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President's Message August 2021

Palm Beach Chapter of Rare Fruit Council International

It was so good to see your smiling faces at the last meeting. We hope to see even more members at the

next meeting at MOUNTS!!!!!! Yes, we are back at the Mounts Auditorium for our meeting on August 13

July 9 at 7:30.

Be sure to bring your fruit for the tasting table, plants for the auction, and seeds for the exchange. Also,

for those who need to pay membership dues please bring your, cash, check or credit card.

Volunteers are needed:

· Greeter

· Membership

· Tasting Table

· Seed Exchange

· Auctioneer

Also, we are creating committees for the following topics:

· Nominations for the upcoming elections in September

· Logistics for the Fruit and Horticulture Park

Special thanks to the ladies who worked in kitchen cutting up the fruit. Jane Lee, Brenda Skaggs, Petra

Russell and CG came in early and created a beautiful and delicious display of fruits.

Go to Smile@Amazon.com and make the Palm Beach Rare Fruit Council your non-profit of choice.

Our speaker for the evening is David Stack, of Stack's Urban Harvest. He has been an avid gardener

most of his life. His fascination with horticulture and plant propagation began as a child growing up on a

small farm in Southern California. As a high school student, David took summer jobs at a nursery

propagating plants and grafting kiwi. When he moved to South Florida he learned to deal with the many

challenges we have when it comes to growing food. I n May 2020, he launched a YouTube channel,

Stack's Urban Harvest, with a mission to inspire and educate new gardeners to grow food and help them

shorten the learning curve using organic methods.

See you soon.

Roxanne Cumberland





Upcoming Public Events

July Virtual Meeting

July 9, 7:30PM - 9:00PM

Good news! We are going to meet in person at the Mounts Auditorium on July 9th at 7:30.

Our Guest Speakers:

Rob Long

Short Bio:



Elected – Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District (4-years, Chair), just re-elected to 2nd term.

Delray Beach Advisory Boards – Green Implementation Advancement Board, Site Plan Review & Appearance Board, and currently Planning & Zoning Board (2nd term, Vice-Chair)

Other Boards – Habitat Young Professionals-South County, Friends of Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the South Florida Water Coalition Advisory Board, and the Delray Beach Clean Water Collective

Leadership Training – Leadership PBC (Class of 2020), ADL Glass Institute Fellow, NLC PBC Alum

Other Memberships – Chamber of the Palm Beaches, Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, Urban Land Institute, Engineers Without Borders, Audubon Society, Sierra Club


Volunteered during the pandemic at drive-thru food distributions in WPB, Boynton, and Delray (with Parks & Rec)

Regularly volunteer with and donate to Community Greening, a Delray-based nonprofit

Regularly take part in beach cleanups, hosted several last year in Delray – partnership between Young Democrats & Young Republicans

Presented flood planning/protection presentation in different community forums, including the Delray BPOA

2-year sponsor (Door 2 Door) of “Guns N’ Hoses” softball challenge between Delray Police and Delray Fire Rescue. Hosted by Delray Citizens for Delray Police

Recently Attended “A Forum on Policing” in the Delray Arts Garage with Delray and Boynton Police Chiefs, hosted by the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission

Fundraising Committee for Junior Achievement Caribbean Wind Event (Current)

Sponsor for SMART Ride 18 – Team Bill Bone (Current)

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Mounts Botanical Gardens Auditorium at, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL

RFC July 9th 2021 7pm in person meeting at the Mounts

Zoom link if you can't attend

Jane Lee is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: RFC July 2021

Time: July 9, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time 

(US and Canada)

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Roxanne Cumberland

President, RFC

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!






                            Palm Beach Rare Fruit Council



                              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:


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