We grow fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers right in the heart of Downtown Stuart. Our one-acre garden is small by most standards, but we use intensive planting techniques and vertical hydroponic towers to grow thousands of pounds of fresh produce each season.
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 disease with natural deterrents, physical barriers, regular scouting and culling, and a lot of squishing by hand. When necessary, we use only organic-approved materials for pest control: neem oil, soap, BT, spinosad, and potassium bicarbonate.
Absolutely no chemical pesticides, insecticides, or fungicides are ever used on our farm.