The Little Haiti Community Garden

The Little Haiti Community Garden - Miami, FL

The Little Haiti Community Garden is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to growing fruits and vegetables using traditional farming techniques. The garden, founded in 2009 by Tamara Hendershot and Gary Feinberg is a transformation of a derelict, urban lot in Little Haiti’s commercial heart into a dynamic, prosperous and multi-purposed garden. The garden has created educational opportunities for students, encourages volunteerism from the local residents, and has developed jobs for the local community. Ultimately, it stands as a model of urban renewal, a sustainable environment and meets the need for locally grown food sources.

The garden, located in Miami’s District 5, is often considered to be one of the poorest districts in the nation. By teaching hands-on gardening, healthy nutrition and retail skills, the garden confronts this poverty and brings additional dollars and healthy foods into households that struggle to exist. In August Prevner Julien from the Central Plateau of Haiti began employment at the Little Haiti Community Garden. As the garden manager Prevner brings years of farming experience to our city garden. Currently the product mix includes collard greens, okra, kale, callaloo, cabbage, cilantro, tomatoes, lettuces, spinach, eggplant, calabaza, broccoli & cucumbers.  We sell to the neighborhood, local markets and restaurants. We are thrilled and delighted to bring our food to your plate.

Check out the Little Haiti Community Garden here.

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White Oak Pastures Bluffton, Georgia

At White Oak Pastures our cattle are raised in a manner that has stood the test of time.
It begins with southern sunshine, unpolluted country air and fertile coastal soil. Our cattle are allowed to roam our pastures and graze freely on sweet native grasses all of their lives. We believe in the humane treatment of animals. That is why we DO NOT give them hormones, antibiotics or
non-natural feedstuffs to speed their growth. We proactively support nature’s food chain:

      Sun, Soil and Rain, to Grass, to Cattle, to Beef, to People.

Raising cattle this way is not the cheapest way to produce beef. It is, however, the right way for
the sake of our cattle, our environment and for you, the people who eat our product.

Our family has lived on, and made our living on, this same farm for 143 years. The stewardship of this farm is a core value that has been passed down through five generations of the Harris family.

The most critical component of our program is the establishment and maintenance of permanent perennial sod, with mixed hardwood and pine woodlands, on every acre of land that we own {1000 Acres}. We have eliminated the need for manufactured fertilizers and pesticides. Cattle and sheep graze these lands.

•  Our farm is the largest certified organic farm in Georgia. Our certification is through the Georgia crop improvement association’s organic certification program.

•  Soil erosion is controlled by establishing and maintaining permanent sod on all open land. Our water quality is excellent.

•  Concrete tanks for well water are provided to our cattle in all of our pastures. Dug wading ponds are also available in every pasture for respite. These ponds do not discharge into streams. Cattle are fenced off from access to streams and riparian zones.

•  We continue to plant 500 white oak trees each year to enhance wildlife habitat, shelter and shade for livestock, and for aesthetic benefit.

•  We utilize intensive rotational grazing practices to promote grass quality, soil health, even out manure distribution, and for insect management. The maximum level carbon sequestration in the soil is achieved through rotational grazing.

•  We foster the populations of dung beetles and other beneficial insects by not using pesticides. These beneficial creatures augment manure breakdown making nutrients available to growing plants more quickly, aerate the soil, and help with fly control.

•  Every acre of our permanent sod is overseeded each winter with rye, ryegrass, and clover to capture soil nitrogen that is released in the dormant season of perennial grass. Degrading ryegrass roots help to aerate soil.

•  Clover is overseeded on every acre each year to fix nitrogen.

•  A sheep herd is utilized in our rotational grazing program to control undesirable weeds and to keep perennial grass tender.

•  Mowing is used to control army worm infestations.

•  Our USDA inspected on-farm processing plant is a zero waste facility. George Washington Carver said, “in nature there is no waste”. We have fashioned our plant on this principle.

•  We purchased an aerobic/anaerobic digester that turns waste eviscerate into our liquid organic fertilizer.

•  Bones are stockpiled and ground to be utilized as a soil amendment.

•  We installed a 30,000 gallon septic system to capture and utilize washout water and nutrients through a waste water land application irrigation system.

•  We are presently installing a solar hot water heater to provide hot water for our on-farm processing plant.

•  We catch rain runoff in a series of guttered rain barrels.

Stewardship of our farm is not new to us and it is not a passing fancy. It is a lifestyle decision that we have made and continually strive to improve. This is, has been, and will always be a work in progress.

The Harris family
White Oak Pastures
Bluffton, GA.

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Paradise Farms

Paradise Farms Homestead, Florida

Paradise Farms is a beautiful five acre organic farm located in tropical South Florida.
We work in harmony with nature to grow the finest quality greens, micro-greens, herbs, edible flowers, mushrooms, fruits, vegetables, and more. All available to the best chefs in the Miami area. We host “Dinner in Paradise” a series of local, artisanal dinners on the farm.

