Hundreds gathered in Downtown Homestead to forge a deeper connection with our environment at the third annual Homestead Eco Fair. Homestead residents, tourists, and families sampled local organic food, learned about South Florida ecosystems, and enjoyed a wide variety of performances and activities.
The Homestead National Parks Trolley, which provides free ranger-guided tours and free admission to nearby Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, was over capacity during its tours at the event. The Trolley program, spearheaded by Councilman Stephen Shelley, will continue to offer free rides and admission every weekend through April 30, 2017.
The Homestead Eco-Fair, organized by the City of Homestead in partnership with Homestead Main Street, offered a chance for residents and visitors to connect with nature and celebrate Homestead’s leadership in environmental stewardship. As the Gateway to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks, the City of Homestead has a long-standing commitment to ensuring a high quality environment for its residents and future generations.
Miami–based improv troupe Front Yard Theatre Collective delighted children and adults alike with special eco-themed improv games and kids’ activities, including art made from recycled materials. The event also featured live music from Empress Addi & Friends, a South Florida jazz group that captivates listeners with stunning vocals , and performances from the Homestead City Ballet.
Miami-Dade County residents were able to exchange three old light bulbs for energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs and exchange up to two water-wasting showerheads for water efficient models thanks to the Miami-Dade County Extension Office. Homestead Public Services Energy division was also there to discuss energy efficiency, energy rebates, free home energy surveys, the surge protection program, and their own light bulb exchange.
Parents and children also took advantage of Kiwanis Club of Homestead/South Dade's "Just One Book" program. The Kiwanis gave away free children's books to attendees. Om-Stead yoga hosted an outdoor yoga demonstration that explored the connection between health, nature, and fitness.
For more information on the Homestead National Parks Trolley, running every weekend through April 30, 2017, visit www.cityofhomestead.com/gateway