GrowFest! in Redland Florida!
If you’ll be in the Miami area on the weekend of October 13-14, don’t miss the first ever Redland GrowFest! Come celebrate organic farming from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday at the Redland Fruit & Spice Park, located at 24801 SW 187th Avenue in Redland, Florida, on the corner of Coconut Palm Drive & Redland Road.
GrowFest! 2012 is about connecting the dots between the farm or garden and the dinner table. The goal of the event is to engage and encourage gardeners. Attendees should expect to develop the skills needed to grow their own food, as well as gain a better appreciation for what it takes for our farmers to produce food on a commercial scale.
Start your gardens!
Get your seedlings, fruit trees and companion plants. Bee Heaven Farm will have over 80 varieties of heirloom tomato seedlings, several varieties of eggplant, hot peppers, basil, arugula, chard, kale, Asian greens and perennial herbs like garlic chives, curryleaf, and lemongrass. Other vendors will have fruit trees, native and companion plants to promote beneficial insect habitat. Gardening supplies will also be available for sale. Due to the generosity of the Urban Oasis Project and the Wholesome Wave Foundation, double-value coupons will be available for EBT customers. This is great news for EBT customers, whose dollars will buy twice as many veggie seeds and seedlings. Let’s get those gardens growing!
Questions about growing?
Whether you’re a backyard gardener, an urban farmer, or a small or large-scale farmer, we’ll have answers for you! UF/Miami-Dade County Extension agents will be on-hand to give presentations and demos throughout the weekend. Special emphasis will be placed on organic and environmentally friendly practices in subtropical climates.
“What’s Organic About Organic?”
The documentary film “What’s Organic About Organic?” will be featured in the classroom building, along with other presentations and demos by Florida Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc.
WHAT’S ORGANIC ABOUT “ORGANIC?” delves into the debates that arise when a grassroots agricultural movement evolves into a booming international market. As the film moves from farm fields to government meetings to industry trade shows, we see the hidden costs of conventional agriculture. We also see how our health, the health of our planet, and the agricultural needs of our society are all intimately connected. The film compels us to look forward, towards a new vision for our culture and encourages us to ask, “How can we eat with an ecological consciousness?” More>>
Enjoy fresh, locally-grown food and drinks!
Want to learn how to prepare healthy food and kid-friendly snacks? See local chefs use fresh local ingredients to create fun and tasty dishes, school lunches, and snacks.
Tired of that same old fair food? We’ll have a great selection of healthy foods showcasing locally-grown Fresh From Florida and Redland-Raised ingredients. Local cottage food and artisanal producers will share their stories and sell their goods.
Explore the park!
The only tropical botanical garden and public park of its kind in the U.S., the Redland Fruit & Spice Park hosts over 500 varieties of tropical fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, nuts and edible plants. If you’ve ever been to the park, you know what a nice place it is to visit and learn about the amazing variety of edible plants you can grow in South Florida.
For more information, call 305-247-8650 or email GrowFest@beeheavenfarm.com
Please contact the organizers at least 7 days in advance to request materials in accessible format, or a sign language interpreter. This event is ADA compliant.
GrowFest! 2012 sponsored by: