Previous Speakers

Previous Speakers

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Erik Tietig, Vice President, Pine Island Nursery Inc.
Topic: New Fruits and Varieties in Production at Pine Island Nursery


SPEAKER: August 8th, 2012
Noris Ledesman, Curator of Tropical Fruit, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Topic: Jackfruit and Mango pruning


SPEAKER: July 11th, 2012
Tomas Ayala-Silva, Ph.D. (left person in photo)
Horticulture Curator at the USDA Research Center – Chapman Field
Topic: Laurel Wilt of Avocado


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Bob Brennan, Arborist, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Topic: Hurricane Pruning for your Fruit Trees


SPEAKER: May 9th, 2012
Noel Ramos, Fruit Hunter from Coral Springs, FL
Topic: The Amazing Artocarpus, Jakfruits, Breadfruit and the others!


SPEAKER: April 11, 2012
Dr. Jonathan Crane, UF/IFAS/Tropical Fruit Crops Specialist, http://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/crane/
Topic: – Avocado & Annona


SPEAKER: March 14, 2012
Donna Fries, Water Use Efficiency Section Manager
Topic: – Water Use Efficiency, Best Management Practices (BMPs)


SPEAKER: Janruary 9th, 2012
Marcus Thomson, Permaculture Miami
Topic: “Permaculture techniques for growing tropical fruits and vegetables in South Florida”
Permaculture Miami Website: http://permaculturemiami.com


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Noel Ramos, Fruit Hunter
Topic: “Puerto Rico Fruit Safari”


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Jeff Wasielewski, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Topic: The Mighty Mango, the King of All Tropical Fruit This talk will cover the pruning, fertilization, harvesting, planting and cultivar selection of the world’s most coveted fruit.


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Dr. Matt Snow, RFCI President
Topic: Lychee and Longan Culture


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Kia Dickson, RFCI member
Topic: Sunergy___”Life Force Fuel” for LIVING BODIES


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Bob Brennan, Arborist, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Topic: Hurricane Pruning for your Fruit Trees


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Susan Maguire
Topic: Medieval Garden


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Dr. Matt Snow
Topic: Spring grafting workshop


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Noris Ledesma – Website – Click Here
Topic: Propagating Tropical Fruits (powerpoint presentation and a demo)


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SPEAKER: February 9th, 2011
Dr. Richard J. Campbell – Website – Click Here
Topic: For the love of Mangos


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SPEAKER: January 13th, 2011
Lynda LaRocca.
Topic: Destination Australia

 


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Speaker for November 10th, 2010:
Chris Rollins, Director of the Fruit & Spice Park
Topic: Lesser known tropical fruits for your backyard.

 


Speaker for October 13th, 2010:
Open Board Meeting

 


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Speaker for September, 8th, 2010:
Dr. Matthew Snow
Topic: Dragon Fruit: An Overview

 


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Speaker for August, 11th, 2010, Oct. 14th, 2009, July 8th, 2009
Adrian Hunsberger, Urban Horticulture Agent , University of Florida / Miami-Dade County Extension, Topic: Your Plants

 


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Speaker for July, 14th, 2010:
Bob Brennan, “Arborist” Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Topic: Pruning for hurricane season

 


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Speaker for June, 9th, 2010:
Erik Tietig of Pine Island Nursery – www.tropicalfruitnursery.com
Topic: Topic: New Fruits for south Florida

 


SPEAKER May 12th, 2010:
Lanette Sobel of the Fertile Earth Foundation,
Topic: “Vermytechnology and Fruit Trees”

 


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SPEAKER: April 14th, 2010
Clyde Stephens,
Topic: “THE BANANA STORY”

 


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SPEAKER: March 14th, 2010
Jim McMaster of Outreach Education for the Friends of the Everglades,
Topic: “Everglades restoration and our water supply”

 


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SPEAKER: Feb. 10th, 2010
Dr. Carlos Balardi,
Topic: “Mamey, Annonas and Jakfruit”

 


SPEAKER: Jan. 13th, 2010
Philiip L. Vonk,
Topic: “The History of Chocolate”

 


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SPEAKER: September 9th, 2009
Glen Ivie (RFCI Member)
Topic: World of the Maya.

 


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SPEAKER: August 12th, 2009
Lynda LaRocca.
Topic: Brazil-A Glimpse of the Pantanal

 


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SPEAKER: June 10th, 2009
Warren Condon, RFCI Member,
Topic: Thailand

 


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SPEAKER: May 13th, 2009
Chris Rollins, Director of the Fruit & Spice Park
Topic: Minor Fruits. He is a past President of the Rare Fruit Council.

 


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SPEAKER: April 8th, 2009
Dr Jonathan Crane,
Topic: Redbay Ambrosia beetle & Laurel Wilt Fungus on Avocados

 


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SPEAKER: March 11th, 2009
Dr. Matthew Snow
Topic: “Hands On Grafting Workshop”

 


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SPEAKER: February 11th, 2009
Jeff Wasielewski
Topic: Mango Care in the Home Garden

 


SPEAKER: January 14th, 2009
David McLean
Topic: Medicinal Plants

 


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SPEAKER: October 8th, 2008
Dr. Carol Horwitz, University of Miami
Topic: Gifford Arboretum, (saved from being a parking lot) A collection of Fruit and Flowering trees and unusual plants. All on the U of M campus.

 


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Speaker: September 10, 2008
Dr. Tomas Ayala Silva, Curator of the Miami USDA
Topic: Fruits of the Miami USDA, Mayaguez, P.R. and Hawaii

 


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Speaker: July 9, 2008
Dr. Matthew Snow
Topic: Growing Tips On Longans

 


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Speaker: June 11, 2008
Morgan Levy (South Dade Soil & Water Conservation District. )
http://www.southdadeswcd.org/
Topic: Saving $, soil & water in groves and garden – In Vessel Composting

 


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Speaker: November 14th, 2007
Crafton Cliff
Topic: A apple a day keeps the doctor away. (Tropical version.)

 


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Speaker: July 11th, 2007
Noris Ledesma, Curator of Tropical Fruit Fairchild Tropical Garden, William’s Grove, Homestead, FL
Topic: Mangoes she found on her recent trip to India

 


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Speaker: May 9th, 2007
Har Mahdeem
Topic:Annona

 


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Speaker: April, 11th 2007
Noel Ramos

 


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Speaker: March, 14th 2007
Dr. Robert McMillan, Plant Pathologist – Kerry’s Bromeliads Nursery & Emeritus Faculty UF/IFAS/TREC

 


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Speaker: Ferbuary 14th 2007
Crafton Cliff

 


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Speaker: Jan. 10th, 2007
Murray Corman – Garden of Delights – http://www.gardenofdelights.com/

 


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Speaker: November 8th 2006
Carlos Balerdi, – Tropical Fruit Agent, Multi-County – retired

 


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Speaker: October 11, 2006
Dr. Ray Rafie, Agriculture Development Agent