Food & Gardening

Home Composting

Home composting of yard waste and select kitchen waste takes materials that could wind up in a landfill and converts it into compost, a useful product for our South Florida gardens.
 It also avoids the energy and carbon emissions associated with transportation of this material to a centralized final disposal site.

Anything that was a plant can be composted!

Miami-Dade County's Public Works and Waste Management Department will soon host home composting workshops in cooperation with the Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension.

Looks like composting and gardening workshops will take place in August and September, 2016. Click the Cooperative Extension's link, above, and scroll through the calendar for dates.

Home composting


The Miami-Dade County Adopt-A-Tree program is back, this summer! For information on this great environmental program, visit their page by clicking HERE.  Additional dates may be forthcoming. Keep checking back!


"Butterfly Seeds" Are Back! Click here for more information! And for more information about Monarch butterflies, please visit

Recommended Reading:

Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm Cookbook is your guide to enjoying over 90 different crops grown by community-supported agriculture (CSA) farms across North America. With this book, you’ll never wonder what to do with your CSA box again.

This is a comprehensive resource, whether you get your produce from a CSA box, farmers market, or grocery store. Arranged by season, Bounty from the Box contains over 350 delicious recipes—many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. Each crop features extensive information on nutrition, selection, storage, cleaning, cooking techniques, and serving ideas.

Far more than just a cookbook, Bounty also gives readers deep insight into what it takes to get food from seed to plate. It showcases exceptional American CSA farms that strengthen their communities by providing not just food but also employment, education, housing, environmental stewardship, compassion, and hope. And dozens of essays explore topics about farming, food politics, cooking, and nutrition.

Get a signed copy at our Market Information Tent or order one here!


Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is an easy-to-use guide to growing edibles in the Sunshine State. Full-color images illustrate the more than 25 fruits and berries featured, and there are also more than 35 recommendations for the best vegetables to grow in this sometimes challenging climate. Helpful growing tips, icons, charts, and maps assist gardeners in planting the right edibles for their exact Florida location.  Get it at Amazon.


Written by our own Urban Oasis Project founder Melissa Contreras together with Ginny Stibolt, this is your Florida backyard organic gardening bible!

From the back cover:
“A wonderful and well-researched book that describes all aspects of organic gardening, from seed to harvest, as well as how to gather seeds from your labors for subsequent years. This book will help you create a garden that will produce food for yourself and your family, whether you live in Florida or not.” —Nell Newman, president of Newman’s Own Organics

“With demand and desire exploding for fresh, healthful, locally grown produce, Ginny and Melissa are right on time. Hold a copy close, dig a plot, and grow your own!” —Michel Nischan, president of Wholesome Wave

Get it at University Press of Florida or at Amazon.


From edible South Florida Magazine: "Whether you’re exploring South Florida’s backyards or backwoods, you’ll need a guide to help you navigate and identify edible plants. Forager: A Subjective Guide to Miami’s Edible Plants by Tiffany NoĆ© and George Echevarria, includes pictures and descriptions to serve as a road map for your discoveries.
Many of the edible plants covered here include familiar subtropical backyard fruit trees and shrubs – banana, canistel, loquat, lychee, mamey, sapodilla, papaya and starfruit – as well as ornamentals that also have edible fruit: seagrape, monstera and Surinam cherry, to name a few examples.
The guide, published by Jai-Alai Press, is available at Plantmatter."


From the cover: "Steven M. Druker is a public interest attorney who initiated a lawsuit that forced the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods."
If you are wondering how "genetically modified" foods came to be this book is a must. The author writes clearly, the text is very accessible.

From the Introduction: "In early 1996, I did something few Americans were then doing: I decided to learn the facts about the massive venture to restructure the genetic core of the world's food supply. And the more I learned, the more I became concerned."

An interesting contribution to the ongoing conversation.