KFME's Community Involvement
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Gardening with Kids
January 2015 - present
Children never stop to amaze me! Their genuine ways, insatiable quest for knowledge and continuos flow of energy are the reasons why I love teaching. There's not a dull moment in the garden. Children's sense of wonder makes the most insignificant creature to be the most exciting story of the day. Join us, on our journey through the world of gardening, we promise to keep you amused with our adventures and discoveries!
Pay it Forward
September 2014 - present
This is our way to say, Thank You Camille and Michael Geraldi for making the world a better place! —The Possible Dream Foundation is a family of more than 40 loving special needs individuals, led by Camille and Michael Geraldi, who have exceeded expectations by leaps and bounds. The Geraldis take in the medically challenged, no matter how severe, and help give them a skill and purpose.
If you could help people achieve their dreams in some way . . . would you do it WITHOUT any expectations of getting anything at all back in return? We believe that helping others achieve their dreams makes giving so much more rewarding than getting! We encourage you to try, sometimes it only takes the return of a smile or a kind word to empower someone to be courageous, determined and ready to face any obstacles that might come their way.
Más Allá del Jardín ~ A biodynamic experience...
June 2013 - present
After many inquiries from Spanish speaking children and adults about gardening, we created this blog fill with fun-to-read anecdotes and beautiful pictures. With this blog we wanted to bring to you the remarkable experience of biodynamic gardening —One of the first sustainable agriculture movements, it treats soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock care as ecologically interrelated tasks, emphasizing ethical and spiritual perspectives. Biodynamics was first developed in the early 1920s based on the spiritual insights and practical suggestions of the Austrian writer, educator and social activist Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), whose philosophy is called “anthroposophy.” Today, the biodynamic movement encompasses thousands of successful gardens, farms, vineyards and agricultural operations of all kinds and sizes on all continents, in a wide variety of ecological and economic settings.
Girl Scouts ~ Troop 361 Celebrates Earth Day!
Friday, April 24, 2015
Girl Scouts – Troop 361 gains awareness about global warming its causes and effects and solutions with “Mother Earth Needs Our Help!” written by Esther Sampedro, founder of Kids for Mother Earth and illustrated by Sarah Vasquez. The story of Mother Earth became alive as a group of daisys, brownies, juniors and cadets following the readings of Eva Pantoja, a junior scout, paraded around the room holding with both hands large colorful cardboard characters represented of the book. The book reading was preceded by learning to play new games using only recycable items.
September 2013 – June 2014
Biodynamics is a worldwide movement for the renewal of agriculture based on an understanding of the spiritual forces at work in nature and in human social life. From this understanding, a particular form of organic farming has been developed that continues to grow and evolve around the world. The Pfeiffer Center’s One-Year, Part-Time Practical Training in Biodynamics consists of thirteen full-day workshops beginning in September and ending in June of the following year. Workshop days run from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and feature an engaging mix of classroom talks and field activities covering • making and applying the biodynamic preparations • working with compost • the rhythms of nature and planetary influences on life and growth • agricultural handwork and pruning • weed and pest control • the honeybee • and much more.
Gardening and Ecology
September 2011 – June 2014
A school garden is a rich environment for learning, a place where countless organisms become a unique window into a complex and fascinating world of ecosystems. Although not large, the garden at Sunrise School of Miami has great depth, as student investigations into the mysteries and miracles of soil, insect pollination and behavior, and plants and trees conservation will attest. Looking to the skies, there are opportunities to study clouds, weather patterns, and the birds that are drawn to the garden leafy green shade. Every year the garden beds are repair and new ones are build by the students. Compost collected in the school grounds through out the year is mixed with organic top soil to fill the beds. In these beds of exposed earth, vegetables grow—lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, eggplants, onions, potatoes, garlic, green peppers, basil, tomatoes, etc., planted by students who wait eagerly to taste their efforts. It has been a remarkable experience to witness how quickly children are able to establish deep bonds with nature when they are given the opportunity.
Doral’s 5th Annual Eco-Fair
Monday, April 21, 2014
Doral, FL – The City of Doral celebrates Earth Day during the 2014 City of Doral Eco-Fair, a community event. With approximately 40 exhibitors and eco-friendly resources, activities and educational booths, community members and families learned the different alternatives on how to go about their day in a sustainable way that will not harm the environment. The event took place on April 21, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at JC Bermudez Park, 3000 NW 87th Avenue. At the Eco-Fair children learned how to live a more “green” lifestyle. Children enjoyed plenty of educational activities, giveaways, music and entertainment.
