This past Sunday September 20 we had the opportunity to do an Organic Takeover at the Florida Organic Growers Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville FL. The crowd was very pleased with us making it to the garden. The only slight problem was we made it there right after bicycling over 40 miles and smelling like… well you get the picture or should we say the smell!!
The Gardens’ name is derived from its proximity to 250 acre Lake Kanapaha. The word Kanapaha is derived from the Timucua Indian words for “palmetto leaf” and “house.” Taken together, they refer to the thatched dwellings that were home to the original residents of a small Timucua village on the western shore of Lake Kanapaha. Between 1978 and 1987, the infrastructure and initial plantings were completed and Kanapaha Botanical Gardens was formally opened to the public on October 16, 1987.
For more information on this beautiful garden visit www.kanapaha.org.
The Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Ocala is the first fully “Green” hotel. So being that it is all “green” we had to do an organic takeover there. The hotel is so ”green” that as soon as you leave the room the air conditioner automatically goes on auto!! To add to that, when you leave the room and forget to turn the lights off they turn themselves off as well. Thank you Karl for the opportunity to do an organic takeover and to experience the first fully “green” hotel. The Holiday Inn Conference Center Hotel Ocala offers a full service experience featuring two restaurants, a cocktail lounge, a ballroom, and meeting rooms to accommodate up to 600 guests in over 6,600 square feet as well of Ocala group function space.
Amenities of the Holiday Inn Ocala Conference Center Hotel include:
- The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ocala Conference Center now features The DreamSpa Bed by Tempur-Pedic in every room!
- High-Speed wireless and hard-wired Internet Access
- Kids Eat Free™
- Meeting and Banquet Space
- Indoor Spa and Whirlpool
- Outdoor Pool
- 4-Star Sky Asian Fusion Restaurant
- Cypress Shadows Café and Lounge
- Fitness Center
- Incredible center-atrium design
We here at Be Organic want to give a big “Thank you” to The Scoot, Skate, & Bike shop for taking our recycled bicycles and giving us smoother rides for the tour. Thank you Daren for believing in us. We would love to also give BIG THANKS to Jamis for the smoothest riding bicycles for our tour!! We know for a fact that would could not have made it without your bicycles. We are well past the halfway mark of our tour and still haven’t had a flat. The four “foodies” Jamis bikes are lamborghinis of the bicycle world.
The Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodge is located next to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center on the campus of the University of South Florida. The American Cancer Society’s Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodge is a short-term residential facility designed to offer housing, counseling and referral services free of charge to any cancer patient who travels to the Tampa Bay area for treatment.
The $8.8 million, 47,000 sq. ft. facility includes 40 suites with private baths, community dining areas, six kitchens, a family room, laundry rooms, a library with computer access and recreational areas. The fourth floor of the Mendick Hope Lodge is reserved for bone-marrow transplant patients who have special needs. In addition, the facility features a Day Center for outpatients and their families who need a respite from the clinical hospital environment as well as a Patient Services Center where patients can access various American Cancer Society programs and services.
Be Organic will be hosting an Organic Takeover to give back to the staff and patients of the Hope Lodge. “Foodie” Roosevelt Desir when going through his bone marrow treatment was a resident of the Hope Lodge. For Desir this Takeover is an honor to be able to give back to the Hope Lodge staff as well as the patients who currently reside.
The Takeover at the Hope Lodge is September 28, 2009 and starts at 6:00pm. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.