Stuart's Ground Floor Farm Strives To Show Locally Produced Food Can Be Affordable
How it started: Micah Hartman, Mike Meier and Jackie Vitale weren’t always farmers. The three co-founders of Ground Floor Farm grew up together before going separate ways—Hartman to pursue a career in business, Vitale to spend time as an artist and cheesemaker, and Meier to work in advertising for a tech startup. Meier was the first to entertain the idea of agriculture. “I started farming in New York City with a small group of farmers (the Brooklyn Grange), growing [crops] on the tops of buildings,” he says. When the trio was home for the holidays in 2013, they tossed around ideas about opening a dairy farm. Those ideas became Ground Floor Farm, an urban farm that hosts cooking workshops, art shows and events, and offers a community space.
Ground Floor Farm In A Few Words: “We are part farm, part community and 100 percent fun,” Hartman says.
Favorite Crop: Meier says he enjoys showing off the farm’s okra, a tall-growing plant with green seedpods. “I think they’re very beautiful,” Meier says.
Price range: Ground Floor sells crops two to three times each week, depending on the season. Bunched greens like kale sell for $3, while herbs sell for $1-$2. “We’re trying to show that locally produced food can be affordable,” Meier says. Ground Floor also hosts workshops and events for the community. A two-hour cooking workshop costs from $20-$35. Events, such as the Spring Festival, cost about $5 for adults, but ages 12 and younger are free.
Ground Floor Farm, 100 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stuart / 772.600.4230 / groundfloorfarm.com