Join us for the Jubilee Festival!
Promoting Healthy Farming, Foods, Kids, Land, and Climate!
The Jubilee Festival will take place on May 20th starting at 10 am to 5 pm at Jubilee Orchards, 12008 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee. You’ll also experience a showcase of land management practices, soil enhancement advancements that reduce greenhouse gasses, a demonstration of Forest School – an international practice of exposing young children to nature, and more. The day will also be filled with hay and pony rides, music, and food.
Admission is free!
(Due to a short picking season this year, U-pick blueberry picking will not be a part of this year’s festival.)
Family Fun: with a Dose of Education
Schedule of Events: Saturday, May 20:
- 10:00 AM: Gates open
- 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Wagon Tours
- 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM: Author Jeff Vandermeer & Ali Sperling
- 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM: Forest School Demonstration 1
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Durrell Smith Bird Dog Demo 1
- 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM: Pony Rides & Petting Zoo
- 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Live Music by “Revival” & Vendors
- 1:45 – 2:30 PM: Forest School Demonstration 2
- 2:30 – 3:30 PM: Prescribed Burn Demonstration
- 3:15 – 4:00 PM: Soil Enhancement Demonstration
- 3:15 – 4:15 PM: Durrell Smith Bird Dog Demo 2
There will be shuttle service from area to area at the event – or you may walk and enjoy the exercise!
(Due to food safety regulations – pets are not allowed)
Thank You To Our Festival Sponsors!
Hayrides: Learning Through Experiences in Nature
The Jubilee Festival will build awareness for changes that farmers and landowners must address to restore the health of their soils, and to conserve their forest and farmlands. The festival will also showcase the Forest School concept. Forest Schools engage pre-school and young children in learning through experiences in nature. The Lawton Chiles Foundation has been studying and developing support for a Forest School at Jubilee.
Other highlights of the Jubilee Festival include:
Music from Tallahassee powerhouse band Revival, with a stellar ensemble of gifted local musicians. True to their name, they revive old rock ‘n’ roll, blues, soul, gospel, rock, and jazzy influences created in their own inimitable style.
Sunshine State Biodiversity Group founder and best-selling writer, Jeff VanderMeer, will talk with Florida State University professor, Ali Sperling, about creative ways to attract more biodiversity to your yard—or even your apartment balcony. Jeff is working on a book about rewilding for Abrams Image and has spent the last five years restoring his yard beside a small ravine into a biodiversity hotspot.
Bird-dog demonstrations from bird dog handler/trainer, visual artist, and Minority Outdoor Alliance president, Durrell Smith. Durrel creates illustrations based on his field experiences and hunting dogs, hosts a podcast called The Sporting Life Notebook, and runs Minority Outdoor Alliance, a nonprofit co-founded with his wife, Ashley.
Key partners of the Jubilee Festival include the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Tall Timbers, The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture (IFAS), the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Visit Tallahassee, The Leon County Farm Bureau Federation, Leon County, Into the Woods Forest School, the City of Tallahassee, Leon Soil and Water Conservation District, and more.
Key sponsors include the Chiles Hospitality Group, Prime Meridian Bank, Tri-Eagle Distributing, Ology, Farm Credit, F4Tech, Everlizer, and the Lawton Chiles Foundation.