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MIAMI FRUIT & SPICE PARK : Rare Fruit Conference 2014








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The Rare Fruit Conference has been held a dozen times at the Fruit & Spice Park since its conception in 1984. 







It features visits to botanical gardens, research stations and programs on rare tropical fruit. 






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Rare Fruit Conference Highlights Tours: Florida Key Fruit Safari – This tour will visit the historic Grimal Estate, famous for its rare tropical fruit trees, an 80 year old sapodilla grove and native plant habitats of the Florida Keys. 





 USDA-ARS-SHRS, National Germplasm Repository – This active USDA Station conducts agricultural research and maintains collection of important fruit crops. 




Visit a mango breeding program. 



 The Kampong, National Botanical Garden – this magnificent historic garden was the home of Dr. David Fairchild and is now part of the National Botanical Garden. 




 TREC, University of Florida, Homestead – Part of the University of Florida the exciting research station has been involved with agricultural research and experimentation for many years. 




 Montgomery Botanical Center - A nonprofit botanic garden established in 1959, Montgomery Botanical Center keeps living specimens from wild plant populations worldwide. Emphasizing palms and cycads. 







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The 120-acre botanical site is a garden of exemplary design and great beauty. 




 The Fruit & Spice Park, operated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, grows more than 500 varieties of sub-tropical fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables and nuts from around the world on 39 lush acres in the agricultural Redland.





 The park offers daily botanical tours, fruit tasting and workshops. 






 Presentations & Tastings




 “Mango Tasting” by Crafton Clift 


“Developing the Farmer Chef Relations in Hawaii” by Ken Love



 “Myrciaria/Plinia Species” by Adam Shafran 



“Wilson Popenoe, The Original Indiana Jones” by Juanita Popenoe




 “Fruit Parks of Japan” by Ken Love 



“34 Years at the Fruit & Spice Park” by Chris Rollins





 Conference Fees 



i.Full Event Fee per participant: $150.00



 ii.Weekend Fee: $100.00 


iii.Student (must show valid School ID): $75.00 



iv.Make Checks Payable to: TFVSR (Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Society of the Redland) 




Preregistration: Dr. Paulette Johnson v.




Email: paulet37@bellsouth.net 




Mail to: Paulette Johnson/Rare Fruit Conference

8951 SW 52 Street Miami, FL 33165 







 For information contact 


Chris Rollins, 

Fruit & Spice Park Manager, 


305-242-7934 or rollins@miamidade.gov 






To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848









At Fruit & Spice Park from Jul 09, 2014, 9:00:am to Jul 13, 2014, 5:00:pm - Special Events - Details











http://www.fruitandspicepark.org/





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