Want to start a community or backyard garden? The best way to learn how is from those who already do it successfully.
Sunday, May 5, Urban Growers Community Farm along with the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden in Lake Worth will co-host the “Local Foods – Local Gardens” free event.
The afternoon seminars, book signings and demonstrations cover vegetable and fruit gardening, beekeeping, goat herding, organics, worm farming and much more. Locally produced products will be sold.
Here is the tentative schedule of events.
1 p.m. Ginny Stibolt and Melissa Contreras – book signing
With food costs on the rise, people are turning to their own backyards for affordable and delicious produce. In this book, Ginny Stibolt, expert botanist, and Melissa Contreras, Founder of Urban Oasis Project of Miami, Florida and Master Gardener, provide simple and accessible advice for successful vegetable gardening in Florida. Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida, University Press of Florida, is available here from the authors.
1:45 p.m. John Zahina – Just One Backyard
John Zahina a grandson of an immigrant homesteader on the Iowa prairie now lives in West Palm Beach and is attempting to grow all of the vegetables he needs for an entire year from his own backyard. With “Just One Backyard” John sets a stellar example to a community of people who wish to do something special with their backyards, something that will give food or create habitat for wildlife. Hear his story at his presentation.
2:45 p.m. JoJo Milano – Goodness Gracious Acres/Delilah’s Dairy
Blurring the lines between work and play every day – Jojo Milano of Goodness Gracious Acres and Delilah’s Dairy will teach us all about her love of “dairy” goats, the delights they bring and how not all goats are created equal. Goodness Gracious!! Don’t miss this demonstration!
3:30 p.m. Michael Madfis – Fort Lauderdale Vegetables
Founded by former architect Michael Madfis, Fort Lauderdale Vegetables works on the principle that local farms and farmers are fundamental to community building, improving the environment, a source of safe reliable food and creating economical living wage careers in sustainable agriculture. Lend an ear and turn your thoughts toward an inspiring message about the possibilities of true Urban Agriculture!
Experts at the event will be on hand to take questions. Local food products for sampling will be available. They include:
- Community Gardens – Brian Kirsch – Gray Mockingbird Community Garden
- Urban Agriculture – Michael Madfis – Fort Lauderdale Vegetables
- Backyard Organic Farming – John Zahina – Just One Backyard
- Aquaculture – Cynric Johnson – Golden Pharms
- Mushroom Farming – Michael Johnson – Oyster Island Mushroom, LLC
- Raw Foods – Nina Raw Chef Kauder – Possibilities with Garden Produce
- Sustainable Meats – Robert and Paula Farriss – Farriss Farm
- Beekeeping – Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association
- Goatkeeping – Jojo Milano – Goodness Gracious Acres/Delilah’s Dairy
- Poultry – Pat Coffey – Coffey House Family Farm
- Local Foods – Trish Strawn – Growing Synergy
- Worm composting – Nancy Boyle – Organic Answers
(More coming, not listed at post time.)
Vegetarian foods will be offered for sale from the Veggie Love food truck of Ft. Pierce, prepared by Chef Alison Murphy.
Local Food – Local Gardens
- 1-5 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2013
- Gray Mockingbird Community Garden at the Scottish Rite Center, 2000 N. “D “St., Lake Worth
- Free, open to the public.