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, and watering

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

Saturday 11:00-noon – Calabaza for South Florida (Geoffrey Meru, PhD, Vegetable Crop Breeding Genetics & Genomics, UF/IFAS Tropical Research & Education Center)
Get the latest information on the performance of various calabaza selections in Miami-Dade County

Saturday 11:15-12:15 pm – Easy Cooking with Seasonal Veggies (Thi Squire, Manager, Grow2Heal Program, Homestead Hospital)
Here’s tips on how to make quick and easy dishes anytime with whatever’s in season. No recipe required!

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.
Do you like to cook? Show off your culinary skills in this fun competition! All ages welcome; teams of 2 accepted. To apply please contact Thi Squire

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

Saturday 3:00-4:00 pm – Early Days of the UF/IFAS Hemp Program (Zachary Brym, PhD, Hemp Program 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:


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 11:30-12:30pm – What’s it take to Raise a 4-H Show Animal? (Miami-Dade 4-H Livestock Club)
Find out what it takes to raise and show an animal and bring home the prize!

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

* Lisa Dorfman (The Running Nutritionist) * Chef Drew Thomason (Executive Chef, Homestead Hospital) * Johnson Teh (Lan PanAsian Cafe) * Rod Knight (Executive Chef, West Kendall Baptist Hospital) * TBA

Sunday 2:30-3:30 pm – Cooking with the Other Hemp (Ellen Kanner, Soulful Vegan writer)
Learn how to power up the nutrition and taste of your dishes with hemp seed oil and hemp hearts

Sunday 2:30-3:30 pm – Survival Skills (Boy Scout Troop 248)
Learn how to use local and ancient plants to make rope and other survival techniques

Sunday 2:30-3:30 pm – Breadfruit and Climate Change (Patrick Garvey, Grimal Grove)

Sunday 3:30-4:15 pm – Dr. Perrine and the history of Sapodilla (Nispero) in South Florida (Robert Barnum, Possum Trot Tropical Fruit Nursery)

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 preparing quick, delicious dishes emptying your pockets

Kids’ Activities

Visit Boy Scout Troop 248
Dade County Farm Bureau



Grant Livingston – local Singer / Songwriter – acoustic guitar, folk music, event emcee
Elviza Pelvis, Mike Hatcher, et al – Stone Age Music Society – bluegrass
Bob Bonnen – Singer / Guitarist, Favorites and Oldies
David Feder – acoustic guitar / A Sophisticated Fusion of Rhythmic Flamenco
and Contemporary Guitar Music

SATURDAY October 19

10 am; noon  –  Bob Bonnen
11 am; 2 pm  –  Grant Livingston
1 pm; 3 pm  –  Stone Age Music Society

SUNDAY October 20

10 am; noon  –  David Feder
11 am; 2 pm  –  Grant Livingston
1 pm; 3 pm  –  Stone Age Music Society

Daily Giveaways – door prizes

11:15 am, 2:15 pm, and 4:15 pm
Satruday and Sunday