A farm tour that puts you in the driver’s seat is set for Saturday, Feb. 18. Hosted by Slow Food Gold and Treasure Coast, the sixth annual U-Drive Farm Tour will allow a close-up look at 16 farms and related facilities in three east-central Florida counties: Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin.
You won’t be able to see all of them during the one day farm tour, of course, so here’s the schedule, by county. (For more details and to download, print the list. Some places will have products for sale. The pdf also provides information such as what times to visit each farm, its phone number and complete address, photos, and driving directions to it.
Locations on the Farm Tour
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
Three Wise Acres, Fellsmere
Three Wise Acres grows peaches, avocados, figs, persimmons and dragon fruits. The farm takes a holistic approach to growing.
Tricia’s Garden, Fellsmere
Crazy Hart Ranch, Fellsmere
Crazy Hart Ranch has specialized in pasture-raised poultry since 2006, producing chicken and turkey meat, as well as eggs. All poultry is hatched or raised from birth until harvest on the ranch.
Sustainable Kashi, Sebastian
Sustainable Kashi is an interactive demonstration site dedicated to educating others about sustainable practices. It has water catchments; three composting systems; alternative energy systems; and seven gardens, all using no chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Birdie Hogan, Vero Beach
Birdie Hogan was started in 1918. It offers animals, fruits and vegetables, including grass-fed and grass-finished beef, as well as tomatoes, lettuce and kale.
Mark Stanley’s Garden, Vero Beach
Mark Stanley has turned his yard into a permaculture paradise, where flowers and veggies share space in his garden. Mark is hosting a pot-luck after the tour; please bring a covered dish and join in.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY
Sunnier Palms Community Garden, Fort Pierce
The Sunnier Palms Naturist/Nudist Community & Wildlife Sanctuary is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its community garden, which has had gardeners as young as 10 and as old as 91. A variety of veggies and herbs are grown in conventional beds; in addition, Sunnier grows a variety of rare fruits.
Growing Healthy Kids Community Garden, Port St. Lucie
On the grounds of Hope Lutheran Church, the Growing Healthy Kids Community Garden teaches children and their families how to grow, eat and prepare healthy foods. “Garden parties” featured how to prepare tasty meals with subtropical treats such as Latino kale, cranberry hibiscus and Okinawan spinach.
Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market, Fort Pierce
The Downtown Fort Pierce Farmer’s Market is instrumental in bringing local farmers and consumers together; 99 percent of the vendors are the actual farmer or producer.
Gibbons Farm Organics, Fort Pierce
Gibbons Farm Organics grows organic produce and specializes in lettuce mix, heirloom tomatoes and anything else needed to make a salad.
Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery, Fort Pierce
Summer Crush will offer a guided tour at 4:30 p.m.
Castronovo Chocolate, downtown Stuart
Castronovo Chocolate is one of a handful of chocolate-makers that take the chocolate from bean to bar.
Ground Floor Farm, Stuart
Ground Floor Farm is the first urban farm in Stuart, established in 2014 on 1 acre abutting Frazier Creek. The farm grows fresh produce like salad mix, bunching greens, heirloom tomatoes and fresh herbs.
Shadowood Farm, Palm City
Visitors to Shadowood may take a self-guided tour of the farm and gardens. Shadowood Farm also teaches people how to grow their own organic food.
Hani Honey Co. — at Shadowood Farm
Jennifer Holmes is a master beekeeper, honey judge, and vice president for the Treasure Coast Beekeepers Association and the Florida State Beekeepers Association. She enjoys educating others about keeping honeybees.
Kai-Kai Farm, Indiantown
Kai-Kai Farm grows and packages fresh vegetables and has a CSA program that runs from November to May.
For more information on the U-Drive Farm Tour, visit www.slowfoodgtc.org/uploads/2/0/1/8/20187471/u-drive_farm_tour_guide_book.pdf