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For Immediate Release:
April 01, 2013
Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra

April Classes & Workshops at the Fruit & Spice Park

The Fruit & Spice Park is a tropical paradise that grows more than 500 varieties of sub-tropical fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables and nuts from around the world. In addition to its daily guided tours and special events, the Fruit & Spice Park offers a variety of specialty classes and workshops throughout the year. The Fruit & Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187th Avenue in Homestead.

The following classes and workshops are being offered in April 2013 at the Fruit & Spice Park:

Herbal Health Care
Sunday, April 7, 2013
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm; Cost: $15, Instructor: Miguel A. Cisneros-Abreu
Discover the uses of medicinal herbs and plant essential oils in today's health care. Special attention will be given to the issues of acid reflux, insomnia, pain management, headaches, sinus and colds. 

Establishing a Small Grove
Saturday, April 13, 2013
9:00 am to 12:00 pm; Cost: $25, Instructor: Chris Rollins
Learn how to create a fruit grove in South Florida! Topics include: planning, crop selection, security, equipment, legal requirements, harvest and marketing.

Beekeeping with a Master 1&2
Saturday, April 13, 2013
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm; Cost: $25, Instructor: Ramiro Blanco
Learn how to assemble a beehive and how to establish a new colony! Beginners welcome. Registration required for ordering supplies and tools.

Medicinal Herbs at Home
Sunday, April 14, 2013
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm; Cost: $15, Instructor: Miguel A. Cisneros-Abreu 
Create a nontoxic home and work environment for better health. Plant-based product formulation and product blending will be demonstrated. Topics include: cleaning products, personal products and natural insect repellent.

Moringa, Miracle Plant
April 27, 2013
9:00 am to 10:30 am, Cost: $15.00, Instructor: Deanne Zradie
Get a complete understanding of the Moringa. This useful edible tree has many new medicinal and technical uses that are just being made known.  The leaves, flowers, fruits and roots are edible.  Cuttings of several related species of Moringa will be distributed to participants from the Fruit & Spice Park Collection.

Children's Cane Pole Fishing Tournament
Saturday, April 27, 2013
9:30 am to 11:00 am; Cost: $5, Coordinator: Park Masterson
This is for little fisherman ages 4 to 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children will pick out and cut their own bamboo fishing pole from the bamboo forest at the Park. This is a catch and release activity. Limited Capacity; Please register early.

Flowering Trees
Saturday, April 27, 2013
10:30 am to noon, Cost: $15, Instructor: TBA
Explore the many exotic flowering trees that provide beauty, fragrance, cooling shade, wildlife attraction and privacy. Workshop includes landscaping recommendations, tree requirements and benefits.

For more information, or to register for a class or workshop, please call 305-247-5727.

About the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit