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Have you signed up for any of the sessions scheduled before the Community Food Summit? There’s plenty to choose from. The one that caught my eye is the Regenerative Farm Tour on Sunday Oct. 2. Regenerating is a good thing to do on a weekend, to clear out big city craziness at various farms, big and small, both urban and rural.

Tour guide Corinna Moebius will visit The Farm at Verde Gardens, Frank Macaluso’s Edible Yard, Yve Rose’s Backyard Food Forest, and Muriel’s Little River Market Garden. The tour runs from 9 am to 3 pm and costs $45.

Included is a stop at Possum Trot Tropical Fruit Nursery, where Robert Barnum, the Cantankerous Chef, will prepare a delicious vegetarian lunch. He’s using as much farm raised and local food as possible. The menu includes:

  • drink made with cas guava
  • vegetable casserole with okra, cabbage, squash, zucchini, tomato sauce (made from Teena’s Pride heirloom tomatoes), betel leaf, topped with Hani’s organic goat cheese
  • fresh fruit platter including monstera, jakfruit and carambola
  • Sem Chi organic rice (grown in Belle Glade FL)
  • carambola pie
  • homemade tropical fruit wine (optional)

Register here for the tour and lunch.

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Earth Learning is presenting a series of workshops and seminars that lead up to the Second Community Food Summit. These events will bring in recognized activists and skilled practitioners to work with our community leaders as well as engage public audiences.

The Path to the Summit will be organized around six perspectives : Healthy People, Resilient Communities, Justice and Fairness, Sustainable Ecosystems, Vibrant Farms, and Thriving Local Economies.

Thursday, September 29th
8:00 am to Noon: “Local Plus” Food Access for All (Healthy People)
1:00 – 4:00 pm: Enabling Local Food (Resilient Communities)
6:30 – 9:30 pm: Re-Setting the Table, Toward Food Justice (Justice and Fairness)

Friday, September 30th
8:00 am – Noon: Sustainable Agriculture for All (Justice and Fairness)
6:00 – 9:30 PM: Carbon Farming: An Appetizing Strategy for Ecosystem Restoration and Climate Change (Sustainable Ecosystems)

Saturday, October 1st
3:00 – 7:00 PM: The New Agrarians: Growing Food Everywhere (Vibrant Farms)
7:00 – 10:00 PM: Greenhorns Film Screening & Potluck

Sunday, October 2nd
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Regenerative Farm Tour
4:00 – 8:00 PM: Miami’s Local Food Scene: Dine-Around Midtown

Monday, October 3rd
8 am – Noon: Slow Money Workshop
1:00 – 4:00 PM: Leading the Transition to a Local Food Economy

For detailed information on the pre-Summit workshops, along with registration and locations, go to the Earth Learning web site.

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Join Earth Learning at the Second Greater Everglades Community Food Summit to envision and design a local food system in southern Florida that is vibrant, healthy, just, sustainable and resilient.

This Summit will include a who’s who of local food professionals, activists and enthusiasts from southern Florida, providing an unprecedented networking and partnership-building opportunity for all seeking to advance the passion for South Florida’s year round bounty of local foods. Be an active participant!

Keynote speakers are Woody Tasch of Slow Money, and Michael Brownlee of Transition Colorado.

Participants will:
* Interact with presenters on the leading-edge of the local food movement
* Share the State of the Foodshed report, highlighting our progress to date and highlighting local success stories
* Develop a shared vision and an Action Plan to move forward this vision
* Identify opportunities to enhance the production, processing, storage, distribution, marketing, and consumption of foods sustainably grown in the Greater Everglades bioregion
* Network and build relationships

When:
Tuesday, October 4 2011, 8 am – 6:00 pm
through Wednesday, October 5, 2011 8 am – 4:30 pm

Registration:
Early Pricing $80 ends Sept. 23rd — Regular price $95
(including breakfast and lunch both days)
Register at the Earth Learning web site

Location:
Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Building 3, Room 3210
Miami, FL 33132

If you have any questions about the event or how to register please feel free to contact Cat McLean, events@earth-learning.org , 786-233-2784

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Verde Gardens, site of the new  Homestead Harvest Farmer’s Market.

Please join us for the opening of the Homestead Harvest Farmers Market at Verde Gardens!

Friday, July 15th
4:00 to 8:00 pm
12700 SW 280 Street, Homestead, FL 33038

We are celebrating the opening of this beautiful, new building with the first of the Locavore Lounge events — bring some food to share, buy a smoothie from the new juice bar, or shop for local produce at the Farmer’s Market.

