|Saturday Oct 18, 2014 10:00 AM - Sunday Oct 19, 2014 5:00 PM | Free - $8.00
3rd annual GrowFest! 2014
GrowFest! is about connecting the dots between the farm or garden and the dinner table. It's about providing the knowledge and materials to grow, forage, buy, prepare, and eat good, local, seasonal food. Engaging the public, encouraging and giving them the tools to grow some of their own will enable them to gain a better appreciation of what it takes for farmers to produce the food we all eat, and whet folks' appetite for the best, healthiest, and freshest produce.
Start your gardens! Get your seedlings, fruit trees and companion plants. Bee Heaven Farm will have over 100 varieties of heirloom tomato, veggie and hard-to-find herb seedlings. There will be fruit trees, native, and companion plants to promote beneficial insect habitat and gardening supplies. SNAP/EBT dollars can be used for buying veggie seeds and seedlings. And those dollars will stretch twice as far, courtesy of Florida Organic Growers' Fresh Access Bucks double-value program, to get those gardens growing!
Questions about growing? Answers here for backyard growers, urban farmers, small and big farms. The UF/Miami- Dade County Extension Office is our local source for growing information tailored to our subtropical South Florida climate. Check out our presentations, workshops, and demos. There will be special emphasis on organic and environmentally friendly practices, and establishing building blocks for healthy eating.
Want to learn how to prepare healthy food? See local chefs use fresh local ingredients to create fun and tasty dishes, school lunches, and snacks. Pick up copies of awesome books highlighting local foods, like Local Flavor: Recipes Raised in the Florida Redland. Grab a hot-off-the-press copy of Edible South Florida Magazine's Fall issue, chock full of information.
Enjoy fresh, great locally-grown food! Tired of that same old fair food? Our food vendors showcase locally-grown Fresh From Florida and Redland-Raised ingredients. Local cottage food and artisanal producers will share their stories and sell their goods.
Watch screenings of "Hungry for Justice" a documentary about social justice issues for agricultural workers presented by Florida Organic Growers.
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.
Enjoy Music Bluegrass tunes by The Redland Pickers and chill vibes by Satori Kings each day 11:30 AM-3:30 PM
Daily Prize drawings each day @ 1:15 & 4:30 PM. Paid and VIP admission includes a raffle ticket for a chance at some great door prizes!
Demos, Workshops & Presentations
Plant Propagation Sun 10:30 AM
The Slow Food Ark of Taste Sun 10:30 AM
Mistakes I've Made Along the Way Growing Herbs Sat 11:00 AM & Sun 1:00 PM
Mango Poetry Sat & Sun 11:00 AM & 1 PM
Hungry for Justice Documentary Screening Sat & Sun 11:30 AM
Properly Pruning Fruit Trees Sat 1:00 PM
Managing Vegetable Crops: From Commercial Industry to Backyard Gardens Sat 1:30 PM
Good Bugs/Bad Bugs in Your Edible Landscape Sun 1:30 PM
Vegetable Oddities Sun 2:30 PM
Rain Barrel Workshop Sat & Sun 2:30 PM
Wild Edible Plants of Florida Sat 2:30 PM
Kids' Activities / Ag in the Classroom Sat & Sun All day
Master Gardener Plant Clinic Sat & Sun All day
Community Art Sun All day
Light Bulb & Shower Head Exchange (Must bring old ones) Sat & Sun All day
Call 305-247-8650 or email GrowFest@beeheavenfarm.com at least 7 days in advance to request materials in accessible format, a sign language interpreter and for information on access for persons with disabilities.
Redland Fruit & Spice Park (View)
24801 SW 187th Avenue
Redland, FL 33031
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|