Series of lectures on Climate Change
February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 2, 9, 16, 30; April 20, 27 2012
KFME presents a series of lectures on Climate Change to Middle School students at Sunrise School of Miami. Students were introduced to “Plastic Planet” a lecture on the pros and cons of plastic, its creation, usage and disposal; Global Warming, its causes and effects and how to slow it down; “The Air We Breathe” understanding our atmosphere and the repercussion of “deforestation”; Understanding – Our Ecological Footprint; What can you do? – Earth Care; Environmental Career Choices – Entomology; From Child Rights to Earth Rights, an activity to help develop students’ concept of rights and responsibilities.
KFME celebrates Earth Day at Doral’s 4th Annual Eco-Fair
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Doral, FL – The City of Doral once again celebrates Earth Day during the 2012 City of Doral Eco-Fair, a community event. With approximately 40 exhibitors and eco-friendly resources, activities and educational booths, community members and families learned the different alternatives on how to go about their day in a sustainable way that will not harm the environment. The event took place on April 21, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at JC Bermudez Park, 3000 NW 87th Avenue.At the Eco-Fair children learned how to live a more “green” lifestyle. Children enjoyed plenty of educational activities, giveaways, music and entertainment.
“Dia de las Profesiones” at Coral Way K-8
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Coral Way K-8 Center, the country’s first bilingual school, invites KFME for “Dia de las Profesiones” (Career Day). Children and teachers enjoy the reading of ¡La Madre Tierra Necesita Tu Ayuda! a children’s book written by Esther Sampedro, KLME Founder and Sarah Vazquez, illustrator.
“The Green Village of Choee”
Saturday, October 9, 2010
On October 9th, 2010 Camp Choee opens its doors to embrace the community of South Florida to this life changing innovating event. Join us in our travel adventure to the “Green Village of Choee” and take with you a lifetime souvenir, the power of change.
Come and learn about how to green-up your cleaning-up by replacing those hazardous cleaning products with environmentally safe and inexpensive ones; gain knowledge about composting and its many benefits including planting and managing your own vegetable garden; become aware of the many paybacks for you and the planet on conserving energy and water, plus, learn how to collect Mother Earth’s precious tear in a rain barrel. And last but not least, become skilled at putting to practice the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
The book Mother Earth Needs Our Help! written by Esther Sampedro, KFME founder and illustrated by Sarah Vasquez will be the highlight of the day. Children from the audience will participate by acting out some of the characters from the book with the help of colorful cardboards. This interactive reading will bring the audience together in a fun and entertaining manner.
Location: 11347 SW 160th St Miami, Florida 33157 ~ Date and Time: October 9th, 2010 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Girl Scouts – Troop 552
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Girl Scouts – Troop 552 gains awareness about global warming its causes and effects and solutions with “Mother Earth Needs Our Help,” a KFME presentation during their monthly troop meeting at Doral Middle School.
“Green Day Hialeah Fair”
Saturday, May 15, 2010
KFME is entering its second year participation in the “Green Day Hialeah Fair” with the City of Hialeah and Waste Services. Come out to participate, have fun and learn ways how to be green, educational booths and a great variety of exhibits as well as on-site green services. We look forward to seeing you there!
Location: Goodlet Park – 4200W 8th Avenue Hialeah, Fl (305) 889-5701
Time: Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Echo-Science Seminar” at St.Thomas Episcopal Parish School
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Global warming is real, its impacts can already be seen and America needs to take action now to confront the climate crisis. Local presenter Dr. John Parker, Florida international University will bring that message to the St.Thomas Episcopal Parish School on March 13 when he presents a talk on Global Warming its causes and effects and solutions. Other confirmed speakers include Kristen Maria Hebert, Dream in Green and Esther Sampedro, Kids for Mother Earth.
The “Echo-Science Seminar” promises to be an informative and engaging seminar for faculty and school administrators.
Location 5692 North Kendall Drive Coral Gables, FL 33156. Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Doral’s Earth Day Celebration Eco Fair Event
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Come out to participate, have fun and learn ways how to be green, educational booths and a great variety of exhibits as well as on-site green services. Kids for Mother Earth will be participating in this event.
Service Unit 15 Earth Day Event at Camp Choee, Homestead, Fl
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Service Unit 15 and Kids for Mother Earth celebrate Earth Day by hosting a small workshop on Global Warming at Girl Scout Camp Choee Pineland 11347 SW 160th Street Perrine FL, 33157.
