WELCOME TO RFCI, TAMPA BAY!

Debra Black and Tom Schaefer talked about RFCI on Mark Govan’s radio show, Florida Gardening, (station 970AM, WFLA) on Sunday, November 19, 2017, from 7 am to 9 am. Thank you Tom and Debra!


Dade City’s Kumquat Festival is January 27, 2018. Just before the festival, you can tour kumquat groves and the Kumquat Growers packing house in St. Joseph. Check the web for more info.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS


December 17, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Christ the King. Holiday Party! Please note the meeting this month falls a week later than normal and starts an hour earlier than our regular meetings.

Our speaker for this meeting will be Charles Novak, past president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International. Charles will talk about tropical fruit tree cold weather protection,  an issue which can be critical if we get an unexpected (and now seemingly rare) cold snap. Bring a dish to share . . . we will have a wonderful feast–and the raffle ticket you receive might just win the plant you’ve always wanted. Also bring a $10 gift for the gift exchange.


February 2018. Citrus Celebration at the Florida State Fair!

March 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Christ the King. Kumquats! with Greg Gude. RESCHEDULED from September 2017. PLEASE REMEMBER–DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME STARTS TODAY, SO THE MEETING IS AN “HOUR EARLIER” THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT! What citrus fruit do you eat whole, skin and all? Kumquats! Greg Gude, a grower who generously donates kumquats for our citrus celebration, will talk about growing this delectable sweet-tart delight. Kumquats have different growing requirements than a lot of other citrus varieties and Greg has been growing them for decades.

Bring a dish to share for the buffet table. Side note: Each year, just before Dade City’s Kumquat Festival is January 27, 2018. Tour kumquat groves and the Kumquat Growers packing house in St. Joseph.


April 14 and 15, 2018–USF PLANT SALE.

MEMBERSHIP INFO


If you are an RFCI member and NOT receiving your RFCI newsletter in your email, please send an email to: tb.rarefruit@gmail.com so we can update our records. Thank you.

NEW MEMBERS
To join, download and fill out a membership application form from:  https://rarefruit.org/membership/, and send with check of money order for $20 made out to Tampa Bay RFCI to:

Tampa Bay RFCI
39320 North Ave.
Zephyrhills, FL 33542.

RENEWING MEMBERS
If your dues are due, please send check or money order for $20 made out to Tampa Bay RFCI and mail to:

Tampa Bay RFCI
39320 North Ave.
Zephyrhills, FL 33542.


~MARK YOUR CALENDAR~

The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International meets on the second Sunday of the month except in February (Citrus Celebration), April (USF Plant Sale) and October (USF Plant Sale). We will meet on the THIRD Sunday for our Holiday Party this December, starting at 1:00, an hour earlier than usual.


Missing newsletters

Our newsletter archives are fairly complete . . . but we are missing some issues. If any older members have any of the following issues, please contact Tom Schaefer or Sandra Kischuk. The missing issues are:
1980-all                   1983-July
1989-December       2005-October

THANK YOU!

 


 

 


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