What We Do and Why


A seed of adventure, knowledge, and discovery has been planted in Pasco County. “Dig in and Grow Wild” is more than simply a catchy slogan. It’s an invitation for you to join us in the pursuit of conscious sustainability, community growth, and self-expression. It’s a call to pursue your interests by taking up a new hobby, tasting new and exciting foods, embracing local culture, and meeting new people. So, give into your artistic whims, breathe the clean autumn air, indulge your inner explorer, and, by all means, “Dig in and Grow Wild!”

The goal of Pasco EcoFest is to acquaint visitors with West Pasco’s burgeoning urban agriculture movement, introduce them to practical ways to build sustainable communities, enhance the local economy, and showcase the vast natural beauty of West Central Florida’s unique ecosystems.

For three days in Early November, an ever- evolving showcase of the Tampa Bay area’s wonderfully gifted local farmers, musicians, dancers, food trucks, craftspeople, kayakers, bird watchers, herbalists, educators, homesteaders, and volunteers come together to participate in a wonderful display of the region’s progressive ethos. An expansive eco-market, vintage air-cooled VW show, food truck rally, and beer tent hosted by Big Storm Brewery are just a few of the amazing featured weekend attractions. All weekend long, activities such as kayaking, bird watching, native plant walks, hiking, educational talks and workshops, camping, hoop and belly dancing, stargazing, and geo-caching are open to event-goers at either of the event’s two main locations. Both Sims Park, in Downtown New Port Richey, and Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park will host the majority of the weekend activities.

This year will mark the four year anniversary of the inaugural event. We do this because we’re incredibly proud of our innovative community and passionate about taking steps toward a brighter and more sustainable future. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us to participate in something unique, invigorating, and beautiful.

Our host organization is The Friends of the New Port Richey Library. A percentage of profits raised by Pasco EcoFest will go directly to support the Art of Sustainability program.

The Art of Sustainability

The Art of Sustainability, a year-long program designed to benefit residents of Pasco county, will enlighten, educate and inspire our community as together we explore the connection between the arts and a healthy planet and body.

We are seeking to inspire a year-long dialogue on both regional and worldwide ecological issues and the role of artists in building healthy communities. Visual artists, environmentalists, filmmakers, musicians, community leaders, culinary artists, and authors will join library employees in a year-long discovery of the relationship between art and ecology. We are seeking a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding would additionally be provided by a state grant, donations and in-kind contributions of volunteers, staff, artists, authors and other participants.