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Urban Oasis Project, Inc. (UOP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase access to fresh, local food in Miami-Dade County. UOP does this by helping build food gardens and by starting farmers' markets in under served neighborhoods, usually food deserts with a high percentage of low income residents with low access to grocery stores. The newest addition is the 'Mobile Farmstand', which provides fresh vegetables from local farms to many food desert areas within Miami-Dade County. UOP educates people to make better food choices and promotes healthy locally grown fruits and vegetables in communities with few healthy choices.
Urban Oasis Project administers The Verde Community Farm & Market. The Verde Community Farm & Market operates as a farmer's market and organic vegetable farm and is part of the Verde Gardens Community located in Homestead, which is a Carrfour Supportive Housing Community that houses 145 formerly homeless families.
Verde Community Farm is a 22-acre USDA Certified Organic fruits and vegetable farm located in Homestead, Florida. All of our efforts help to support the Verde Gardens Community housing project by providing access to high quality organic produce, employment opportunities and educational outreach.
Verde Community Farm produces a large variety of tropical fruits and vegetables. In the field you will find carrots, lettuce, kale, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, herbs and much much more. We have several varieties of bananas for eating fresh and cooking, papayas, and dragonfruit. In our shadehouse we produce a variety of specialty greens, microgreens, and sunflower shoots. We've also been known to cut some flowers from our flower garden from time to time.
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