Rare Fruit Conference 2014
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
- 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
Mail to: Paulette Johnson/Rare Fruit Conference
8951 SW 52 Street
Miami, FL 33165
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