What is Empower Farms?
At Empower Farms, individuals with disabilities team up with our staff to grow food in an environmentally friendly way.
Who are Empower Farms Teammates?
Everyone who helps out at the farm is a Teammate. It takes a whole team to grow our food.
How does Empower Farms create opportunities for people with disabilities?
The farm is designed so people with all kinds of disabilities can be involved in growing food, with tasks requiring different skills and abilities to be done throughout the year. This is a great synergy with eco-friendly farming, which involves a lot of work being done by people rather than by machines or chemicals.
Many Teammates come to the farm on field trips with organizations that serve individuals with intellectual, emotional, and/or physical impairments. Other Teammates visit on an individual basis or with a private group. Some come just once and others on a regular basis - yearly, monthly, weekly, or more.
We believe every individual has something to contribute to the community, and we try to accommodate everyone who wants to get involved with the productive process of a working farm. We couldn't produce the food for our customers without the work done by Teammates!
Who can participate in a farm program (be a Teammate)?
Our programs are designed for adults (18+) with intellectual, emotional, and/or physical impairments. We occasionally accept high school age groups for field trips.
Not sure if the farm would be a good fit for you, your loved one, or your client? Just ask and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs.
What do Teammates do at the farm?
Activities include, but are not limited to:
- Planting seeds
- Filling pots with soil
- Transplanting seedlings to larger pots
- Planting in the garden beds or the fruit forest
- Pulling weeds
- Harvesting and sorting vegetables and fruit
- Feeding the chickens
- Collecting and cleaning eggs
- Painting signs
- Making sugarcane juice
Do you think I, my loved one, or my client could participate in farm activities? Do you have activities she/he could do?
Probably, yes. A lot of our Teammates, parents, and field trip chaperones are surprised by what Teammates can do at the farm, especially after a little practice. Different tasks require different skills and strengths, so there is something for just about everyone. We have tasks that require fine motor skills and others that do not; tasks for those who want to get their energy out with significant physical activity; for those who are most comfortable sitting down; those who prefer activities in an interactive and high energy group environment; and those who prefer a quiet and relaxed environment.
Still not sure? Reach out to us and we’ll be happy to discuss.
What products does the farm have to offer?
- Vegetables including carrots, lettuces, spinach, Swiss chard, radishes, turnips, cilantro, bok choy, collards, kale, arugula, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, celery, onions, tomatoes, kohlrabi, cucumbers, squashes, fennel, avocados, okra
- Fruits including papayas, bananas, guavas, peaches, mangoes, mulberries
- Herbs including basil, cilantro, parsley, chives, moringa
- Free range eggs
How can I buy Empower Farms products?
We sell our products via a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program which delivers to selected areas. A CSA works like a subscription box. Purchase a membership, and each week you’ll receive a box of what we are harvesting on the farm. The CSA season runs from October to May.
Interested in buying wholesale? Contact us.
What do you mean by “eco-friendly farming”?
We don’t use synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers. We follow permaculture practices and dedicate some of our land to reforestation with native species. Come visit the farm and we'll show you the difference between conventional farming and what we do.
Does Empower Farms have an organic certification?
No. Certification is expensive and designed for larger operations, particularly farmers that don't deal directly with the end consumer as we do. However, certified organic is not always the same as responsibly produced. We don’t use synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers for growing our food. We believe in local food and knowing your farmer, and we encourage and invite our customers to visit our farm and see how we grow their food.
Where is the farm located? What transportation options are available?
We are located at 34270 SW 192nd Ave, Florida City, just across SW 344th St. from Robert Is Here Fruit Stand.
Transportation options Teammates use include STS, Uber/Lyft, personal vehicle (drive, get a ride, or carpool), and public transit. We are located about four blocks from the bus stop. Field trip groups typically use their own buses or vans.
Can I tour the farm?
We welcome CSA members and folks interested in participating in our programs to come and see what we do, free of charge. Please contact us in advance to schedule a tour as we are unable to take walk-ins.