Suncoast Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Club

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Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the
Nokomis Community Center
234 East Nippino Trail
FL 34275

Enjoy monthly guest lectures on
tropical fruit, vegetables and related topics, a free tasting table,
plant and seed exchange while enjoying the fellowship of new friends with similar interests

Meetings 2016 Speaker Topic
13 January Andy Firk
Bamboo Grove Oranic Farm
Edible Gingers and Edible Bamboo  pdf
16 January
Trip to Pine Island Botanicals
27 January Members Workshop Meeting Build Your Own Grow Box
presented by Gary Patton
10 February Noris Ledesma, Ph.D.,
Curator of Tropical Fruit Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Pruning and Shaping Mango Trees pdf
Slide Show Presentation pdf 56 pages
24 February Members Workshop Meeting Creating Sustainability in a Small Garden Plot
by Molly Bartlett and Peg Witek
5 March
Spring Tropical Fruit Tree Sale
at the Nokomis Community Center
Information pdf
From 9:00am to 2:00pm
9 March Dr. Jeffrey Williamson,
Professor Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida/IFAS
Blueberries, Blackberries and Olive Trees pdf
Slide Show Presentation pdf 112 pages
23 March Members Workshop Meeting  
13 April Marty Mesh,
Executive Director Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers Association
What's Organic About Organic pdf
Slide Show Presentation pdf 30 pages
11 May Dr. Jonathan Crane,
Tropical Fruit Specialist and Professor of Horticulture, University of Florida/IFAS
Flowering of Tropical Fruit Crops pdf
Slide Show Presentation pdf 75 pages
8 June Adrienne Diaz Growing Edibles in Small Spaces pdf
13 July Laura Reiley Farm to Fable pdf
23 July
Member’s Workshop conducted by Bob Stuhlman Growing and Keeping Citrus Trees Healthy and Productive
From 9:30am to approximately 12:00/12:30pm
10 August Cristina Babiak, M.D.
Homegrown Medicine pdf
14 September Roy Beckford, PhD
County Extension Director
UF/IFAS Lee County Extension
Best Practices for Tropical Fruits in the Southwest Florida Environment pdf
Slide Show Presentation pdf 32 pages
8 October
Tropical Fruit Tree Sale
at the Nokomis Community Center
Information pdf
From 9:00am to 2:00pm
12 October Xin Zhao, PhD
Associate Professor
Organic and Sustainable Vegetable Production
Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida
Vegetable Grafting pdf
9 November Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
What is Old is New Again in the Garden pdf
14 December  Members' Holiday Party  

Meetings 2015 Speaker Topic
14 January Crafton Clift and Berto Silva Survival Foods and Part 2: Unusual and Rare Fruits That Adapted, or may adapt to Cultivation in Florida pdf
Presentation Part B pdf 20 pages
11 February Noris Ledesma, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Growing Tropical Fruits in South Florida pdf
Presentation: Golden Harvest pdf 44 pages
11 March Danny Blank of 12 Seasons Farm Edible Landscaping with an Organic Approach pdf
14 March
Tropical Fruit Tree Sale/Spring Garden Festival
at the Nokomis Community Center
Information pdf
From 9:00am to 2:00pm
30 March Grafting Class at Fairchild Tropical Botanic
Garden conducted by Noris Ledesma
Grafting Class Handout pdf 8 pages
8 April Andy Firk
50 Perennial Vegetables for Florida pdf
25 April
Earth Day 2015 at the Florida House Institute and
Suncoast Science Faulhaber Fab Lab
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities . Food . Free Admission . Free Parking pdf
13 May, Christian Colarusso, Director of Operations Hydroponics and Aquaponics pdf
Slide Show Presentation pdf 27 pages
10 June Dr. Mercy A. Olmstead, Ph.D.
University of Florida - IFAS
Peach, Nectarine, Plum and Grape Specialist
Florida Stone Fruit – A Taste of Summer in the Spring: Production and Challenges pdf
Slide Show Presentention pdf 68 pages
8 July Picnic and Movie at the Community Center (Members Only)  
12 August Dr. Brent Weisman, Ph.D.
Master Beekeeper
University of South Florida Botanical Gardens
Pollination: What Do Bees Get Out of It? pdf
Slide Show Presentation pdf 17 pages
1 September
Fruit Tree Pruning Class conducted by Noris Ledesma and Dr. Richard Campbell
Fairchild Farm, Homestead, FL
Lecture and Hands-on Instruction
Details of the tour pdf: Pruning Seminar at Fairchild Farm, Tour of Verde Community Farm and Market, Lunch at Verde Kitchen
9 September Stephen Brown
University of Florida/IFAS Lee County Extension
Horticultural Program Leader Agent, Commercial and Home Garden Horticulture
Some New and Old Pests of Tropical Fruits and Fruit Trees pdf
10 October
Tropical Fruit Tree Sale Garden Festival
at the Nokomis Community Center
Information pdf
From 9:00am to 2:00pm
14 October Laurel Schiller, Florida Native Plants Nursery
Native Edibles for All
11 November Martin Price, PhD
Served 25 years as ECHO International’s founding Executive Director
Southwest Florida Gardening Through the Three Seasons pdf
9 December Members' Holiday Party  

