Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fairway Park and Community Garden: Miramar, Florida

A little over a month ago, The City of Miramar had its Grand Opening for the Fairway Park and Community Garden. This community garden project was the idea of Mayor Lori Moseley. Mayor Moseley envisioned a project that would strengthen the community bonds immediately surrounding the new park, while providing a sustainable and environmentally sound source of fresh foods. Here is a presentation that the City made leading up to the Grand Opening.

A terrific overview by the City can be found here. You will find out about the garden, its sponsors and its volunteers. The volunteer application is closed as of today but will reopen as necessary.  You can also find out about the crops being grown there, learn how this project is green in many ways, and see a ton of ongoing photos. The photo above is from the Grand Opening and can be found amongst those on the linked page.

The garden's address, located in Fairway Park is:

Miramar Community Garden
3700 Largo Drive
Miramar, FL 33023
(954) 967-1611

Apparently this is just one of many things the City of Miramar is doing to be a Green city. Here is a list of many of the projects and initiatives that are in the works.

On a final note, and completely related, as I was doing research for this piece, I came across this really cool blog called South Florida Challenges. This guy is basically doing what the Miramar Community Garden is doing, but in his own back yard. He's trying to turn his Miramar back yard into an organic sustainable garden, and invites you to learn as he has from his triumphs and tribulations. There are lots of great photos and lessons, including how to take care of the insects (something I need to learn), so if this is something you've been thinking about or are inspired, check it out!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Independence Day: July 4, 2010, Miramar, Florida

I spent the last 20 minutes digging around the internet for some information about picnics and activities and fireworks that are going to take place in Miramar, Florida this year. (You didn't think I was going to say Tulsa, Oklahoma, did you?) I also double and triple-checked the spelling for "Independence" despite being 99.9% confident I knew my spelling was correct. You see, for three days now, I've passed the parents' message board at my kid's school (daycare) that wished me a Happy Independance Day, but of course that is in Pembroke Pines. LOL.

Anyway, it seems in the past few years there were contests and activities and concerts and pie-eating contests, but I didn't find any of that this year. They may exist, and if you know something I don't, please tell me. But it appears to me that this year will be more low-key, as the City of Miramar is suggesting you make the evening into a family picnic, bringing your own refreshments and blankets and watching the 9pm fireworks display afterward.

This is directly from the City's website:

July 4th 2010

The City of Miramar and All Service Refuse will celebrate Independence Day on July 4th with a special fireworks display at 9 p.m. at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway.

Make it a very special family evening picnic and bring your own refreshments, blankets and chairs. Safety regulations prohibit fireworks, glass bottles, sparklers and animals at this event.

Admission to the park is $1.50 per person. Children 5 and under are free.

For further information, please call (954) 602-3319.

Anyway, besides the fireworks, I hope all of you will be displaying an American Flag where you live and spend some time teaching your children what the Fourth of July is all about. Besides just the historical aspects, teach them the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star-Spangled Banner and a few other patriotic songs like God Bless America and how to properly display and fold the Flag.

Pledge of Allegiance

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Have a wonderful holiday! Be safe! Watch your kids! Don't drink and drive!