Vizcaya and Edible South Florida
Honor Local Farmers
Mixologist Gabe Uruttia complemented the selection with Deering-era cocktails while Earth and Sugar Bakery, as well as Tea N Sanity, delighted with sweet creations. Hungry Harvest, a company dedicated to fighting food waste and the newest partner to join this effort, provided produce for the dinner. Health in the Hood, a 2017 Dinner for Farmers award winner, also showcased their new garden project in Overtown as the evening's education spotlight.
Excellence in Education Honorees:
Moon and Stars Farm: This South Dade farm instructed students – kindergarten through eighth grade – in growing, seeding, composting, harvesting, selling at a mini farmers market, cooking and even making ferments.
Robert Is Here: This long-running family business has made educating its customers about tropical fruits part of its brand but has also extended this practice to school groups and tour groups.
Little River Cooperative: Knowing the lack of land accessibility and hands-on learning opportunities, this organization set up a farmer incubator program providing small beginner plots for subleasing and trained participants in everything from basic farming skills to marketing in order to help them grow their businesses. and trained participants in everything from basic farming skills to marketing in order to help them grow their businesses.
The Education Fund: Excelling at both innovation and education, this group’s school food forest program has taken a unique approach to impact the lives of 34,000 Miami-Dade school children. In addition to teaching students, the program also trains cafeteria staff and provides harvest bags that allow students to take produce home to their families. As a result, students gained better eating habits, improved knowledge of nutrition and even better science scores.
ABOUT VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENSVizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering to engage our community and its visitors in learning through the arts, history and the environment. Built between 1914 and 1922, Vizcaya is one of the most intact remaining examples from this era in United States history, when the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs built estates inspired by the stately homes of Europe. Vizcaya features a Main House filled with a decorative art collection, 10 acres of formal gardens, a Rockland hammock (native forest), mangrove shore, and a historic village that is being restored to tell Vizcaya’s full story and provide additional spaces for programs and community outreach, including those on agriculture. Vizcaya has been a community hub since it opened to the public in 1953; it currently welcomes about 300,000 visitors annually.
Located on Biscayne Bay at 3251 South Miami Avenue, Vizcaya is open Wednesday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information, visit www.vizcaya.org, connect via social media, or call 305-250-9133.