Community gardening grows on your farm

Pennsylvania native Stefan Horbonis was taken aback by the concept of zero lot lines when he moved to South Florida, but the real game-changing moment came when his son asked what a closed. After using modern farming techniques to grow greens in their garage and share them with neighbors, Horbonis and his wife purchased an overgrown dirt lot in Loxahatchee in 2016. The result: You Farm, a destination agriculture focused on providing families with healthy, sustainable and local products. food.

For some, the most exciting part of You Farm is in its 8-by-16-foot plots. During two growing seasons each year (fall to winter and winter to spring), gardeners of any skill level can purchase their own plot and become part of the You Farm community garden. The farm manages the watering of each plot throughout the season, each gardener being responsible for preparing the plot, planting the plants of his choice and maintaining it. Anything harvested can be kept or the excess can be purchased by You Farm to be sold at one of its events.

To emphasize the “community” in its community gardens, You Farm has created its own chat room where gardeners can meet virtually and ask questions of the master gardeners of the Monts Botanical Garden. Community gardeners can also pick fresh eggs, learn about beekeeping or use the picnic area.

“You Farm isn’t just about our family, it’s about the community and what you want to put in and do with your garden,” says Horbonis.