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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 786.409. 5261.
Photo: Vincent Raffard
2015 Sustainability Happenings
SOLAR DEMOS & CHARGING STATION
Charge your cell phone on the beach while you learn about solar power and how you can use alternative energy in sunny South Florida!
BICYCLE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
Keep your ride running smooth with a tune-up station available on Saturday and Sunday. Remember, bikers receive half off Sunday tickets, proceeds to benefit Heart For Humanity. Bike valet on-site!
HERBAL MEDICINE ON THE ROAD
Join herbalist Julia Onnie-Hay of Bless Botanicals to explore herbal remedies for times of travel! Participants will sample some remedies used to keep us strong as we move through the world and will share their own wisdom as well. Saturday 2pm-3pm.
PEACE EDUCATION WORKSHOP AND FILM
The Global Peace Initiative will host a discussion about peace as a conscious practice, discuss community peace actions and show a short film about the work of peace leader Prem Rawat. Saturday 6pm-7pm.
EDIBLE FOREST GARDENS
Join Earth Learning and explore the integration of landscaping and homegrown food. Even city dwellers can use limited space to feed themselves! Sunday 1pm-2pm.
The Florida School of Holistic Living will help you explore traditional herbal practices from Latin America and the Caribbean including dieting with the plants, working with tropical weeds for addressing health issues and herbal bathes in this interactive class. Get to know three common weeds in tropical South Florida that are traditionally used in Latin American and the Caribbean for their medicinal and nutritive properties. Sunday 3pm-4pm.
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATION
Crown Electric will be on-site with an electric car and charging station demonstrating the ease and sustainable practices that make non-fossil fuel vehicles the wave of the future!
GARDENING WITH NATURE
Urbangro will offer Gardening with Nature from 3-4pm on Friday – focusing on the use of native plants and the importance of biodiversity to the home garden.
Urbangro will offer Urban Gardening from 1-2pm on Saturday – using creative ideas to maximize your space and feed your family!
Urbangro will offer Container Gardening from 3-4pm on Saturday – landlord doesn’t like soil in the bathtub? Use wine boxes and other small containers to grow herbs and greens even in the smallest apartments!
THE DUDE BREWS
Check out The Dude Brews as he brews a batch of beer on site! Aspiring home-brewers, beer aficionados, and curious minds are welcome to watch and participate in this process. The Dude will be narrating each step of the process, so that participants can leave armed with the knowledge needed to start making beers of their own!