Photo by Gesi Schilling
Little River Cooperative is an urban farming project based in Downtown Miami and owned by growers Tiffany Noe & Muriel Olivares. Since we started on this growing journey over 7 years ago our farming project has taken on many forms based on the needs of our community & ourselves. In the past we focused on growing vegetables on a small residential property in North Miami, which sustained a modest CSA and one farmers market stand. Over the years our CSA grew into a "multi-farm CSA" providing 150 families with locally grown organic produce on a weekly basis. Two years ago we transformed our farming property into a "farmer incubator" project, carving up our fields into parcels tended by future farmers that, with our guidance, used their spaces to learn about small scale market gardening by doing. This season we have handed our main farming property over to those future farmers where they have started Semillas Coop, a likeminded gathering of small growers who will continue the tradition of growing food organically for our community.
While one aspect of our business was always the practice of farming for production the other one was growing organic veggie seedlings and using those to install & tend private gardens throughout the city. We start each growing season with a huge heirloom tomato & fall veggie seedling sale (October 26 & 27th) and from then on we grow a spectacular selection of veggie seedlings, culinary herbs, medicinal plants, cut flower varieties, butterfly host plants, native species & tropical fruit trees. On our nursery property (771 NW 24th street, Allapattah) we also have a large exhibition garden where we grow herbs & unique greens for market & a dazzling array of edible flowers for local chefs.
Tiffany & Muriel have 18 years of combined farming experience and love sharing their passion with Miami through their plant sales, events, farmers market, workshops, gardens and whatever else may come!
Fusion TV: Project Earth. Sustain us: a look at Little River Cooperative
Miami New Times, Best Of: Food and Drink: BEST CSA
Miami Herald, South Florida Food 50: 2016 batch of South Florida Food 50 winners among best in the business
Evan S. Benn, February 2016
Garden Collage, Tips While at Art Basel Miami Beach
Ruthie Abel, December 2015
Miami New Times, Little River Co-Op Launches Chef CSA for Local Restaurants
Hannah Sentenac, August 2015
Miami New Times, "Little River Summer Plant Sale: Pigeon Peas, Marigolds and Spearmint"
Hannah Sentenac, April 2015
Miami New Times, "Miami People, 2014"
Tim Elfrink, November 2014
Miami New Times, "Little River Co-Op Plant Sale This Weekend: Better Than Home Depot"
Hannah Sentenac, October 2014
Miami New Times, Five Reasons to Join a CSA for Fall
Hannah Sentenac, August 2014
Ocean Drive, "Behind Miamis Farm to Table Craze"
Bill Kearney, July 2014
Miami Herald, "Edible Miami: Foraging for something to eat in the south florida landscape"
Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley, April 2014
Miami New Times, "2013 Tastemakers of Miami"
Zachary Fagenson, May 2013
Genuine Kitchen, "Growing Together with Little River Market Garden"
Jackie Sayet, October 2010