Using large cardboard displays, videos and hands-on activities throughout, the Girl Scouts learned about our changing world, global warming, our carbon footprint, Florida and the rising seas, conserving energy and water, our wasteful ways and its devastating effects and last but not least, our endangered ecosystem.
Coral Gables Congregational Church “Mother Earth Needs Our Help” book reading and performance
Sunday, April 18, 2010
To commemorate Earth Day the Coral Gables Congregational Church invited Kids for Mother Earth to participate during their Sunday service - Integrity of Creation Sunday- by reading and acting out the story of Mother Earth Needs Our Help! This is KFME’s first publication.
Following the service, in a more intimate group KFME presented for the children and middle-schoolers, a short home made film on Global Warming its causes and effects and solutions.
“A Crazy World of Color” Miami Art Museum (MAM) Family Festival
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon on the Cultural Plaza and celebrate the beautiful colors of our world with music, games, face-painting, special exhibition tours and more. Featuring presentations by Kids Love Mother Earth and “Bounce, Ooo LaLa and Daniel” Juggling Variety Show.
“Make-A-Difference Day!” Whole Foods Market, Pinecrest, Fl
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Celebrate Earth Month at Whole Foods Market Pincrest’s first annual Make-a-Difference Day! Join over one dozen local environmental outreach groups, with missions to do good things for our communities, our families and our world!
Sierra Club – Green Mobility Network – Earth Save – Vegan Outreach – Miami Dade Parks & Recreation Eco Adventures -Earth Learning – Edible South Florida – Natural Awakenings – Miami Dade Dept. of Waste and Solid Management -Kids Love Mother Earth – Waste Management Recycle America and more
It’s Our Planet, Love It! three-day Encampment
March 19, 20 & 21, 2010
There are few things in life, I believe are worth spending time doing, and that is working with children. Their natural instinct is to help and to protect Mother Earth. Children understand quickly. Their willingness is contagious, their perseverance is powerful and their innocence is a blessing in disguise. There is nothing more rewarding to me, than seeing small little hands, making small little changes and taking charge at home, in school and in their neighborhoods.
Recently, I had the opportunity and the pleasure to work with the Girl Scouts of South Florida, Service Unit 15. Their camp managers and troop leaders agreed to make a difference for Mother Earth, during a 3-day encampment in March. “It’s Your Planet, Love It!” was the theme they took to heart. Everyday they “reduce” water, electricity and garbage; they “reuse” their mesh kits and they “recycle” plastic, glass, aluminum and cardboard. They enjoyed nature walks, came in close contact with free roaming peacocks and participated in a two-day environmental workshop.
The evening before the workshop begun, the Girls Scouts sat around a symbolic campfire made out of flashlights, while listening to the book Mother Earth Needs Our Help! written and published by Kids for Mother Earth (KFME). They learned about Global Warming, its causes and effects and most important, what actions to take to tackle the present climate crisis. The camp managers and troop leaders also benefited from a KLME presentation, gaining awareness about how to green-up their homes and make a difference to the health of their families and of course, that of the planet. One of their best actions was their decision to reduce their carbon footprint by having a one-day campfire event instead of a two-day tradition. Well-done troops!
Initiative, enthusiasm and determination can easily describe the approach taken by the Cadets in charged of each of the four stations. “She is called the Goldilocks Planet,” said Cadet Jessica, 15 years old pointing at a small Solar System mobile. “She is just the right SIZED SUN; just the right SIZED PLANET; just the right DISTANCE from the SUN.” Then, she went on to explain to each group of Daisies, Brownies and Cadets all about the right ingredients that make our Earth the perfect place to be.
Using large cardboard displays, videos and hands-on activities throughout, the Girl Scouts learned about our changing world, global warming, our carbon footprint, Florida and the rising seas, conserving energy and water, our wasteful ways and its devastating effects and last but not least, our endangered ecosystem. At the end of the workshop they created beautiful name frames with organic materials, glam bags out of old t-shirts, and painted pots for a snake plant—a gift from KFME. This plant absorbs indoor air pollution, a good addition to any room.
Our home planet is beautiful, miraculous, and possibly the most unique in the universe… Earth matters. Protecting her means preserving life!
What we do right now to tackle climate change could make a difference to the future of our planet. In the end, it is up to all of us to protect the world we live in. We can choose to wait and do nothing, or we act now and protect our future.