Meetings 2014 Speaker Topic
8 Jan Stephen Brady How I Manage to Grow 600 Fruit Trees on 2 Acres
12 Feb Erica Klopf
Florida Edible Landscaping
Edible Landscaping for the Home Garden plus
The Grimal Grove, Big Pine Key, Florida
12 Mar Noris Ledesma, Curator of Tropical Fruit, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden For the Love of Mangos
15 Mar Saturday Tropical Fruit Tree Sale at the Nokomis Community Center 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
9 Apr Steve Cucura, Fruitscapes Nursery Drip Irrigation for Fruit Trees in the Florida Home Garden
Speaker notes
14 May Monica Brandies
Florida Gardens website
Growing and Using Herbs and Summer Edibles
20 May Tours of Fairchild Farm and the Fruit and Spice Park  
11 Jun Fitzroy (Roy) Beckford, Lee County Extension Director and Agricultural/Natural Resources Agent, University of Florida/IFAS Understanding Vegetable Garden Insects (Pest and Predators).
Roy Beckford's Presentation notes pdf 53 pages
9 Jul Picnic at the Community Center (Members Only)  
13 Aug Aloe Organics Farm
Aloe Organics: Organic Farming in Memory of Allison Hall Nelson
10 Sep Berto Silva Unusual and Rare Fruits That Adapted or May Adapt to Cultivation in Florida.
Presentation Notes
8 Oct Chris Rollins, Manager, Fruit and Spice Park, Homestead, FL Tropical Vegetables
18 Oct Saturday
Suncoast Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Club Fall Garden Festival We will have our Fall Tropical Fruit Tree Sale/Garden Festival at the Nokomis Community Center from 9:00am - 2:00pm.
Printable Flyer and Plant List
Organic Herb and Vegetable Seed List
Heirloom Vegetable Seed List
12 Nov Peggy Sieburth, PhD
Biological Administrator III
Citrus Germplasm Introduction Program
Bureau of Citrus Budwood Registration
Division of Plant Industry
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
“The Florida Citrus Repository – Creating Citrus for Tomorrow.”
 Peggy Sieburth's Presentation Notes pdf 45 pages
10 Dec Members' Holiday Party  

Meetings 2013 Speaker Topic
January 9th Wayne Clifton Vegetables for Florida
February 13th Crafton Clift The Fruit Hunter
March 13th Steve Cucura of Fruitscapes Nursery Growing Tropical and Sub-Tropical Fruits in South West Florida
March 16th Tropical Fruit Tree Sale At the Nokomis Community Center
April 10th Chef Pouget The Art of French Cooking with Vegetables and Fruits from Your Garden
Menus and Recipes
May 8th Cristina Babiak M.D.
Common Florida Garden Plants with a Purpose
Make Infused Medicine with Herbs
June 12th Dennis Cathcart of Tropiflora
Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay
July 10th Barbara Rendell Fantastic Fermented Foods
Meeting Notes and Recipes
August 14th Stephen Brown, Lee County Extension Director & Horticultural Program Leader, University of Florida/IFAS Some Fruits of Jamacia (and other sufficiently warm locations)
Presentation notes
September 11th Keyvan Antonio Heydari Viva Mango
October 9th Chris Rollins, Manager, Fruit and Spice Park, Homestead, FL Pesticide Free Gardening with Rare and Unusual Fruits and Vegetables for South West Florida
October 19th
Fall Garden Festival Suncoast Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Club The Fall Garden Festival will be at the Nokomis Community Center from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  There will be for sale fruit trees, vegetable plants and more. Printable Flyer.
November 13th An exclusive presentation for members only
We cannot show the film to the public
“A Night at the Movies”, THE FRUIT HUNTERS

An exclusive presentation for members only
December 11th Members' Holiday Party  

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