Rare Fruit Council International (RFCI), Miami meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG), in Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County.

Meetings consist of a FRUITLUCK tasting table, a seed and plant exchange, and an educational program with guest speakers and slide presentations devoted to tropical pomology.

Members have the opportunity to share and taste their favorite fruits and desserts of fruits in season at our monthly RFCI Members’ FRUITLUCK tasting table, prior to the evening’s program at 8:00 pm. JOIN US / MEMBER FORM. Members are encouraged to help the Council fulfill their nutritional requirements by bringing dishes to share. Plants, seedlings, & seeds are also welcomed for our Plant & Seed Exchange conducted at our monthly meetings.  

RFCI meetings convene at FTBG’s Burns Science Building in the DiMare Science Village Classroom, beside Wings of the Tropics butterfly conservatory & the Bill & Angela Whitman Fruit Pavilion. Use old south entrance by the Sunken Garden.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida 33156 (South Parking Lot)

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Speakers & Programs

January 8, 2020 – Dr. Alan H. Chambers “Vanilla in Southern Florida: Conservation, Commercial Production, & Breeding New Cultivars” (UF TREC, Miami-Dade, Florida)

February 12, 2020 – Mike Winterstein “Updates on Research at USDA – ARS-SHRS & GRIN Global” (Subtropical Horticulture Research, Miami-Dade, Florida)

March 11, 2020 – Adrian Hunsberger “The Best Treatments for Fruit Tree Pests” (UF IFAS, Miami-Dade, Florida)

April 8, 2020 – Ian Wolinsky “Organic Gardening Guidelines” (The Gourmet Gardeners, Broward, Florida)

May 13, 2020 – Shari Blissett-Clark “Bats & Gardens: A Natural Connection” (Florida Bat Conservancy, Merritt Island, Florida)

June 10, 2020 – Dr. Geoffrey Meru “Pumpkins & Calabazas” (UF IFAS / TREC, Miami-Dade, Florida) Seed distribution for members only.

July 8, 2020 – Chantelle Sookram “Preparation of Fruits and Vegetables” 

August 12, 2020 – John Coldwell “Beekeeping in South Florida” (Urban Beekeepers Aviary Supply & Management Co., Oakland Park, Florida)

September 9, 2020 – Har Mahdeem “How to Properly Spray Fruit Trees” (Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International, Florida)

October 14, 2020 – Marsha Eisenberg “Tomatoes” (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)

November 11, 2020 – Open Board Meeting – Thanksgiving Dinner – Members are encouraged to bring a dish, accompaniment side, backyard fruits, soup, casseroles, beverages etc.

December 9, 2020 – Holiday Party – Members are encouraged to bring a dish, accompaniment side, backyard fruits, soup, casseroles, beverages etc.