Did you know we also plant and maintain a number of edible landscape and home vegetable garden projects in North and Central Miami and the Beaches? We focus on container vegetable gardening, raised garden beds and planting tropical fruit trees in an Urban setting.
Besides managing our urban farm, and edible plant nursery we also install and maintain edible gardens for schools, restaurants and homes. Our many years of farming experience are well suited to helping others grow their own produce. Wether you are interested in installing raised beds full of annual vegetables or a more long term tropical fruit backyard forest, or even containers full of greens and herbs for your condo balcony we can help you get started and increase your success. If you already have a garden, but like so many home growers you are facing issues related to soil fertility and pest management we can help sort things out. We do consultations to answer gardening questions and get specific about things happening in your garden, such as pests, poor growth and composting.
Take a peek at some of our favorite gardens; as you can see they vary greatly in size and style. Inspired? Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org, we are happy to customize a garden plan to suit your needs.
Mandolin Aegean Bistro kitchen garden (2014 - spring 2019)
Mandolin Aegean Bistro, a gem of a restaurant located in Buena Vista Historic District, just north of the Design District, has had a large in ground kitchen garden on their premises since 2013. Four years ago we took over the maintenance and care for the garden and used owner Anastasia's grandmothers backyard garden in Greece as inspiration for the design. Like in a traditional small farm crops are planted in the ground and organized in neat rows separated by pathways traversed by chef and child alike. Traditional Greek and Turkish herbs fill the gardens tidy rows; dill, parsley, oregano, za'atar, true french sorrel, lemon verbena, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, chervil, purslane and mint are harvested fresh from the garden and used in daily specials.
Wynwood Yard kitchen garden (2015- spring 2019)
When Wynwood Yard opened two years ago the property came with a rugged yet fertile garden already on site that creator Della Heiman embraced. Fresh ingredients for her healthy vegan food truck, Della Test kitchen were grown on site and visitors to the yard could hang out amongst tomatoes, kale, and fresh herbs used at the bar. This past summer Wynwood Yards edible garden got a big makeover! Now the garden is bigger, better and more productive than ever, with everything from dandelion greens to oregano flowers being used at the newly opened Charcoal Garden Bar and Grill. Monthly garden dinners take place under a reclaimed wood pergola, surrounded by the bounty of the edible garden. (Note: Wynwood yard shut its doors in Spring of 2019, keep an eye on their instagram for updates on their next project)
The Broken Shaker & 27 restaurant bar and kitchen garden
When the owners of the Broken Shaker (ranked number 14 out of the worlds 50 best bars) decided to turn a large section of their outdoor seating into a kitchen and bar garden their focus was on inspiration! Forget growing rosemary, mint and sage, everyones favorite and most trustworthy cocktail ingredients... This garden aims to bring new ingredients into the hands of the talented staff so they can create new, unusual and incredibly inspired cocktails. Spilanthes, kefir lime, african blue basil and fresh turmeric root grow alongside edible flowers of every shape, color and size. Baby greens, a variety of spicy peppers, and patches of baby radishes are harvested by head chef Jimmy Lebron for daily specials at the adjacent 27 restaurant.
The Palms kitchen garden for Essensia
This season was our first one tending to the kitchen garden at the Palms for Essensia Restaurant. Chef Julie Frans brought us on board to focus on growing fresh greens, herbs and edible flowers for the restaurant. Purple sage, true french sorrel, pentas flowers and italian heirloom spigariello grow poolside and serve to inspire chefs, patrons and vacationers alike.
Planta Restaurant rooftop kitchen garden
Last January the legendary Toronto based vegan restaurant Planta moved into a chic location south of 5th on South Beach and inherited along with their new space, an untended green roof. Executive chef David Lee saw in it an opportunity to grow his customers all sorts of fun herbs, edible flowers, leafy greens, and veggies and we were brought in to set about converting the abandoned garden into an edible oasis on a roof! The border is planted with a "living fence" of tropical perennials like costa rican mint, superfood moringa and fruit like bananas, guavas, mulberries and pineapple, while the center of the garden is planted to the seams with every herb, flower, pepper and green the chef could think of! Members of the kitchen team squeeze through a hatch in the roof with clippers and bowls daily to harvest fresh ingredients to be used instantly downstairs.
Residential gardens galore! We tend a number of residential private gardens of all shapes and sizes. Wether you are looking to add planters full of arugula to your rooftop, or edible landscape your backyard with tropical fruit, we can help. We typically install wooden raised beds in the sunniest part of a yard when our goal is fresh veggies and herbs for the home kitchen, however as you can see below scale, shape and style can vary greatly depending on your goals and whats available (sun, space, water, etc.). We are happy to come visit your site and see if a home vegetable garden is right for you!
We also help out at Edible Schoolyard Gardens and public and private schools around Miami to help teach kids about the importance of healthy eating and knowing how your choices with food impacts the environment and your body. Thanks to funding from local companies like Jugofresh and not for profits like The Education Fund tons of school gardens have been planted throughout Miami. If your kids school doesnt have a garden yet, dont be afraid to ask the administration why not, with a bit of funding a garden can be a great addition to any campus. And if you are a teacher that needs help with your garden we can help with planting visits, consultations, or simply plant sales.