Acosta Farms, Inc.

It’s been over 40 years since Alcides Acosta planted his first grove in Miami. Decades later, he and his family own hundreds of acres of fruit trees, field-grown palms, and container palms and foliage plants in the Homestead area. Initial focus of the container farm was on tropical and cold hardy palms and cycads, but son Victor has recently expanded to include production of ferns, cordylines, yuccas, and bananas.

 

We understand the importance of growing a wide assortment of crops, not only to help fill trucks or for you to offer your customers more variety, but to keep enthusiasm and passion alive in the industry. We are constantly looking for new and exciting varieties to trial and expand our offerings, and we are open to prebooking product and contract growing .

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19300 SW 168 St.

Miami, FL 33187 USA

(305) 253-2649 (Main)

Dade County Farm Bureau

”The Voice of Dade Agriculture” providing leadership, communication and technical assistance to its membership.

 

Who We Are

Florida Farm Bureau Federation was conceived and nurtured by a group of dedicated people in agriculture who recognized a need for a general farm organization which could serve as a collective voice for its members. Out of the Great Depression came the need to help economically struggling farmers and ranchers. The development of the rock plow in the 1930s allowed the plowing of rock to create more top soil on large pieces of land giving rise to the large scale, tropical fruit industry.

On March 13, 1942, the Dade County Farm Bureau became the first county Farm Bureau established in Florida. Local farmers met at the Perrine School, and officers were elected. J.D. DuPuis, a local dairyman, served as the first President.

Miami-Dade’s location makes it ideal for the production of tropical fruits, exotic plants and winter vegetables. The agricultural history of Dade has been one of relocation caused by a sprawling population; it has also been one of growth fueled by the demands of this same increasing population. Agriculture is one of the top five industries in Miami-Dade County, providing an economic impact of over $2.57 billion to the local and state economy.

For over 75 years, the Dade County Farm Bureau has been an integral part of the agricultural community, bringing farmers together to solve issues collectively.

Today, the Dade County Farm Bureau has over 3,000 members, making it the largest agricultural organization in Miami-Dade County.

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1850 Old Dixie Hwy.
Homestead, FL 33033 

(305) 246-5514

DiMare Homestead, Inc.

DiMare History

The history of the DiMare companies began with a pushcart filled with produce on the streets of Boston more than 80 years ago.

Three brothers, Dominic, Joseph and Anthony DiMare set out to create a business, and through their hard work and shared vision, they quickly outgrew the pushcart and opened a storefront on Hale Street. As sales continued to increase and their reputation spread, the business relocated to the Quincy Market in 1930. Seven years later, they moved their repack operations and offices to South Boston across from the Boston Terminal Market, and by 1939 the company was marketing its produce nationally. The DiMares formed close alliances with tomato growers in Florida, Texas and California to better serve the geographic needs of the emerging supermarket chains. At the same time, DiMare Brothers became the first produce company in New England to import tomatoes directly from Cuba. By doing this, they were able to provide a year-round supply for their customers. As the success of their business continued, the brothers decided they should invest in farming operations. In 1945 they planted fields of tomatoes and opened their first packing operation in Florida. Five years later, they opened another facility and began planting in the fertile fields of the San Joaquin Valley town of Newman, California. The Florida operation expanded into Ruskin and Immokalee, Florida. The company also planted fields and opened packing operations in Indio, California and Johns Island, South Carolina.

The vision that started on the streets of Boston continues today as the DiMare companies still hold true to the same values embraced by the DiMare brothers. Hard work, integrity and excellence are at the core of everything we do throughout the DiMare companies, and we believe the determination and perseverance of the three brothers live on in the next generations of DiMare family members and outstanding associates that complete our organization today.

We are also keenly aware that growth is most successful when we hold true to our core values, while learning to be flexible and adapt to the changing world and the needs of our customers. In an effort to provide service to our customers from the field to the table, the DiMare companies began to purchase existing repack operations across the country. The first facility was purchased in Tampa, Florida in 1989 and two additional facilities were added in Los Angeles and Sacramento, California in 1999. In 2003, the company established a nationwide network of repack distribution facilities with the creation of DiMare Fresh and began to service out of five additional locations across the United States. DiMare Fresh now operates in eight facilities located in California, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Florida and is able to service approximately 90% of the country’s population.

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Nutrien Ag Solutions

Was established in 2018, but predecessor companies began operating as early as 1859. A lot has changed since then. Advancements in technology allow for more effective growing methods while minimizing environmental impacts. We’ve welcomed more operations into our family and expanded our product and service offerings. Our reach has become global as we are now part of a network of retailers that spans three continents. Despite all those changes, we have never lost sight of the American farmers and the work they do. Decade after decade, we’re here to provide the best technologies, tools and products so you can focus on what you do best – grow.

Operated by Nutrien Retail, Nutrien Ag Solutions is a unit of Nutrien Ltd., the world’s largest agriculture inputs company. Nutrien is comprised of four business units: Nitrogen, Phosphate, Potash and Retail.

Nutrien Retail continues to grow its international and North American presence. In the past five years, approximately 250 independent retailers have been added to the growing family of Nutrien Ag Solutions.

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99 SW 14th Ave.
Homestead, FL 33030 USA

3052454288 (Main)

Plant Life Farms, LLC

The Plant Life Farms Story

Plant Life Farms celebrates its first year anniversary on April 6th, 2016.  Having started with just 10 acres of agricultural land in Homestead, Florida a year ago, Plant Life Farms now operates over 230 acres of container nurseries, as well as 150 acres of tree farms.

Plant Life Farms has grown substantially in a very short time period.  The explosive expansion has been fueled by the ambition of Miami entrepreneur and businessman, Tom Cabrerizo.  Cabrerizo has built, through his CFG Group management company, significant real estate holdings in Florida, with over 6,000 multi-family rental apartment units, 500,00 square feet of commercial real estate space, a building materials supply and distribution business and, now, a vast growing plant nursery.

Cabrerizo was able to acquire the “business assets”, including inventory and equipment, from the secured lenders of the “Medallion” group of companies (Medallion Companies, LLC and Medallion Container Nurseries, LLC).  Plant Life Farms did not acquire any of the Medallion entities, nor did it assume any of the outstanding or contingent liabilities of Medallion.

Cabrerizo is not new to the nursery business, having acquired both a container nursery (Paramount Nursery, LLC) and a palm tree field nursery (CET Farms, LLC) in July 2005.  These two nursery establishments have been very successful over the past ten years and Cabrerizo will bring his nursery management experience to Plant Life Farms.

Donovan Garrison, a long time South Florida nursery operator, has joined forces with Cabrerizo at Plant Life Farms.  According to Cabrerizo, Garrison’s operational, logistical and industry knowledge were key to his decision to expand the nursery operations.

Plant Life Farm’s Mission is to supply quality nursery products at a fair price, to provide excellent customer service and to earn our customer’s business “ONE” plant at a time!

Plant Life Farms and I are looking forward to building a mutually beneficial, profitable and long lasting business relationship with each and every one of our Customers and Suppliers.  Hopefully, I will be able to meet many of you during the next several months.  Please feel free to “say hello”, reach out and/or contact me by email at tc@cfhgroup.com or at my office at (305) 779-8050.

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27805 SW 197th Avenue
Homestead, FL 33031 

305-278-9192 (Main)