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President's Message


On behalf on the RFC Board, we are hopeful all is well with you and your family during these unprecedented times. As you all may know, Mounts Botanical Gardens - our designated meeting place has been closed, out of an abundance of caution. The closure has caused a disconnect in our regular meetings.

We are currently working on having Virtual Meetings beginning this Friday, May 8th.  It is our intent to reconnect with as many of you as earthly possible. In the next few days you will receive a request to confirm your email and cell phone number. This will ensure you receive the conference call and/or video link for the 2020 Mango Update with Mr. Alex Salazar, Proprietor of Tropical Acres Farm & Mango Guru.

This timely presentation is essential since many early varieties are coming to maturity and certainly there maybe issues needing to be addressed. Unfortunately, we will not get to see each of you in person nor the ability to accommodate the plant auction. However, we will be able to answer you questions.

Those of us still employed and working from home are truly grateful to have opportunities to get outside and engage with Mother Nature! Perhaps, your fruit trees are bearing and require only minimal care.  Now is a great time to consider planting herbs! 

There are many herbs able to handle full sun & spring humidity. For example any of the following:

Lemongrass- is caffeine free! In a tea, it may assist with digestion by reducing bacteria and yeast. This process metabolic process eliminates bloating and flatulence. There are some claims this herb relieves pain, swelling, decreases fever, minimizes cough & flu symptoms, improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels as well as said to have antioxidant properties. It is also delightful in Thai dishes such as soups or sauces.

African Thyme- also known as Cuban Oregano, Bush Tea is one of those multifaceted herbs. It is excellent chopped in rice, beans, soups, salsas and maybe infused in oils. Thyme may boost one's immune system and mood. There are reports it is a disinfectant, has antiseptic and antifungal components. It is used in mouthwash for bad breath, vanish to prevent cavities and applied to the scalp to treat baldness.

Summer Savory- helps to reduce the bad cholesterol LDL and increases the good cholesterol HDL simultaneously. It is filled with essential minerals, vitamins and aids in stress relieving neurotransmitters in the brain.

Borage- Researchers suggest this herb is helpful to address hormonal issues associated with kidney insufficiency. It may alleviate inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, decrease symptoms of asthma, upper respiratory difficulties and used as a sedative.

An Assortment of Super food Mints- Peppermint Teas is ideal for stomach pain, gas, bloating and overall irritable bowel syndrome. It is known to improve brain function such as memory & alertness as well as cold/flu discomfort.

These are just a few herbs to consider adding to your garden or small farm.

Hope to Reconnect with You Soon!

Happy Planting,


Debra Marcelle-Coney, Ph.D.

RFC President 

Upcoming Public Events

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

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









                            Palm Beach Rare Fruit Council



                                       & 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 or delivery 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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