The Farm Story
In 1999 Gabriele Marewski purchased an abandoned five-acre avocado grove next door to her home, filled with a dream and the drive, founded Paradise Farms.

Respecting the principles of sacred geometry and the ancient art of feng shui, the layout of the farm is centered on a circle of beds and a gazebo that was designed in collaboration with Robert Barnes, a local architect and Richard Medlock, a local artist. The farm started with lettuce in the circle beds and each season the planting expanded to a greater variety of products. The product line now includes micro greens, herbs, many edible flowers, a popular baby greens mix, heirloom tomatoes, assorted basil tops and mint tops, baby root vegetables, honey and a variety of tropical fruits including carambola, jackfruit, monstera, mango, avocado, cotton candy fruit and bananas. Paradise Farms sells exclusively to the best chefs at high-end restaurants in the Miami area. 

Paradise Farms Organic incorporates Biodynamic principles, which, among other things, encourages an intimate relationship with the land based on the energies of the earth, sun, moon and cosmos. The farm recognizes and values the vibration in everything from the atom, to the plants, insects, animals, and people. The farm design supports its intention to work with nature’s energy. This idea produces a higher vibrating food enriching its flavor. Paradise Farms is certified organic by Quality Certification Services from Gainesville. As vegetarians, this organic farm does not allow any meat or meat products on the grounds (or cigarettes).

Their ingredients are simple: natural organic matter, love and care.  All weeds are pulled by hand, all planting is done by hand and all harvesting is done very selectively by hand.  They pride themselves in their edible flowers as they are the highest expression of the plant’s energy and represent the highest expression of the farm.

During the growing season from October to May, the farm hosts a diverse group of people who work in exchange for room and board.  The farm has had over 100 interns during the last 9 years.  Most have been young people who want to gain experience in organic farming to eventually own or manage a farm.

Gabriele was born in the Black Forest of Germany and grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on a 40 acre farm surrounded by a beautiful old enchanted forest: there grew her love for nature.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Maryland. Her agricultural career began as a pest management scout inspecting miles of sweet corn fields for a local canning company as a means to support herself through college. In 1984, Gabriele relocated to Homestead, Florida working for AFEC, a fertilizer company working with many local plant nurseries.  In 1994, she joined Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson’s team, handling all agricultural issues as well as responding to constituent concerns.

Gabriele created a local organic farm to table series of dinners in collaboration with Chef Michael Schwartz (now owner of Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink).  Dinner in Paradise is a series of monthly charity driven dinners which showcase the best chefs in Miami who are all customers of Paradise Farms.  Dinner in Paradise has become one of South Florida season’s hottest venues.

To find out more about Paradise Farms, visit paradisefarms.net

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G.R.O.W.

G.R.O.W. Doral, Florida

The Green Railroad Organic Workshop was created:

To be a platform to explore the possibilities and effects of urban farming.

To identify urban dead spaces and turn them into viable farmland to grow edibles and to
  educate the community.

To create hands on workshops for school children, teaching them about how food is
  grown, wellness and nutrition.

To be involved with community outreach programs by providing on the job training for
  special needs and at risk individuals, thus creating jobs for the community.

To set an example of ways to beautify an urban industrial setting while growing food.

To learn more about G.R.O.W., visit miamigrowproject.org


Worden Farm

Worden Farm Punta Gorda, Florida

Worden Farm is an 85-acre certified organic family farm in Southwest Florida, founded and actively run by Chris Worden, Ph.D. and Eva Worden, Ph.D.

The farm’s organic produce is available directly to the local community in season, Fall through Spring, at farmers markets and through a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm membership program. The farm produces over 50 different varieties of certified organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, without conventional pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Sustainable, ecological techniques are used to conserve resources and protect soil and water resources, wildlife, and human health.

The farm is community-oriented, with a full seasonal calendar of events, including tours, workshops, and farm feasts. Worden Farm hosts an apprenticeship program, in which people come from around the world to learn about organic community farming. Worden Farm’s consulting services help fellow farmers to succeed in organic crop production and marketing.

To learn more about Worden Farm, visit wordenfarm.com


Lake Meadow Naturals

Lake Meadow Naturals

Located in Ocoee, FL, Lake Meadow Naturals is a local egg farm producing fabulous chicken and duck eggs from happy hens. Our chicken eggs have a lovely brown shell that’s good for boiling as they retain their farm freshness. Our duck eggs are produced from happy Khaki Campbell and Peking ducks. All have delicious yolk that’ll take you back to a more traditional era. We also raise young broiler chickens, individual serving Poussins and Cornish Game Hens. Our poultry is a healthy, natural product that has never received any growth hormones or antibiotics. All are fed an exclusively vegetarian diet with no animal by-products and are raised in stress-free conditions, allowing them to reach their full natural potential. Our feed is locally ground and our egg cartons are produced from recycled Orlando newsprint. We strongly believe in sustaining a better environment for all of us.

To find out more about Lake Meadow Naturals, visit lakemeadownaturals.net