Edible Orlando On Stage at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival


Ever wonder what lessons the garden might hold for children, or how to share your love for gardening with a child in your life? Local educators have pondered these questions tenfold, and this weekend on the Greenhouse Stage at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, they’ll share what they’ve learned in a free presentation for festival guests.  At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from March 21-23, Edible Orlando publisher Kendra Lott will host Edible Education, presentations by educators from Orange and Seminole counties who have started garden programs in their schools and integrated its teachings into the classroom.

You don’t have to be a teacher — or even have a garden — to get kids excited about how food grows and what plants can teach them.  These experts will share tips for how to grow food using everyday household items, design your own pizza garden, or just become an expert the next time you visit a local farm, garden or farmers’ market. The weekend’s presenters will include Brad Jones and Sarah Cahill of the Edible Schoolyard at Orlando Junior Academy in College Park (3/21); Jason LeFebvre and Elske Palmer of Dommerich Elementary in Maitland (3/22);  and MaryLynn Hess of Goldsboro Elementary in Sanford with Melodie Griffin of Action for Healthy Kids (3/23).

From April 25-27, Edible Orlando‘s editors Katie Farmand and Pam Brandon will join their co-author Heather McPherson of the Orlando Sentinel to welcome area farmers featured in their cookbook Field to Feast. April’s lineup will include Dora from Maggie’s Herb Farm in St. Augustine, sharing her knowledge of and wonderful ways to use herbs; Dale Volkert of Lake Meadow Naturals in Ocoee, which is home to 65 hydroponic towers, many in-ground vegetables and fruit trees and a variety of organic produce; and Doug McGinnis, award-winning beekeeper and honey expert from Tropical Blossom Honey Co. in Edgewater.