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GrowFest! Festival Schedule – Redland GrowFest!
August 3, 2017

GrowFest! Festival Schedule

2019 Festival schedule

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 19 & 20
Festival hours:    9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location: Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave, Redland, FL 33031

Workshops, Presentations, Demos

Check back often for updates as the schedule develops! 


Saturday 10:00-10:30 am – Are Your Fruit Trees Stressed Out? Surviving & Recovering from Extreme Weather (Jonathan Crane, PhD, Tropical Fruit Crop Specialist, UF/IFAS Tropical Research & Education Center)
Fill your coping toolbox with tools and techniques to help you avoid and treat drought stress, flood stress, cold/freeze/heat stress, and hurricane/wind stress, such as site and plant selection, mounding, pruning, mulching, covering, watering, and pruning

Saturday 10:30-11:15 am – Plant Your Tropical Fruit Tree in 5 Easy Steps – a demonstration (Jeff Wasilewski, MS, Tropical Fruit Extension Agent)

Saturday 11:15-12:15 pm – Easy Cooking with Seasonal Veggies (Thi Squire, Manager, Grow2Heal Program, Homestead Hospital)

Saturday 12:45-2:00pm  –  Amateur Local cookoff challenge
amateurs & student teams + limited ingredients + a mystery box of locally-grown food + 3 judges = challenging creative expression using our local seasonal bounty.

Saturday 2:00-3:30 pm –  Rain Barrel Workshop (Barbara McAdam, Urban Horticulture Program Specialist, Florida Friendly Landscaping, UF/IFAS Florida Yards & Neighborhoods)
Learn how harvesting rainwater can help reduce pollution from stormwater runoff and provide a supply of free, non-chlorinated water for your garden, prize orchids, potted plants, and much more! Rain barrels available for purchase with advance workshop registration – sign up here
Bring your old shower heads and incandescent light bulbs to exchange at the workshop


Sunday 10:00-11:00 am – Early Days of the UF/IFAS Hemp Program (Zachary Brym, PhD, Project Coordinator, UF/IFAS Tropical Research & Education Center)
The UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project has completed its first field season. Research includes variety trials, propagation, pest and disease screening, and invasion risk assessment. Information from the early days of hemp research at UF will be shared and is also available at: programs.ifas.ufl.edu/hemp

Sunday 11:30-12:30 pm – Hemp in Florida: Everything You Need to Know (Jeffrey Block, MD, Florida Master Gardener and an agricultural & medical healthcare science physician expert)

Sunday 12:45-2:00 pm – Chefs’ Local Cookoff Challenge
5 top chefs + limited ingredients + a mystery box of locally-grown food + 3 judges
= a recipe for exciting creations with the unique seasonal foods of South Florida


All day Saturday and Sunday

Master Gardeners will be on hand at the Plant Clinic to help with growing questions

UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program – Eating Easy and Healthy on a Budget
SNAP-Ed staff will provide tips on eating healthier and showing how to prepare quick, delicious dishes on a budget

Kids’ Activities



Saturday & Sunday 10-4 Listen to local musicians and songs about

* event emcee local singer/songwriter Grant Livingston *

Daily Giveaways – door prizes

11:45 am, 2:00 pm, and 4:15 pm