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Farms, Re-Imagined

Farming Re-Imagined

Imagine Farms that can produce large quantities of food in an urban city center on a compact footprint, growing a range of fresh fruits and vegetables; crisp, flavorful salad greens; sweet, crunchy, earthy carrots;  juicy strawberries, candy red and bursting with flavor. Imagine those farms just minutes from where we live, work, play and eat. 

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Imagine Farms producing food that is always fresh, clean and ready-to-eat: no pesticides or preservatives; just water, light, minerals, and love. Imagine feeding your family produce that was just harvested; robust with nutrition and full of flavor.  

 

Imagine Farms with a positive impact on the environment. Farms that require very little water. Farms that utilize vertical planes to maximize their footprint, producing an incredible amount of food on a compact lot of land. Imagine returning farmland back to nature; rewilding depleted fields transformed into natural carbon sinks.  

Imagine Farms that distribute in close proximity to where the produce is grown; fortifying our food supply chain, minimizing food miles, reducing food spoilage and food waste.  

Imagine Farms that are modular. Farms that can be configured to fit in a space as small as 50x100 sq/ft, tucked into a densely populated

neighborhood. Or, farms configured to scale up and service a large fulfillment center growing fresh, healthy food at the heart of urban distribution. Imagine a modular farm adaptable to grow specific types of produce to meet the needs of each unique community.

 

Imagine Farms that are a hub of innovation and education. Providing the next generation with the skills they need to feed our growing population. Imagine Future Farmers thriving right now, receiving hands-on work experience while reimagining a food system better for our planet and the health and wellbeing of everyone in our communities.  

  

Imagine Farms growing vibrant food in community, with community, for community. 

Sustainable Farming

  • 95% Less Water Usage 

  • Zero Agricultural Runoff 

  • Zero Wildlife Habitat Destruction 

  • Zero Food Waste  

  • Zero Pesticides and Harsh Chemicals 

  • Locally Grown and Distributed 

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We are an Indoor, Vertical, Hydroponic Farm growing a wide variety of leafy greens and vegetables guided by sustainable farming practices with minimal impact on the environment while adding incredible value to our community. 

Sisters & Founding Farmers

In 2016, Imagine Farms (originally named Box Greens) was just a fantasy for two sisters who had reached a crossroads in their lives; Lisa was recovering from a life-threatening cancer diagnosis; and Cheryl, a serial entrepreneur had just exited her previous endeavor. While Lisa was recovering from surgeries and a brutal chemotherapy experience, Cheryl was looking towards a brighter future with her sister by researching, designing, plotting, and planning what would eventually become Box Greens.  

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Co-Founders Cheryl Arnold and Lisa Merkle were born and raised in Miami, FL. Both attended Palmetto High School and The University of Florida. The sisters each have a dynamic professional history; Cheryl successfully developed a nationally recognized online marketing platform and had launched, built, and successfully exited the organic produce delivery service; Endlessly Organic. Lisa spent 20 years in NYC where she worked as Studio Manager with Photographer Bruce Weber, and then later established a reputable experiential event production studio focused on the themes of health and wellbeing. 

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Imagine Farms is an indoor vertical hydroponic farm located in Little Haiti, Miami utilizing technology and vertical space to grow a wide variety of lettuces, herbs, and microgreens on a compact footprint. Delicate flavors are made possible by the precise growing climate. The location, central to Greater Miami and Miami Beach means local lettuce lovers enjoy Imagine Farms produce within hours of harvest. Fresh from the Farm to your favorite restaurant, or your front door through our produce subscription with local delivery. 

 

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