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Demos, Workshops & Presentations


Saturday, October 18

11:00 am          Mistakes I’ve Made Along the Way Growing Herbs
11:00 am          Mango Poetry
11:30 am          Hungry for Justice documentary screening
1:00 pm            Properly Pruning Fruit Trees
1:00 pm            Mango Poetry
1:30 pm            Managing Vegetable Crops:
From Commercial Industry to Backyard Gardens
2:30 pm            Rain Barrel Workshop (Barrel cost: $40)
2:30 pm            Wild Edible Plants of Florida

 

Sunday, October 19

10:30 am          Plant Propagation
10:30 am          The Slow Food Ark of Taste
11:00 am          Mango Poetry
11:30 am          Hungry for Justice documentary screening
1:00 pm            Mistakes I’ve Made Along the Way Growing Herbs
1:00 pm            Mango Poetry
1:30 pm            Good Bugs/Bad Bugs in Your Edible Landscape
2:30 pm            Vegetable Oddities
2:30 pm            Rain Barrel Workshop (Barrel cost: $40)

 

Saturday and Sunday All Day activities:

Kids’ Activities / Ag in the Classroom
Master Gardener Plant Clinic
Community Art  *SUNDAY ONLY*
Light Bulb & Shower Head Exchange (Must bring old ones)

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It’s gonna fit!

There’s a new greenhouse going up at Bee Heaven Farm! Before one post can be set, the space for the structure has to be measured and staked out. In this video we meet Frankie the greenhouse guy and his helper, who are the masters of the tape measure. The space they stake out looks like a tight fit. Margie is delighted and excited — her dream is finally materializing!

Help Margie’s dream come to fruition and donate to her Indiegogo campaign. Click here to do it online. It’s fast and easy! (Plus you get cool gifts.) Today, Sunday October 12th, is The Last Day! Thanks for your donation!

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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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Bee Heaven Farm is growing!

After 10 years, Farmer Margie Pikarsky has outgrown the little shade house where she and her crew plant seeds and start growing seedlings. The little shade house doesn’t have much room to work for three people. It’s made of wood and plastic sheeting, is overgrown and falling apart. Many more seedlings are growing outside on stands made from wooden pallets, under the dappled shade of a royal poinciana tree. The pallets are falling apart too, in the tropical rain and heat. There’s a limited amount of space to meet the increasing demand for organic seedlings.

Margie wants — and needs — a new professional greenhouse. The one she has her eye on is 90 feet long and 60 feet wide. On one side, seedlings and starts will grow on metal stands (that won’t rot), and tender plants will grow directly in the ground on the other side. But something like that doesn’t come cheap. So Farmer Margie is turning to you — her faithful customers and CSA members — for financial assistance.

All the details on the project are posted on Bee Heaven Farm’s fundraising page. New video updates will be posted both there and on this blog. Help the farm grow! Give what you can!

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Mike the visiting farmer gets a visit from the Congressman. L to R: Mike, Margie Pikarsky, Joe Garcia, Mike Dill, Kevin Chambliss. Photo by Nicole Fiori.

Mike the visiting farmer gets a visit from the Congressman. L to R: Mike, Margie Pikarsky, Joe Garcia, Mike Dill, Kevin Chambliss. Photo by Nicole Fiori.

It’s not every day that a politician stops by Bee Heaven Farm. But back in January, on a gray drizzly afternoon, Congressman Joe Garcia and some of his staff came to pay a visit with farmer Margie Pikarsky, one of his constituents.

“He’s making a real point of talking to farmers,” Margie told me. “Finding out what we do, what we need, what we want, and how to help.” She said he mentioned that he’s working on a series of visits with all the organic growers in Redland to get their input.

The visit made a favorable impression on farm intern Nicole Fiori. “I thought it was really refreshing to see that he got involved. It felt like he actually wanted to help us achieve our goals.”

Joe Garcia and Margie Pikarsky walking and talking at Bee Heaven Farm. Photo by Nicole Fiori.

Joe Garcia and Margie Pikarsky walking and talking at Bee Heaven Farm. Photo by Nicole Fiori.

And so Margie took the Congressman on a tour of her farm. They strolled around and stopped to smell aromatic allspice leaves, taste delicate pei tsai greens, and spoke about various topics impacting agriculture — NAFTA, immigration labor, and two insect borne diseases — laurel wilt and citrus greening — which are threatening to destroy Florida’s avocado and citrus crops.

Read more about the Congressman’s visit here.

Farmer Margie Pikarsky and Congressman Joe Garcia, with a package of Rachel's Eggs. Photo by Nicole Fiori.

Farmer Margie Pikarsky and Congressman Joe Garcia, with a package of Rachel’s Eggs. Photo by Nicole Fiori.

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