We are a community funded program—hence our name Verde Farm and Market. We are LEED-certified and operate largely as a non-profit organization supported by the Urban Oasis Project. We acknowledge the need for clean, sustainable processes to obtain fresh, local food. Our operation provides jobs and, more importantly, homes to some 145 formerly homeless families. They grow their own food and they get their dignity back through working for their food. What could be a better combination?

We have been monitoring trends ever since last year and the demand for fresh, organic food has only grown. That, in turn, spawned a movement for clean, sustainable living—something that Verge Gardens Community aims to create. The project includes the aforementioned 145 housing units as well as a 22-acre farm and a farmer’s market as well.

All of this is part of the Urban Oasis Project, a non-profit organization that brings fresh local produce to the greater South Florida area. By helping build these gardens that grow the food as well as give jobs to local formerly homeless families, we believe that we’re setting the path toward a brighter—and greener—future for these new generation of farmers who are getting their lives back through honest farm-to-market work.