Sustainability Fair & Expo

The Sustainability Fair & Expo at the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival is an interactive model of engagement between South Florida businesses and festival attendees. Over the course of the weekend Green Businesses, featuring sustainable services and products, will work alongside non-profits to promote a sustainable future for Miami. There will be solar demos, bio-diesel education, urban farming workshops, and more. We welcome your organization to participate in any of the many available forms. Please contact Hilary Davis, our Sustainability Fair coordinator, with any questions or ideas in regards to your participation, at or call our office at 786.409. 5261.

photo by: Vincent Raffard

2014 Happenings:

Dade Recycling Drive

Bring your old electronics, gently used clothes, shoes or bags to the Dade Recycling Drive at the festival and you will be entered to win a pair of day passes to our 2015 festival! More info visit:

Bicycle Power Charging Station

Come pedal for your power!  Charge your phone or computer with a few minutes on a stationary bicycle, or get a friend to do the work while you check out the Sustainability Fair!

Bicycle maintenance & Repair with Magic City Bicycle Collective

Keep your bike on the road with some simple tools and safety lessons.

Running on Local

Author and activists, Lyle Estill and Carol Peppe Hewitt will lead a discussion about ways to create communities that truly “Run on Local.” Local food, local fuel, local financing, local currency and local friends. Join them, along with GrassRoots festival organizer Jordan Puryear for an inspiring workshop!

Saturday & Sunday 3pm in the Sustainability Pavilion

Home Beer Brewing

Take an introductory course in home brewing between dance sets!

Saturday 2pm at the Sustainability Tent

DIY Mosquito Traps

South Florida permaculture experts, Urbangro will show you how to keep those buzzing pests at bay the natural way.

Saturday 4pm at the Sustainability Tent

Wine Box Garden Workshop

Leslie from Urbangro will help you make an herb garden from a used wine box.  Urban living and limited space doesn’t mean you can’t have fresh food in your kitchen!

Saturday 5pm at the Sustainability Tent

Science of Composting

Join a Q & A with composting experts. Find out how and why the composting process works. Consider the prospect of making your urban home food scraps into full-circle fertilizer.

Sunday 1pm at the Sustainability Tent

Sourdough Bread Making Workshop

Learn how to keep a sourdough starter at home, for yummy homemade bread anytime you like!

Sunday 2pm at the Sustainability Tent

Seed Starts and DIY Flats

More full circle gardening practices with Urbangro!

Sunday 3pm at the Sustainability Tent

Perennial Vegetables for the Home Garden

Erika from Florida Edible Landscapes will lead a workshop about perennials for Floridians who want food from their gardens that returns year after year!

Sunday 4pm at the Sustainability Tent

2013 Expo Participants

Car2Go, a Miami car share company, will be onsite promoting their sustainable model of urban transpor- tation. They offer vehicles in neighborhoods from Coconut Grove to Little Havana for the environmentally conscious Miami driver.

305Green is a company that offers green-focused, sustainable business management in the Miami area. They help businesses achieve a Green Iden- tity through green initiatives, local networks of likeminded partner organizations, and consulting research.

Green Purchase Power is a shopping rewards program for green shoppers. They promote envi- ronmental awareness, encourage sustainability and support local businesses through America’s favorite pastime, shopping.

Fertile Earth Foundation is a composting worm farm and organization dedicated to educating Miami locals about eliminating waste and greening both communities and businesses. They are providing our kitchen composting for the second year in a row, as well as hosting a composting workshop on Sunday.

Emerge Miami is a collective of organizers who focus their efforts around bicycle and pedestrian safety in the city of Miami. Through advocacy, awareness ef- forts and organized rides to community events such as farmers’ markets, they promote local, sustainable liv- ing. This year they are organizing the Emerge Miami Freedom Parade on Sunday.

Magic City Bicycle Collective is a bicycle repair education center. Through volunteer efforts and donations, they provide a space and tools to help Miamians self-sufficiently maintain their green transportation.

Piedmont Biofuels will deliver many of our friends from North Carolina to the festival on a 55-passenger bio-diesel bus! They have teamed up with our Shakori Hills Festival for an exciting and Green commute south. Owner Lyle Estill will offer a biofuels workshop, “Small Stories, Big Changes.”

Slow Money is a micro-loan organization that pairs individuals with local, sustainable food proj- ects: the intersection of capital and community growth. Carol Hewitt, business owner, author and activist, will be on hand to offer an interactive tutorial on this innovative and growing paradigm.



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