Troops 196, 203, 704 and 975 of Service Unit 15 choose to do their part and be the change. Putting into action an ancient and profound Native American wisdom—”Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” They are now empowered to make the right choices, to teach others and, to prove positive that one person can make all the difference in the world, each one of them proved this right!
Xavier Cortada’s Endangered World Installation
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Miami artist Xavier Cortada’s Endangered World: Biscayne National Park installation and the 80.15 W exhibit are now open at Biscayne National Park’s Convoy Point and the Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
On Sunday from 6-8 p.m., the public is invited to meet Cortada at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center for a full-moon reception featuring refreshments and a talk by the artist. The installation, exhibit and reception are all free and open to the public.
The installation is viewable from 7:00 am to 5:30 p.m. daily along the park’s roads and trails. The indoor exhibit is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
Hands Across the Sand
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Join 1Sky, Kids for Mother Earth, Emerge Miami and Surfrider as we unite to participate in Join “Hands Across the Sand!”.
This statewide day of action will take place on beaches across Florida to urge our U.S. senators as well as state legislators to vote down current proposals to allow any new offshore drilling in Florida. People will be joining hands on Miami Beach and forming a line spanning several blocks (as folks around the state do the same).
Bicyclists will meet at 10 AM at the OMNI metro station for a long ride around the upper northeast and northwest parts of Miami. For a shorter family-friendly ride, meet at 12 PM at OMNI metro station to ride over Venetian Causeway to South Pointe on Miami Beach (30 minute ride). You may also show up on foot at 1 PM as we gather at South Pointe Park at 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. Event runs from 10 AM – 2 PM.
Lets all come together to prevent further drilling that devastates beach property, our tourism economy and wildlife, and exacerbates climate change, while encouraging transportation alternatives to our fossil fuel economy!
Mother Earth Festival
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Stop by and join Kids for Mother Earth for story time and a presentation of our book “Mother Earth Need Our Help” at the Mother Earth Festival on January 23 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami, located at 7701 SW 76th Avenue. We look forward to seeing you there! For information on the festival please see our December 28 post.
Holiday Milk and Cookies Storytime
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Kids for Mother Earth has been invited to host a Holiday Milk and Cookies Storytime at Whole Foods Pinecrest. Children are encouraged to come in their pajamas, bring a blanket and snuggle up for storytime. Milk and cookies will be served and there may even be egg nog for the parents! Free.
“A Vigil for the Survival of Mother Earth”
Saturday, December 12, 2009
In union with others across the globe, Kids for Mother Earth is having a candlelight vigil at Matheson Hammock Park in Miami on Saturday, December 12 at 5pm.
Join us as we surround ourselves with the beauty of Mother Nature and walk for the survival of Mother Earth. All are welcome! Contact us for more information at (305) 607-7726.
Non-Profit Entrepreneurship Fair
Thursday, November 19, 2009
KFME is taking part in the Non-Profit Entrepreneurship Fair hosted by the Launch Pad which is located at the University of Miami. The event is a part of the Social Entrepreneurship Summit. Area non-profits have been invited to take part in the fair and those in attendance will learn more about the services provided by the participating organizations. 11am – 1pm. University of Miami Whitten University Center, Lower Level Lounge 1306 Stanford Drive.
The Great Green Family Festival
Saturday, November 14 & Sunday, November 15 , 2009
A new festival showcasing “Eco-Friendly” living including: local & organic farmer’s market, alternative energy, vehicles & fuels, medicinal herbs, oils & teas, natural foods, and culinary plants. Live musical entertainment, lectures & children’s activities. Services to include: Aromatherapy, yoga, tai chi, reiki, and chair massage. Sponsors: Redland Evening Society and the Fruit and Spice Park. 10am till 5pm.
Fruit and Spice Park 24 801 SW 187 Avenue, Homestead
Stop by the Kids for Mother Earth tent, say hello and learn about ways to save Mother Earth. We look forward to meeting you!
“Reading Under the Stars”
Friday, November 6, 2009
Coral Way K-8 Center, the country’s first bilingual school, will be hosting a very special event on Friday, November 6, 2009 to celebrate the grand opening of our new Media Center.
The event, “Reading Under the Stars”, will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the school’s courtyard. Students and their families will come to hear and enjoy authors who have written books both in English and in Spanish. KFME has been invited to read “Mother Earth Needs Our Help.”
