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.
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.
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
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.
Mail to: Paulette Johnson/Rare Fruit Conference
8951 SW 52 Street Miami, FL 33165
For information contact
Fruit & Spice Park Manager,
305-242-7934 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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