Green Community Calendar weekend events: Natural pest control class, home brew workshop and InGREEDients screening, green markets, and more!

Ybor Saturday Market- Every Saturday; 9 am-3 pm (year-round). You’ll be sure to find great produce at great prices, gourmet foods and sauces, fresh baked breads, fresh eggs, prepared foods, orchids, herbs and plants, pet treats, honey, unique gifts, photography, artwork, jewelry, woodworking, bath and body products, candles, and so much more. Centennial Park at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 19th Street, Ybor.

Land O’Lakes Saturday Market- Every Saturday; 9 am-2 pm (through May). The Land O’Lakes Saturday Market is a weekly community event with live music. Land O’ Lakes Saturday Market donates profits to the Heritage Park Foundation and the Suncoast Harvest Food Bank. We are located at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, on the west side of US 41 – Land O’ Lakes Blvd., three miles north of SR 54 (across from the Land O’ Lakes Post Office- Directions).

Guided Hike at Weedon Island Preserve- Every Saturday; 9-11 am. Guided hikes through coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems of the Preserve are held on most Saturdays of the month. Join us to learn about the coastal environment and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve. Be sure to bring water and a snack for this 2-hour hike. A hat and closed-toe shoes are also recommended. Reserve your space by 2 pm on the Friday prior to the tour of choice. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Recommended ages: 6 and up. Weedon Island Preserve- 1800 Weedon Drive N.E. St. Petersburg, FL 33702. (727) 453-6500.

Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve- Every Saturday; 9-11 am. Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Join us for this 0.75 mile walk as we look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike. Admission: Free. All ages welcome – children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging. 3940 Keystone Rd. Tarpon Springs, FL 34688. (727) 453-6800.

Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project- Saturday, May 22; 10:30 am. Pinellas County Extension is conducting a citizens’ education project with faculty from the University of Florida. This project aims to provide education and materials to our residents to help them save money on their energy bill. Energy savings benefit the end-user as well as the environment, everybody wins! This class will provide tips and incentives to making your home more energy efficient, while still maintaining the same level of comfort. Energy saving devices will be provided to all participants. Largo Library- 120 Central Park Dr.

Saturday Grill at Whole Foods- Saturday May 22; 11 am-3 pm. The cold weather is gone, the sunshine is back! Please join us every Saturday in May for our Saturday Grill. Our chefs will feature grilled chicken, grilled burgers (cow, buffalo, and fish), bratwurst, veggie burgers, hot dogs and more along with sides and drinks. We will offer a different menu each weekend with special pricing. So stop by and fill up! Whole Foods Market Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy.

[image-1]Companion Planting and Natural Pest Control Workshop- Saturday, May 22; 12-2 pm. Aphids ate the tomatoes? Cut worms munching on melons? Join us at Twigs and Leaves Nursery for unique, two-hour course on companion planting to attract pollinators and to deter harmful bugs. Successful organic gardening requires a knowledge of what insects will work to improve yields instead of destroy them. The course will take place on Saturday, April 17 from 12-2pm. Course fee is $35 per person or $100 for a four-course series, Student fee $20 per course or $75 for four-part series. For further information or a class schedule, visit or 727-793-5766. Twigs n Leaves Nursery- 1013 Dr. Martin Luther King St. South in St. Petersburg.

Home Brew Workshop with Roberto and InGREEDients Screening- Saturday, May 22; 5 pm. Join the last workshop of the season at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm which will include a 'how-to' on home brewing and a screening of the food documentary InGREEDients with the film's director, Dave Burton. 6942 W. Comanche Ave, Tampa.

Corey Ave. Sunday Market- Every Sunday; 9 am-2 pm. The now-annual market returns with more fresh produce, plants and flowers, crafts, foods and live music. Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach.

Organic Community Farm's Sunday Market- Every Sunday (through May); 12-4 pm. Our on-site market features organic produce harvested fresh from our own farm, as well as organic fruits and veggies from other farms. Every week you can enjoy native plants, organic vegetable transplants, and unique products from green vendors and artisans including; fresh baked goods, local honey, homemade soaps, handmade jewelry, organic coffees, veggie burgers and fruit smoothies. You can also enjoy our wonderful 'Sweetwater Sunday Music Series' featuring some of the best local musicians and our popular open mic. So come check it out! Shop for your produce and environmentally-friendly products, have a picnic lunch, meet like-minded individuals, and enjoy our orchard and gardens under the trees all while listening to some great live music! Bring your friends, family, and leashed dogs. It's a great way to support local programs, agriculture and business. 6942 W. Comanche Ave, Tampa.

Be sure to check out our guide to the weekly green/farmers' markets in the Tampa Bay Area!

Looking for something green-related to do this weekend? Look no further than our own Green Community Calendar.

Tampa Downtown Market- Fridays (through May); 10 am-2 pm. The vision of the Tampa Downtown Market is to provide local residents and businesses of the community with the freshest, highest quality, most nutritious, and most reasonably priced food & gourmet products. The mission of the Tampa Downtown Market is to serve as a community-gathering place where local farmers, producers, and artisans can offer fresh agricultural and related products to generate a sense of local pride and further the economic development of Downtown Tampa. With a strong focus on sustainability, the Tampa Downtown Market intends to provide a vehicle to educate the community on the importance of good health as we create more business opportunities and residential benefits. Located in Lykes Gaslight Square- Tampa St. & Kennedy Blvd., Downtown Tampa.

Vegan Field Roast Five Ways- Friday, May 21; 6:30-7:30 pm. Whether your vegan or not, you won’t want to miss this class with Chef Stephanie, our Prepared Foods Team Leader as she demonstrates two separate methods for preparing our traditional field roast. She will also discuss three other recipes. This is a class and tasting. Free event. Registration required at store exit lobby or [email protected] Event is limited to 30 people. Free event. Whole Foods Market Tampa- 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy.

Dunedin Green Market- Every Saturday (May-July 17); 7:30 am- 12:30 pm. Featuring fresh, local produced goods such as baked good, ready-to-eat-foods, organic plants and herbs, coffee, honey, seafood, clothing, and so much more. The Dunedin Green Market is located in Pioneer Park at the cross streets of Douglas Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Dunedin.

St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market- Every Saturday; 9 am to 2 pm (through May). Featuring locally grown fresh produce, prepared foods, tempting baked goods, plants, flowers, herbs, handcrafted gifts, live music, and more! Downtown St. Petersburg in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot / 1st Ave. S and 1st St. Open October 3 through May 29.

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