“Meet the Leaders”
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Meet the Leaders is a concept created by Green Art USA that benefits the Green Art Center and Kids for Mother Earth. The event is free, your entry ticket is as many plastic bags as you can bring, and in return you will receive a reusable bag. These plastic bags will be used as part of an art installation, which will take place on the 350 wall.
The day starts with family friendly events leading to a panel discussion in which children, the Future Leaders will ask questions of the Present Leaders, to include the Mayor of the City of Miami and other important city figures.
Bring your blanket and enjoy Arts in the Park where there will be performances, fun activities for the children, a presentation and how plastic is destroying Mother Earth by Ban the Bag, pizza donated by Pizza Fusion and the highlight of the event will be “story time” in which the book “Mother Earth Needs Our Help” will debut. City Year will act out the story and special surprise guest will be the storyteller. Children and their parents are invited to join the Panel Discussion after these events. The event starts promptly at 4pm and RSVP is strongly suggested.
This day is made possible by the generous support of the City of Miami, Grolsch, Coverings Creative Complex, Pizza Fusion, Eco Chamber, Basix 6, Whole Foods, Chef Julie Grand and Chef Amarylis Guindin owner of Galerie Gourmet.
Girl Scout Rally and Family Picnic
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The rally features games for children of all ages, sports and Girl Scout Troop booths with games, face painting, crafts and more. Families can spend time together, participate in activities and learn more about the prominent organization for girls in Miami Dade and Monroe Counties – Girl Scouts. Join us at the KFME booth for arts and crafts!
Location: Girl Scout Camp Choee, 11347 SW 160th Street
Time: 10 am- 2 pm.
Adopt-A-Tree Event, City of Doral
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Come and learn about the nurture and care of trees with the experts on site. Stop by our booth Kids for Mother Earth! and join us in our efforts to help the planet.
Location: J.C. Bermudez Park, 3100 NW 87th Ave. City of Doral
Time: 9am – Noon.
KFME History of Fairs, Expos and Events
November 15 – Fundraiser – Taste of Thanksgiving to Benefit Kids for Mother Earth. Taste the bounty and goodness of our gourmet holiday menu while enjoying the live music of U of M’s Aaron Glueckauf Trio. Your donation will benefit Kids for Mother Earth – a newly formed local, non-profit organization whose mission is to build a foundation in which kids can experience their relationship to “Mother Earth” free from fear and fully inspired! For more information log onto: klme.org or contact Lori Roberts at 305-971-0900. From 1pm till 3pm.
June 4 - “Bridging the Gap of the Ages in Saving the Earth” presentation at St. Dominic Gardens Senior Home.
May 16 - Fundraiser – Natural Awakenings Magazine and Dream Provider presented –“The Concert of the Year”. Part of the proceeds benefited Kids Love Mother Earth among others.
May 7 – Students at the Shenandoah Middle School Magnet Program engaged in a ‘one day’ event were the students presented to parents and faculty a series of lectures on various subjects. KFME educated and trained a group of students to lecture parents and faculty about: Green Cleaning Products, Indoor Plants that Clean the Air from Pollutants.
February – KFME engaged in “Bridging the Gap of the Ages” program. This program is about coming together, seniors and youth, in an effort to promote love, respect, and protection for the Earth, other species and all people. Seniors volunteer their time and effort to make silverware utensil pouches and reusable totes.
January 16 – Doral Arbor Day Eco-Fair. City of Doral.
January 24 - KFME Beach Clean-Up and “The Imaginary Bond Fire”.
November 15 - Miami International Book Fair “Global Warming Presentation”.
September thru October - Miami-Dade Magnet Schools “Todos por la Madre Tierra” presentations from
May 31 – The Hialeah Green Day Festival.
May 6 & 10 – Hialeah Public Libraries “Mother Earth Needs Our Help” presentation.
April 26 – Community Health Fair.
April 19 - Baynanza Biscayne Bay Clean Up Day.
November 21 – KFME hosted our first public lecture “Educate before you Vaccinate” presented by April Renee on the dangers and harmful consequences of vaccines.
November 11 & 18 – “Get Green Today” Expo For People Pets and the Planet was KFME’s first introduction to the public. on Nov. 11th in Miami, November 11 and Fort Lauderdale, November 18.
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is an annual Halloween campaign that empowers children in the United States to make a difference in the lives of their peers around the globe. KFME have being participating since October 31, 2008 in an effort to inspire in children the “spirit of giving, caring and protecting” so much needed in today’s world.