This new year-round market is dedicated to improving access to sustainably-grown local food for all and will double EBT benefits for the first $10 spent, and offer a wide variety of organic and sustainably grown products from the region.

In the fall we will start selling produce raised next door at the 22-acre permaculture farm we are now developing at Verde Gardens, as well as inviting in more local farmers to offer their products.

This building will be a center for cooking classes, micro-enterprises creating value-added products, and more with a fully functional commercial kitchen, serving the residents of Verde Gardens and the surrounding communities.

Supported by the Homeless Trust and Carrfour Supportive Housing, operated by Urban Oasis Project and Earth Learning.

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Locavores rejoice! There’s a new farmers market coming to town!

The South Miami Farmers Market starts Saturday, December 4th, and will run every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The location is in the parking lot in front of South Miami City Hall, 6130 Sunset Drive. The market will run year-round, and will feature prepared food vendors, artisans, green technology vendors, and community groups.

This new market will showcase the best local, organic and sustainably-grown produce in season (tropical fruits, annual and perennial vegetables, mushrooms), eggs, dairy, and value-added products (jams, jellies, salsas, fermented and pickled foods). Only local growers will participate in this market. Food will come from local area organic growers (including participating members of Redland Organics), community gardens and backyard growers. The market will also sell edible and native plants.

Mario Yanez, director of Earth Learning, explained the need for another new market. “The Community Food Summit [held in July at Miami Dade College] made it clear to us that our community needed more outlets that insured access to local, sustainably-grown foods. We decided we could redefine what a Farmers’ Market can be: for us it is about building community around good, real food in a manner that ensures the viability our local farmers that grow our food, and take care of our soils and our natural systems with responsible farming practices.”

Earth Learning is very involved in the startup of this new market, which will be managed by members of Community FoodWorks, a new program developed by Earth Learning and funded by a three year USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Grant. Mario Yanez is very proud of this undertaking. “We have just begun with our first class of apprentices in our Community FoodWorks program. They will learn to grow food in unconventional ways using permaculture methods in underutilized spaces throughout the Greater Miami area, and they will be the new wave of social entrepreneurs rebuilding our local food economy.” The new market is the first expression of this new wave of entrepreneurialism, and has major community support. “The South Miami Farmers’ Market idea grew out of the South Miami Green Task Force, which Earth Learning had the pleasure of attending regularly,” Mario explained. “Health Foundation of South Florida is providing some funding, and many local organizations such as South Miami Hospital are strong supporters.”

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Earthfest 2010

In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Miami-Dade Parks, Earth Learning, and Expand the Love present the annual Earthfest 2010, an annual festival promoting all things ecologically sustainable, on Sunday, April 18, noon – 6 p.m., at Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center, located at the north beach entrance of Crandon Park, 6767 Crandon Blvd., in Key Biscayne.

The free, day-long annual event will feature the very best vegetarian and vegan foods, live performances, workshops, “green” vendors offering earth-friendly products, an electronics recycling center, and environmental educational organizations. Redland Organics will be there selling fresh herbs, heirloom tomatoes, carrots, dried fruit, honey and other late-season goodies. The Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures™ staff of naturalists will provide Eco Tram tours of the Bear Cut preserve and guided nature walks through the coastal hardwood hammocks of Crandon Park.

Workshops will be going on from noon to 5 p.m. on various topics including:

  • Raised bed organic gardening
  • Raw foods preparation
  • Introduction to permaculture design
  • Retrofitting your home for greater efficiency
  • Growing a food forest in your backyard
  • Qigong and Yoga
  • Every child outside
  • World Café
  • Deep ecology, and more

Earthfest will also feature musical and artistic performances by groups including Heavy Pets, Teri Catlin, Sosos, PHIsonica with Kavayah Amn and Xavier Hawk, Soulflower, Jai (formerly Soul Temple), Jude Papaloko, and Lucho performing an Earth healing ceremony hosted by Val Silidker. Performances are presented by Expand the Love.

There will also be a community drum circle and patrons are encouraged to bring a drum or other percussion instruments to participate.

Admission to Earthfest 2010 is free.  There is a $6 per car parking fee.  (There is a $1.50 toll on the Rickenbacker Causeway.)  Sorry, no pets! For more information on Earthfest 2010, please visit the website at www.earthfest.us, or call the Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center at 305-361-6767, ext. 112.

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