Late October starts feeling like fall here, and there’s one event here that truly celebrates the very best of outdoor South Florida – subtropical flora, pleasant temps, the pastoral beauty of the Redland – and throws in homespun artisan products, edible plant sales and a friendly, laid-back vibe. The annual GrowFest! at Fruit and Spice Park, Oct. 18-19, is organized by Margie Pikarsky and her team at Bee Heaven Farm: “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.”
Every year, GrowFest! has gotten bigger and better, with more vendors and booths. This year, there’s a smart combination of practical (plant clinic, showerhead and lightbulb exchange, plant advice) with cultural (mango poetry, community art on Sunday and the screening of “Hungry for Justice” a documentary about social justice issues for agricultural workers presented by Florida Organic Growers). We’ll be there too, with our brand-new fall issue, so do stop by to say hello and pick up your copy.
Here are some of this year’s highlights:
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