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
foods and helps farmers with cash flow. Members can unsubscribe at any
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.