From the Source: Cheryl & Lisa of Imagine Farms
Finding a farm in the hustle and bustle of Miami can be difficult. Luckily Cheryl and Lisa have done just that with the creation of Imagine Farms. Read on to find out more about this fascinating operation and where they plan to take Imagine Farms to next.
Could you provide a brief bio about your company and how you started it?
Imagine Farms is an indoor, vertical, hydroponic farm growing a wide variety of leafy greens, herbs, microgreens, and petite root vegetables on a compact footprint in Little Haiti, Miami. The farm was established in 2018 by sisters Cheryl Arnold and Lisa Merkle with a dream of utilizing cutting edge technology and sustainable farming practices to share locally grown delicious and nutritious produce free from pesticides and harsh chemicals throughout their community.
Relocalizing food production for the community is at the core of the Imagine Farms mission. Imagine Farms is all about building relationships at every touch point to serve the needs of our neighbors. It is the momentum of the ‘eat/shop local’ movement, that the dream to distribute safe, fresh, nutritious produce throughout the community to local restaurants, grocers, farmers markets and direct to consumer via subscription service is a reality.
What do you find the most rewarding?
Our connection to the community! We are growing Vibrant Food in community, with community and for community. It is the momentum of the ‘eat/shop local’ movement, that the dream to distribute safe, fresh, nutritious produce throughout the community to local restaurants, grocers, farmers markets and direct to consumer via subscription service is a reality.
We have recently built a mushroom farm where we grow a variety of gourmet mushrooms. We currently sell them at our farmer's market and hope to distribute to retail stores soon! We are also ready for expansion! Plans are already in process to build a larger facility which will enable us to grow a wider range of crops at a much higher volume. Follow along on instagram for updates, @Imagine_Farms.
Source offers a selection of the highest-quality produce, goods and more sourced local, organic, ethical, sustainable and as regenerative as possible. We are committed to sustainable practices for an invested connected community, in an authentic space that will endure.
You can find a variety of Imagine Farms greens in store weekly so be sure to visit us Monday through Friday, 10:30am - 6pm and online shopping is available. Online orders are typically available for pickup within 1-2 hours.