GrowFest! Festival Schedule

2016 Festival schedule

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

Workshops, Presentations, Demos

Saturday, October 15:

  • 10:00 am  Monarchs and Milkweed – 11-year old 4-H member Danny Bravo presents his Monarch butterfly Way Stations preservation project, featured on HBO’s documentary “Saving My World”
  • 10:00 am Detection Dogs & Invasive Agro Pests – Lourdes Edlin – learn how those sensitive noses work to help find infestations early
  • 11:00 am  Goat Milking – Flair’s Fayre goatherd, Christina Nielsen, will show you how
  • 11:00 am  Asian Vegetables for South Florida – Dr. Qingren Wang, UF/IFAS commercial vegetable extension agent, shows us great, easy-to-grow vegetables that thrive in our climate
  • noon   Easy Cooking with Seasonal Vegetables – Thi Squire, Homestead Hospital’s Grow2Heal project manager, shows how to prepare fast and easy dishes with local veggies
  • noon  Aliens among us – Mark Fagan, FDACS, exposes eminent exotic invaders in our area
  • noon   What is 4-H? – The 4-H program and 4-H project presentations
  • 1:00 pm  Rain Barrel Workshop – Barbara McAdam, PA, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program (workshop is free, but advance registration is required to reserve a rain barrel @$40) Note: we can hold barrels for folks who would like to spend the afternoon at the event.
  • 1:00 pm Beekeeping – introduction for FIU VeSFO/Wounded Warrior Project participants
  • 1:30 pm  Students’ Local cookoff challenge – student teams + limited ingredients + a mystery box of locally-grown food + 3 judges = challenging our future chefs’ creative expression using our local seasonal bounty.
  • 3:00 pm  Home Composting – Adrian Hunsberger, UF/IFAS Urban Horticulture Agent/Entomologist/Master Gardener program coordinator, learn easy techniques for composting your food and yard waste. Pre-registration is free and encouraged here> Evenbrite  Miami-Dade residents will get a voucher for a free compost bin from Solid Waste (one per household)
  • 3:00 pm  Herbs for Attracting Pollinators – Carolyn Coppolo, Redland Herb Farm
  • All day   Master Gardener Plant Clinic
  • All day   Kids’ Activities – Farm Bureau and 4-H

Sunday, October 16:

  • 10:00 am Detection Dogs & Invasive Agro Pests – Lourdes Edlin – learn how those sensitive noses work to help find infestations early
  • 10:45 am  Goat Milking – Flair’s Fayre goatherd, Christina Nielsen, will show you how
  • 11:00 am  Pollinator Facts and Myths – Adrian Hunsberger, UF/IFAS Urban Horticulture Agent/Entomologist/Master Gardener program coordinator, discusses the importance of pollinators, what food crops insects pollinate and do some myth busting! You’ll learn how plants are pollinated – and it’s not just insects!
  • 11:30 am  Art of Kombucha – Buster, master booch crafter and owner of Counter Culture, will share his craft and samples
  • 12:30 pm  Herbs for Attracting Pollinators – Carolyn Coppolo, Redland Herb Farm
  • 12:30 pm  Planting and Care of  your Young Tropical Fruit Trees – Jeff Wasielewski, MS, UF/IFAS Tropical Fruit Extension Agent will do a show and tell, and actually plant a young tree in the park
  • 1:30 om  Aliens among us – Mark Fagan, FDACS, exposes eminent exotic invaders in our area
  • 1:30 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 foods of South Florida.
  • 2:30 pm   What is 4-H? – The 4-H program and 4-H project presentations
  • 3:00 pm Detection Dogs & Invasive Agro Pests – Lourdes Edlin – learn how those sensitive noses work to help find infestations early
  • All day   Master Gardener Plant Clinic
  • All day   Kids’ Activities – Farm Bureau and 4-H

Music

Singer/Songwriter Grant Livingston, South Florida’s Historian-in-Song
and GrowFest! Emcee
Local Bluegrass group Corn Country
Local student rock band
One Dimension

 

Daily Giveaways – door prizes

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

Fruit Tree, Jackfruit Curry meal for 2, basket of goat milk soaps, Starter garden kit, NatgrowthPlus,  Kombucha, 10lb bag of compost, 1 night stay at Paradise Farm’s Zen Bungalow, garden hat, decorative shopping bag, herb basket, bee-loving native plants, Garden seeds, Fruit & Spice Park memberships, plants, gift certificates and coupons