2014GrowFest! a celebration of all local things edible, green, and growing
October 18-19 at Redland Fruit & Spice Park
$10 admission, free for children 12 and under
24801 SW 187th Ave
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 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 “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.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.
9th annual Farm Day at Bee Heaven Farm
9th Annual Farm Day Open House at Bee Heaven Farm
Come to the country * Fun for the whole family!
Sunday, December 22nd * 11:30am – 3:00pm
* Farm Market * locally-grown seasonal organic produce, dried tropical fruit, raw farm honey, heirloom tomato and veggie starts, strawberry plants, goat milk soaps, and other goodies for sale. We accept cash/credit/debit/checks and EBT/SNAP (food stamps), and with Fresh Access Bucks – double your first $20 dollars of SNAP purchases of fresh fruits & vegetables
* Live Music * local singer-songwriter Grant Livingston will entertain us with great tunes www.grantlivinsgston.com
* Family Yoga * The whole family is invited to a 45 minute multi-level yoga class on the lawn from 11:30-12:15. Taught by certified yoga instruction Meldy Hernandez, RN, MPH. Bring your own yoga mat or a large towel. Suggested class donation $10.
*Food* Chef Caryl Zook, local organic chef and friend of the farm will be featuring fresh from the farm food, served buffet-style, and, The Cantankerous Chef Robert Barnum will be roasting Redland-raised corn from a local family farm at the campfire circle. Food and a raffle ticket $10
Directions: from southbound on US1, turn west (right) on Bauer Drive (SW 264th St), & go approx 5 miles. The farm is 1/3mile west of Redland Road (SW 187th Ave). Look for the farm sign & flags. Please angle park on the swale and walk on in.
Find more information here
Did you miss out on GrowFest! but still want to get your veggie starter plants? Here’s another chance to pick up a selection of tomatoes, veggies and herb seedlings for your gardens. Plus, long-awaited strawberry plant starts (they didn’t arrive in time for GrowFest!) and fruit trees. We’ll also have first-harvest Redland Raised organic green beans, awesomely sweet carambolas, our own SMOKED Rachel’s Eggs, assorted dried fruits of summer, Local Flavors and Field to Feast cookbooks, and a few other goodies.
Come see us at Tropical Cornucopia Farm and Garden Show, Nov 2-3, 10am-5pm *FREE*
Historic Downtown Homestead, Washington Ave, 1 block east of Krome (177th Av)
Enjoy the brisk fall air, garden exhibits, entertainment, kids’ activities, and visit local businesses. Stroll along Washington Avenue from Mowry Drive (SW 320th St) to the Miami-Dade College entrance. Plan on lunch at any of an eclectic selection of local mom ‘n pop restaurants in the historic district, within an easy walk of our booth, such as Chefs on the Run, Casita Tejas, NicaMex, Royal Palm Grill, Redland Hotel’s Whistle Stop, and Mamma Mia’s, among others, then get dessert at the best tropical fruit ice cream & paleta shop around – La Michoacana Paleteria right on Washington Avenue.
Easily-accessed via Metrobus, the busway stop is just steps away from the festival. If you choose to drive, follow the signs for event parking.
October 19-20 at Redland Fruit & Spice Park
$10 admission, free for children 12 and under
24801 SW 187th Ave
Find more information and purchase tickets here.
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 and freshest produce.
Vendors and exhibitors will provide starter plants, growing and gardening supplies, fruit trees, other edible plants, companion plants, native plants, expertise, and whatever folks need to get their fruit & veggie gardens started for the winter growing season. We place special emphasis on organic and environmentally friendly practices, and establishing building blocks for healthy eating. Click here for a Vendor Application
This year’s GrowFest! will raise funds for our own locally-based Urban Oasis Project. Whole Foods Market is a major sponsor for this event. Interested in being a sponsor? email us. Help us publicize the event and provide educational exhibits.