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GrowFest! vendors

Vendors and exhibitors participating at GrowFest! this year.

Casey’s Corner Nursery – Native foliage for sun or shade, short or tall.

Community Arts Cool Ties – Under the sun, we’re all one.

Dade County Farm Bureau – The voice of Dade County agriculture.

Edible South Florida – Exploring our foods, our stories, our community by season.

Envy Botanicals – Carnivorous plants. https://twitter.com/envybotanicals

Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Division of Plant Industry – Works to detect, intercept and control plant and honey bee pests that threaten Florida’s native and commercially grown plants and agricultural resources.

Florida Organic Growers – Supports and promotes sustainable organic agriculture and provides solutions to the issues facing farmers, families, and everyone in between. http://www.foginfo.org/

Gaby’s Farm – Gourmet tropical fruit ice cream and sorbet.

Going Bananas – Family owned and operated nursery/grove is exclusively devoted to growing many varieties of banana plants and tropical lychee trees.

Hani’s Mediterranean Organics – Goat milk, goat cheese, goat milk ice cream, Mediterranean cuisine http://www.localharvest.org/hanis-mediterranean-organics-M29177

Homestead Hospital 

JackPot – Fabric growing containers.

Mango House – Miami’s Mango Mama, Jen Karetnick, displays all things mango: cook book, art, clothing, artifacts.

Margarita’s Fruit Trees – Tropical fruit trees

The Miami G.R.O.W. Project – Growing, teaching, feeding our community.

Micro Hill Farms – Organically grown microgreens, sunflower shoots, pea tendrils and wheatgrass. http://www.localharvest.org/micro-hill-farms-M62483

Miguel Bode Honey – Local raw honey, pollen, beeswax

Native Conch – Delicious conch fritters

Paradise Farms Organic  – Home of Dinner in Paradise

Redland Organic Herb Farm – Specializing in organic potted herb and vegetable plants.  http://www.redlandorganicherbfarm.com/

Rochelois Jams – Exotic fruit  jams, jellies and chutneys made from local tropical fruits.

Slow Food Miami  – Supporting good, clean and fair food.

Teena’s Pride CSA – Ultra fresh vegetables grown on a multi-generation family farm.

Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Society (Fruit & Spice Park fruit display) – Selling vanilla ice cream with toppings made from park fruits.

UF/IFAS Extension Office  – Solutions for your life.

The Urban Farmer – Hydroponic farming, organic and naturally grown.

Urban Oasis Project – Making fresh, healthy, local food accessible to ALL!

USDA-NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service – Agriculture conservation, Farm Bill 2014

Verde Community Farm and Market – A 22 acre organic farm and market, teaching formerly homeless families how to run a farm.

Whole Foods Market 


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A celebration of all local things edible, green, and growing

Hosted by Bee Heaven Farm / Redland Organics

Heirloom Tomato & Vegetable Seedlings
Fruit Trees * Growing Information
Local Food * Live Music
Park Tours * Giveaways * Kids’ Activities
Demos & Presentations

Browsing through a sea of seedlings in the heirloom tomato section. (GrowFest! 2012)

Browsing through a sea of seedlings in the heirloom tomato section. (GrowFest! 2012)

Saturday October 18 and Sunday October 19, 2014
10:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Fruit & Spice Park
24801 SW 187 Ave, Redland FL 33031

$10 cash at gate * Kids under 12 free
Free tickets for military at Vet Tix 


Heirloom tomato seedlings. (GrowFest! 2012)

Heirloom tomato seedlings. (GrowFest! 2012)

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!

Teresa Olczyk and Jeff Wasielewsky from the UF/IFAS Extension office.

Teresa Olczyk and Jeff Wasielewsky from the UF/IFAS Extension office. (GrowFest! 2013)

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.

Chef Jon Gambino makes pizza the way the old Italian guys taught him. (GrowFest! 2013)

Chef Jon Gambino makes pizza the way the old Italian guys taught him. (GrowFest! 2013)

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.

Cuckita “Cookie” Bellande and her daughter of Rochelois Jams.

Cuckita “Cookie” Bellande and her daughter of Rochelois Jams.

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 and 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 at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Daily Prize drawings each day at 1:15 pm and 4:30 pm. Paid and VIP admission includes a raffle ticket for a chance at some great door prizes!


(L to R): Margie Pikarsky, Nick Pikarsky and Louise King of the Tropical Fruit Growers Association (GrowFest! 2012)

(L to R): Margie Pikarsky, Nick Pikarsky, and Louise King of the Tropical Fruit Growers Association (GrowFest! 2012)

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Fully committed

The west grove got knocked down to make space for the new greenhouse. In this video, see how the land gets cleared. Farmer Margie Pikarsky talks about moving forward with the project, no looking back.

There’s still a couple days left to donate to the Indiegogo fundraiser, to help Margie pay for the greenhouse. It’s easy to do, just a mouse click away! Every dollar helps, so give what you can. Thanks!

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Goodbye, tree

Countdown to a deadline! You have only 5 days left (including today) to make a donation!

In this Throwback Thursday video, Farm manager Nicole Firori said goodbye to her beloved avocado trees last month. The west grove got cut down to make room for the large new greenhouse at Bee Heaven Farm.

Farmer Margie Pikarsky needs the greenhouse to grow more organic veggie and tomato seedlings, both for the farm and for sale to the public.

Help make the dream a reality! Donate online here:


Give a little, give a lot, or give a lot more! Thanks for your donation!

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Countdown to a deadline! You have only 7 days left (including today) to make a donation!

Construction has begun on the greenhouse Post holes were dug and foundation poles set on the site of the former west avocado grove at Bee Heaven Farm.

Help farmer Margie Pikarsky raise money to pay for this much-needed greenhouse. Donate money online here:

Give as much as you can! Thanks for your donation!

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The project is under way! Farmer Marge Pikarsky wants — and needs — a big new greenhouse at Bee Heaven Farm so she can grow more organic seedlings that you want and love.

Margie, and farm manager Nicole Fiori, have a big, expensive dream, and they need your help to make it happen. Make your donation online here:


Big or small, it’s all good. Thanks for your support!

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Beekeeper Debra Roberts and friend

Beekeeper Debra Roberts and friend

Urban Oasis Project is sponsoring two weekend beekeeping workshops on February 1-2, 2014, taught by world-traveling beekeeper Debra Roberts. No experience necessary for the beginner’s class.

Natural Beekeeping for BEEginners:
Come explore honeybee basics, hive equipment and tools, good stewardship practices, how to go through a hive (without bees), and treatment-free (“natural”) beekeeping. Session tailored for BEEginners with no experience (those who think they might like to have bees in the future or just want to learn more about them).

$85 – Full day, Saturday Feb 1 only, at the Kampong in Coconut Grove.
$125 – Full intensive includes Saturday at Kampong in Coconut Grove, and half day on Sunday morning at Verde Farm in Homestead (includes hands-on with bees).

Natural Beekeeping for Beekeepers with Experience:

This session is for beekeepers who have a little to a lot of beekeeping experience, who want to explore treatment-free beekeeping options. Please bring your questions. This afternoon will be tailor-made for what best serves you.

$50 – Half day on Sunday afternoon at Verde Farm.

Note: BEEginners who have taken the intensive are welcome to join the Sunday afternoon session for an additional fee. Please inquire.

Details and Registration: on the Urban Oasis Project web site.
No refunds after January 20th.
Email questions to admin@urbanoasisproject.org .

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