Florida Loquat Festival News – #3

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Florida Loquat Festival News – No. 3

November 2014

Celebrating Florida’s Urban Fruit

An Ecology Florida/Friendship Farms & Fare Annual Event

Welcome to the November issue of the Florida Loquat Festival News

Thanks for your interest and support of the Florida Loquat Festival. We’ve added several more subscribers since our last issue, and we look forward to adding more in the coming months.

Tentative Date Set for 2015 Festival – April 4, 2015

We’ve set a tentative date of April 4 for the 2015 Festival. Mark your calendars (in pencil for now), and we’ll get back with confirmation in next month’s issue. In the meantime, please spread the word about Loquats and the event.

Planning Notes for 2015

We starting preliminary work on the festival, and are happy to share our initial plans and visions.

First, we’ve had requests from a number of folks to share their loquat wares. So, if you are interested in sharing loquats, or loquat products and wares, please contact us. This is a “Loquat Exclusive” event, so everything being shared (for sale, contribution, or gift) must be a loquat or loquat-derived product. Space is limited, and proposals will be reviewed. Sharing will be contingent on proper paperwork (including disclaimers on foods), fees if any, available space, and commitment to the Festival.

Second, if you have a loquat tree that volunteers can harvest for the festival, please let us know your location (and phone number); we’ll make arrangements for the harvest in season.

Third, and this is a new event for 2015, we are planning a Loquat poetry contest. Yes! That’s right. We’ll have more information on this in next month’s mailing, but we wanted to get the word out now, so contributing poets will be aware. By the way, what rhymes with Loquat (besides Kumquat)?

 A Brief Look Back at the Inaugural Festival

For new subscribers, here are a couple of stories about last year’s festival from in the local press (just click on the links):

http://www.ecologyflorida.org/2014/03/florida-loquat-festival-celebrating-floridas-urban-fruit/

http://tbo.com/Local/CommunityNews/festival-to-promote-little-known-loquat-tree-20140319/

If you would like a copy of the commemorative program for the inaugural event, send a request to Friendship Farms and Fare: friendshipfarmsfare@gmail.com or Ecology Florida: admin@ecologyflorida.org. Donations for the program will be received with thanks.

Trees for Sale

If you are interested in acquiring loquat trees, send us a message. We have small trees (seedlings in half-gallon pots), and a few large trees (4-6 feet).

Join the Festival Team

We would be delighted to have more volunteers help us with next year’s festival. Let us know if you’d like to assist. We would also be most appreciative of financial gifts and sponsorships. The Florida Loquat Festival is organized and presented by Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare. These groups are 501 C 3 organizations, and donations are tax deductable.

We’d love to hear from you.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or otherwise supporting the Florida Loquat Festival, contact Friendship Farms & Fare: friendshipfarmsfare@gmail.com or Ecology Florida: admin@ecologyflorida.org.

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Friendship Farms & Fare is a branch of Ecology Florida, a not-for-profit corporation. Contributions to Friendship Farms & Fare and Ecology Florida are tax deductible. To learn more about Ecology Florida, please visit the website:

http://www.ecologyflorida.org/

If you would like to support our mission and individual projects, you may share donations through our website (http://www.fffsite.org/#!report/c1tuh) or at our mailing address:

Ecology Florida

PO Box 596

New Port Richey, FL 34656-0596

Ecology Florida, Inc. is a notforprofit organization, with 501(c)(3) designation. Contributions to Ecology Florida, Inc. are tax deductable under section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Ecology Florida is a registered charitable organization in the state of Florida. Registration number, CH 33333. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REIGSTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMEDNATION BY THE STATE.

 

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One Response to “Florida Loquat Festival News – #3”

  1. - NewsPortRichey says:

    […] Watch for additional coverage in the Loquat News.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list for Loquat News, please send us your email address, and you’ll be included in all future mailings.   You can reach us at http://www.fffsite.org/#!contact/cl4l   Here is a link to the November issue: http://www.ecologyflorida.org/2014/11/florida-loquat-festival-news-3/ […]

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