A Scientific and Outreach Facility for South Florida
In 2003, Mr. Frank Williams donated his 20-acre avocado grove and home to Fairchild. Mr. Williams had but one request, that the property be used to help fruit growers in South Florida and the world.
The property is 20 acres and approximately 15 acres of the property are used as a model avocado production grove. The grove consists of ‘Bernecker’, ‘Beta’, ‘Donnie’, ‘Hall’ ‘Miguel’, and ‘Simmonds’ avocados, cultivars desirable for commercial sale in the United States. Management practices are consistent with commercial avocado production in South Florida. The grove is used as a demonstration model for best agricultural practices in Tropical America.
The Fairchild Farm serves as the permanent home for the living genetic collections of the Tropical Fruit Program of FTBG. The living genetic collections are the cornerstone of the program and serve a role for the conservation of clones of key tropical fruit species, investigation into applied horticulture, and for distribution of plants to the local, national and international community. Today the Fairchild Farm Genetic Facility is home to among the world's best collections of tropical fruit.
The primary collections are of avocado, mango, jackfruit, mamey sapote, sapodilla, canistel, abrico (Mammea americana), caimito, spanish lime (Melicoccus bijugatus) and tamarind. Each of the collections has its unique scientific focus based on the research and outreach objectives of the tropical fruit program. These objectives define the makeup of each collection, the space needed for their conservation and the commitment of resources to each.
These collections are the result of an intensive effort of the research scientists of the Tropical Fruit Program at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, going door to door, garden to garden to collect the most outstanding selections of tropical fruit found in the Americas, Africa and Asia. This effort into the collection of clonal tropical fruit varieties is among the most ambitious of its kind to be found throughout the modern world. For more information about tropical fruit expeditions click here.
The Fairchild Farm serves as the headquarters for the activities of Tropical Fruit Program, receiving local and international growers in search of the latest growing techniques.
Children and adult fruit camps and international fruit summits round out the activities. The collections serve as the basis for scientific discovery and immediate use for home garden, estate and large-scale commercial agriculture throughout the world. Indeed, evaluations (eating the fruit) are a big part of our work, but the result of these gastronomic investigations will be felt across the Americas and beyond.
Management techniques are appropriate for our goals and can provide useful guidance for your own back yard. For more information click here
A teaching and research building is constructed to house staff of the Tropical Fruit Program of FTBG, a classroom and a synoptic teaching collection. The Fairchild Farm serves as a valuable fruit genetic resource and outreach facility for Florida and Tropical America.
Educational programs are presented to the local and international community to enhance the appreciation for the diversity of the mango, its wide range of flavors and uses, where more than 350 different varieties of mangos shown in this event.
Our outreach program is built around the use of tropical fruit and tropical fruit products, with workshops, classes and intern programs presented by FTBG staff and volunteers. The goal is to sow an appreciation for tropical fruit in the general public. The fruit, products and information presented at the fruit market and outreach center will be unique to the Fairchild Farm.
The Fairchild Farm provides the unique opportunity for FTBG to promote specialty tropical fruit. The sale of these unique fruit cultivars and products are based on education.
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