mangos

Alex Salazar grew up in south Florida and has had a long time passion for mangos. In 2011 he founded Tropical Acres Farms, Inc now in West Palm Beach. Over the years he has collected over 250 cultivars of mango, … Continue reading

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July 19, 2018–Mike Winterstein, Subtropical Horticultural Research Station

Mike Winterstein has worked at the USDA Subtropical Horticulture Research Station (SHRS) in Miami since 1994, the last 17 years as an Agricultural Research Technician (essentially a grower who collects and maintains a lot of data). Mike specializes in their … Continue reading

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