Little River Cooperative manages an urban farm in North Miami where farmers Tiffany and Muriel grow a few crops for the CSA and various garnishes for local chefs. The most exciting thing about the farm this year is our new urban farmer incubator. What is a farmer incubator? A farmer incubator offers access to land, tools, resources and mentorship to new and aspiring farmers. There are many different models for incubator programs out there and they are becoming a very popular way for new farmers to get education and experience. What makes our farmer incubator unique is that we are an urban farm, therefore we're offering parcels of land right in the city. This makes our incubator accessible to urban dwellers who may not be interested in moving to a rural setting in order to learn and practice farming skills. Young people in Miami can participate in our incubator while keeping their job, school and/or family commitments. Visit our Urban Farmer Incubator page for more info.
The farm is managed using organic methods and minimal machinery. Being a small urban farm means having little room for tractors so we've developed a sustainable and efficient system using a walk-behind tiller and various other hand tools. We believe that the health of our soil is directly related to the quality of our harvest so we focus on composting, cover-crops and soil building methods to sustain the micro-organisms and organic matter in our fields. We don't use any synthetic chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers on the farm. Every year we host two farm open house events where we invite everyone in the community for farm tours and picnics. We also host a variety of workshops at the farm. Sign up for our mailing list to receive invitations for all of these things in the future, or follow us on instagram @littlerivercooperative!
The farm is mostly closed during the summer months of May through August. During this time we focus on building soil and compost as well as improving infrastructure. During the summer we also focus on garden installations for schools, restaurants and private homes. Check out our Gardens page for more info.
French Farm is sort of our sister farm, located in Homestead and run by Chris French. Chris began farming 3 years ago and has always worked very closely with Little River Cooperative, providing crops for our CSA as well as our farmers market booth at the Upper East Side Farmers Market. He sells to local chefs directly as well. He has been farming using organic practices from the beginning and is now in the process of applying for official organic certification from the USDA. Ask anyone who has tried his produce and they'll agree that the quality can't be beat. Chris is a natural born farmer with a engineering background which contributes to his obsession for efficient farm tools. He has a nifty tool for almost every task! This year he is doubling his growing space to produce a large portion of crops for our CSA.