Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Long-term MRFC member Wayne Clifton passed away on June 19 after a long illness. Honoring his family’s request, the MRFC has sent a donation to the Tidewell Hospice branch in Ellenton in lieu of
flowers. In next month’s newsletter we plan to feature remembrances of Wayne and his many contributions to the MRFC and to fruit tree horticulture in our region. We ask those who wish
to contribute to send your written appreciation of Wayne to either Pete Robertson  or Darryl McCullough .

Thursday, June 20, 2019

July 2019 meeting - Sean Moore - Green Leaf Worm Farm


Join us Monday, July 8th 2019 at 7 PM Sean Moore - Greem Leaf Worm Farm


Harlee Building/County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221


Nine years ago, Sean Moore started Green Leaf Worm Farm in Port Charlotte where he grows tropical worms to make worm castings and worm tea. Much of what he does is education, whether it's through the farmers's markets from Sarasota to Fort Myers, speaking to garden club or traveling all over Florida to plant related events. Sean has helped many of the community gardens  and garden clubs to understand  the value of worms and worm castings in growing healthy plants without chemicals. Many times he has helped set up worm farms for individuals and showed them how to maintain a worm farm. He has also invested in the future by explaining to kids from pre-school to high school how important worms are to a sustainable planet.  

http://www.greenleafwormfarm.com
https://www.facebook.com/GreenLeafWormFarm/

First time visitors are welcome to check out a meeting for free - Family memberships to the club are only $12 annually. You can join at the meeting.This is a great way to meet other growers and learn more about growing and propagating subtropical/tropical fruit trees.

There will be the usual plant raffle and tasting table. We welcome donations of edible plants and fruit for the raffle and fruit dishes for the tasting table. Donors will receive a free ticket for the raffle. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased before the presentation.

Monday, May 20, 2019

MRFC June 2019 Meeting - Har Mahdeem “Making Annona Hybrids”


Join us Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7 PM for Har Mahdeem's presentation on Making Annona Hybrids


Harlee Building/County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221


Har has an entire lifetime of experience with tropical fruit. He grew up in the Amazon region consuming rare jungle fruits and later worked with the famous Zill nursery on their Annona breeding program and various germplasm collection trips.

Har currently owns a tropical fruit grove and dooryard consulting business specializing in plant nutrition, pruning, grafting/top working and education.

First time visitors are welcome to check out a meeting for free - Family memberships to the club are only $12 annually. You can join at the meeting.This is a great way to meet other growers and learn more about growing and propagating subtropical/tropical fruit trees.

There will be the usual plant raffle and tasting table. We welcome donations of edible plants and fruit for the raffle and fruit dishes for the tasting table. Donors will receive a free ticket for the raffle. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased before the presentation.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Rare Fruit Tree Sale - May 19th - Doors open at 10am



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  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking
  • 22 Vendors/Over 5000 plants
  • Air-conditioned
  • Expert Advice
  • Loading Assistance Thanks to the Myakka Allstock 4H Club
We will have a wide variety of citrus, unusual tropical fruit trees, bushes & vines 
as well as herbs, spices, fertilizer, and more!






Thursday, May 2, 2019

May 2019 Meeting Fruit Tree Sale info/training/pre

What: MRFC May 2019 Meeting - Fruit Tree Sale info meeting


When: Monday, May 13th, 2019
7pm

Where:  Harlee Building/County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221


Our next monthly meeting is Monday, May 13th at 7pm, where we'll talk about our Annual Fruit Tree Sale, with an overview and some early training so that all runs smoothly on the day of the sale.


For more information about our 31st Annual Fruit Tree Sale on Sunday May 19thclick here.


There will be the usual plant raffle and tasting table. We welcome donations of edible plants and fruit for the raffle and fruit dishes for the tasting table. Donors will receive a free ticket for the raffle. Additional tickets can be purchased.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

MRFC April 2019 Meeting - Spencer Salser - Figs



What: MRFC April 2019 Meeting - 
Spencer Salser - Figs

When: Monday, April 8, 2019
7pm

Where:  Harlee Building/County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221

 Spencer Salser will be our speaker for the April meeting.  Spencer will be speaking on Figs. Spencer has been a long time member of our club, he has been president and is one of our tree sale vendors

There will be the usual plant raffle and tasting table. We welcome donations of edible plants and fruit for the raffle and fruit dishes for the tasting table. Donors will receive a free ticket for the raffle. Additional tickets can be purchased.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Rare Fruit Tree Sale - May 19th, 2019 - Bradenton Area Convention Center



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  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking
  • 22 Vendors/Over 5000 plants
  • Air-conditioned
  • Expert Advice
  • Loading Assistance Thanks to the Myakka Allstock 4H Club
We will have a wide variety of citrus, unusual tropical fruit trees, bushes & vines 
as well as herbs, spices, fertilizer, and more!






Saturday, February 23, 2019

March 2019 Meeting - Kevin Lausman of Suncoast Beekeepers


What: MRFC March 2019 Meeting - Kevin Lausman of Suncoast Beekeepers

When: Monday, March 11th, 2019

Where:  Harlee Building/County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221

Kevin Lausman of Suncoast Beekeepers will speak on honey bees and their many necessary benefits.  He is extremely knowledgeable and is a Master Beekeeper which is a minimum of 5 years training thru University of Florida .  He is also a Welch Honey Judge and judges shows thru out the US.

There will be the usual plant raffle and tasting table. We welcome donations of edible plants and fruit for the raffle and fruit dishes for the tasting table. Donors will receive a free ticket for the raffle. Additional tickets can be purchased.

Monday, January 14, 2019

February 2019 Meeting - Keith Zimmerman - Edible Palms


What: MRFC February 2019 Meeting - Keith Zimmerman - Edible Palms


When: Monday, February 11th, 2019

Where:  Harlee Building/County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221

February’s speaker will be Keith Zimmerman on edible palms. Keith is a palm expert and obsessive as well as a med student. He has also generously donated three different coconut palm cultivars for Palma Sola which are currently being grown out.

There will be the usual plant raffle and tasting table. We welcome donations of edible plants and fruit for the raffle and fruit dishes for the tasting table. Donors will receive a free ticket for the raffle. Additional tickets can be purchased.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Pete Robertson (incoming President) and Josh Starry (outgoing President) speaking about the fruit tree exhibit at Palma Sola Park

The next monthly meeting is Monday, January 14th at 7pm, featuring Pete Robertson (incoming President) and Josh Starry (outgoing President) speaking about the fruit tree exhibit at Palma Sola Park.   Please note: this meeting will be held at Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. NW, Bradenton, Florida 34209


Finally... it's time to pay your annual dues.  It's easy to pay online... or bring a check to the next meeting.

Click here for more information about dues and the next meeting at MRFC.ORG.  (Click the "Join" link toward the top of the page to renew online)