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Established in 1970, we are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and furthering the cultivation and use of tropical and rare fruit in South Florida and throughout the world.


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Next Meeting

September 9th, 7:00PM 

Speaker: Matt Trask


Topic: Mangos and Mead

Matt Trask is a Computer Engineer and technology aficionado since the invention of the Personal Computer in 1976.  In 1986 he created the first Virtual Machine software to run on 80386-based PCs.  He is a serial entrepreneur, having started numerous  companies in both computer technology and other areas. He arrived in Florida in 2003 aboard his sailing catamaran, Chat D’Eau, and worked the South Florida waterfront as a sea captain for a number of years.


               Best known for many years as a college dropout since 1983, Matt returned to college in 2018 at the Florida Atlantic University College of Engineering and graduated Summa Cum Laude in December of 2019.  During this time he was a researcher in the FAU Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Lab, an AI research facility where he provides engineering backup to the data scientists. In December of 2021 Matt completed a Master of Education Leadership, Adult and Community Education at the FAU College of Education.  His ongoing work in Robotics and AI is also focused on applications of such technologies in food production.


                Matt was raised in a family with seven children so the family garden was an important part of family nutrition in addition to being an interesting learning opportunity.  His main area of interest is fruit trees and honey bees, now focused mostly on Mangos.  His yard in West Boca Raton has 25 Mango trees, 21 of which are located in whiskey barrel-sized containers, with the other four in the ground.


NOTE: We will start meeting @ 7pm


For more information, please contact Roxanne Cumberland, RFC President - President@pbrarefruitcouncil.org or call (855) 732-7273. 

We hope to see and connect with you soon, stay safe!



President's Message September 2022

Palm Beach Chapter of Rare Fruit Council International

Dear RFC Members,


The next meeting in person will be at the Mounts Auditorium at 7:00 on Friday, September 9. Join us for the presentation by Matt Trask and his topic is “Mangoes and Mead”.

Our Volunteer Appreciation Party was a huge success. We had lots of fun and good food. Thanks to Marianne, Petra, Jeannie and the others who helped out.

Also, we have scheduled an Ice Cream Social for September 24. Save your fruit pulp in 2 cup portions in the freezer. Bring your fruit to us at the next meeting.

It is time for the election of the board for the following term. Be prepared to cast your ballot on September 9.

We are planning a trip to the Kampong on December 1. See Marianne to sign up and pay the entry fee. $10 for seniors.

Please bring your plants for the auction, seeds for the exchange and fruit or baked goods for the tasting table.


See you soon,


Roxanne Cumberland

 Our next meeting is at the Mounts Auditorium on July 8Th at 7:00.


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                            Palm Beach Rare Fruit Council

   

         FERTILIZER, GRAFTING SUPPLIES & COCONUT OPENERS

                        are available at our Monthly Meetings

 

            Members in need of the Special Rare Fruit Council blend of

                   "Fruitilizer" may contact 1st VP Mark Porter.

 

            Mark will bring a limited number of bags to our regular meeting 

            or you can arrange for pickup at his farm site in the Acreage.

                                   

            For special pickup options please call Mark Porter at:

                  +1 (855) RFC-RARE / +1 (855) 732-7273 option 3

                   to be directly connected and/or to leave a message.

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