Ground Floor Farm is the first urban farm in Stuart, established in 2014 on one lovely acre abutting Frazier Creek. We grow fresh market produce like salad mix, bunching greens, heirloom tomatoes, fresh herbs, and tropical fruits. As an urban farm, we focus on growing food where the short distance from farm to customer makes a real difference.
In south Florida, our main growing season runs October through May. The hot summer weather makes it difficult to grow many of the traditional fruits and vegetables most customers are used to. But as we grow, it is our mission to educate our customer base and offer more regionally and seasonally appropriate crops to extend the season.
Our farm comprises three distinct growing areas: a mounded bed soil garden, a hydroponic garden, and a meandering orchard featuring tropical and native fruiting and flowering plants.
We are committed to growing good fresh food in sustainable and ecologically-minded ways. We build fertility and soil health using crop rotation, cover crops, efficient drip irrigation, and lots of compost. We fertilize our soil with natural materials like fish emulsion, composted poultry litter, and worm castings. Our hydroponic garden is fertilized with high-quality commercial hydroponic nutrients.
We battle pests and diseases with predatory insects, natural deterrents, physical barriers, regular scouting and culling, and a lot of squishing by hand. When these practices are insufficient, we use only organic-approved materials for pest control.
NO synthetic chemical pesticides, insecticides, or fungicides are ever used on our farm.
We believe that sustainable agriculture is a force for good. We believe that farming can benefit our environment. We believe that food is the foundation of culture. We believe in food as medicine. We believe in the need for more alternatives to industrial food. We believe that food production can and should take place in urban settings.
Urban farms have the unique opportunity to engage communities right where they are. Urban farming makes food production conspicuous and offers neighbors the opportunity to see what goes into raising food before it winds up at the grocery. Kids, especially, can develop a new relationship with food by seeing and participating in how it's grown.
Ecologically, urban farms help preserve green spaces, reduce stormwater runoff, reduce heat island effect, and support wildlife like birds, bees, and butterflies.
We are committed to natural and sustainable growing practices. We grow appropriate crops in season. We prioritize heirloom varieties when possible. We source our seed from cooperatively- and employee-owned companies, and save some seed ourselves. Some, but not all, of our seed is certified organic. None of our seed is GMO.
We rely on only organic fertilizers for our soil garden. We compost our own farm waste as well as waste from local restaurants and return the nutrients to our soil. Our hydroponic garden is fine-tuned to use water and fertilizer conservatively. We use a commercial hydroponic nutrient sourced locally to grow healthy crops.
Under no circumstances do we use any chemical pesticides on our farm. The only materials we use to treat pests and disease are approved for organic agriculture. We manage pests generally through cultural practices and use sprays as a last resort.
Community Supported Agriculture is a long-practiced local farming program that supports small farms and protect farmers from some of the difficulties of growing and marketing food.
Community members purchase a "share" of the farm at the outset of the growing season. This benefits the farmer by giving her the cash she needs for seeds, tools, supplies, and labor at the beginning of the season before crops are available for sale. Then, CSA members enjoy the harvest as it comes in.
CSA membership is great for many different folks, not just farmers market veterans. With the Ground Floor Farm CSA, you can save up to 30% over retail prices with bonus bucks. If you want to support local food and farms and like to eat seasonally, there's no better way! If you're dissatisfied with the quality of grocery store produce, a CSA membership means tasty, healthy, just-picked crops each week.
Throughout the season, our farmstand is stocked with a variety of fresh vegetables. We also bake sourdough bread daily, we make cheese from local milk, and pickle lots of our own veggies for sale on our craft food table. Because our farm is subject to the whims of Mother Nature, we can’t guarantee the availability of any single item at all times, but we plant a wide variety to ensure harvests are bountiful and tasty.
Ground Floor Farm is available to do onsite field trips or come into your classroom. When kids ask those tough questions like,"Carrots come from the ground?!" We don't mind getting into the nitty gritty.
Let us share a little bit of our know-how with your classroom! From farm tours to in-kitchen workshops, we've got a lot to offer here at the farm. Contact us for details at 772.600.4230. See you soon!