Finally, the sustainable-urban-farming movement is taking root in Broward County!
The Urban Farmer, a hydroponic urban farm and learning facility, opened its doors to the public Saturday, October 30.
Jessica Padron says she was inspired to start the business when she had a child. "A few months after my daughter was born, I started
the research of different growing systems for the backyard," she says.
She learned that "most of our food is imported and picked before it's
ripe and passes through a lot of hands before it gets to you [the
She says a lot of hard work goes into running the business: "Food
is not on demand."
The Urban Farmer follows the Community Supported Agriculture business model. It's not like a green market, where you can pick
and choose your veggies; rather, customers sign up online or in person
at the Urban Farmer and become a member. Members get a weekly basket of
fresh, seasonal produce from Padron's farm and partnered Florida-based
farms. A full-share membership costs $50 per week; a half share costs
$32 per week. Advance payments ensure the market for locally farmed
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Soon, Padron intends to add growing and gardening classes. For
now, anyone can show up, take a tour, and buy starter kits. Visit theurbanfarmerflorida.com, or call 954-586-6686.