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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.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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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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June 21, 2018–Dr. Ann McMullian, Professor, IRSC

Our speaker this month is Dr. Ann McMullian, professor and department chair at the Agricultural Department of Indian River State College, Pruitt campus in PSL. She grew up in Surinam and is knowledgeable in tropical fruits. Anke will speak about … Continue reading

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