Tiffany Noe and her partner Muriel Olivares are two women from the art world that started an urban farm in Miami called Little River Cooperative. If you think that’s an odd transition (or an odd job), I couldn’t agree more. That’s why I called Tiffany, from the comfort of my air-conditioned office, and made her tell me everything about it. Our call cut out a couple times — she took it from her pick-up truck, en route from farm to restaurant — but we managed. Read on to hear her about her fascinating everyday routine.

My business partner Muriel and I have an urban farm. It’s three acres, located on an empty residential property in the middle of Miami. There’s an actual agricultural area called Homestead about an hour and a half away, but we’re right in the city center. We’re like in it, you know?

We do typical farming stuff, but since we’re in the city, we do other things like take care of edible gardens for restaurants, too. If we were in the middle of Wisconsin on a normal gigantic farm, we wouldn’t be able to do that. We wouldn’t be surrounded, literally, by people who care about eating organic, locally-grown food. We also have a cool plant nursery — it’s in a neighborhood that’s even more in the urban core — where we grow plants in a greenhouse and tend a garden where we hold lots of demonstrations and workshops.

Because we’re an urban farm, we drive around a lot. I think that’s one of the things that makes our job so unique. I imagine that normal farmers live on their farms in their cute houses and walk outside in the morning and do romantic farming things like milk their goats and ride tractors. But we live in the city. We swing by the local coffee shop on our way to work, drive around town in our old, beat-up pick-up truck, deliver produce to some of the fanciest restaurants in town. It’s a weird contrast.

I drive a 1992 electric blue Ford Ranger and wear spandex shorts every day because it’s so hot. And I’m always filthy. I’ll often leave the farm from a day of harvesting and drive my truck — which is loud because I don’t have a muffler — up to the valet at Soho House. And the valet people will roll their eyes like, “Here comes that farmer girl again.” I think they’re grossed out by my car, but some of them are really nice. Then I’ll walk in all filthy and the chefs will be like, “Yay, Tiffany’s here!”

Before this, I managed an art gallery in Berlin for eight years. But I kind of got over it, so I left. I pulled one of those, “I’m abandoning my whole life” kind of moves. I quit my job and I left my partner and I moved to America and I drove around the country for a year to figure out where to go and what to do for a living. I’d gotten into gardening by then, and I imagined I might work somewhere in the responsible food system. Perhaps at a non-profit, in an office, helping people with food inequality issues or food distribution or something. I knew I wanted to do something with organic food and responsible farming, I just didn’t know that I would become a farmer myself. Or a tropical farmer!

I’m from Miami, so I just went there to visit my family — I didn’t intend to stay — and that’s when I met Muriel. She also has an art background and she had a little farm and, because of our mutual interests, we started collaborating. And then it all just kind of happened. Neither of us were like, “I want to be a full-time farmer or a gardener.” But someone asked us: “Do you want to rent more land?” And then someone else offered, and then someone else was like, “Can I buy veggies from you?” and someone else was like, “Can you look after my garden?” It was a domino effect. And now we do it for a living.

It was a transition though. I definitely had a moment where I paused and wondered: Should I quit my job and do this full time? I was waiting tables when I first got here, and then at some point I realized that if I kept waiting tables then I’d never put enough into the farm. So I quit and though, Okay, here’s hoping! At that point there was enough business happening so we could make it work.

We’re in the subtropics, so farming here is really different and quite difficult. There’s been a lot of stuff to work out on our own. Like, all the other farmers we follow on Instagram aren’t dealing with the same things that we are. Hawaii is the only place that’s similar in terms of weather.

Every day is different, but on a typical day, I’ll go to the farm in the morning, meet a bunch of volunteers and part-time employees there and we’ll got on our knees and harvest an eight-foot trailer full of vegetables. Radishes or salad greens or lettuce. Then Muriel might stay there while I leave and go take care of a garden. That will include driving to a nursery and packing the trailer full of shovels and filling my car with plants, maybe driving over to one of the restaurants where we take care of the gardens. We have four really big restaurant gardens that we tend, and we spend a lot of time at those. We’ll to the chef about what kind of specials can be included that day or show them some new plants we just got in stock or talk about which parts are edible — a lot of education. Then I’ll get home really filthy from digging, weeding and watering at three different gardens, with my truck full of compost. It’s usually dark by then.

Our work is very seasonal. Winter is our busy season. In January, we’re probably working around 70 hours a week, six days a week. One of the reasons we do that is because we have an off-season (summer) during which we need to have an income. So we’ll hustle really hard for five months in the winter and then pare it back a bit. Like this week, I’ll probably work 25 hours. Around this time of year, there’s time for vacations and hobbies, being lazy, going to the beach, all that. In the summer we leave for six weeks and close our business. This July, I’m driving up to the New York farm area to do a little research road trip, and Muriel’s going to Brussels. But even on our days off we’re still working a bit. We’re really passionate about what we do and making our business successful.

For eight years I had an office job. I was working with artists from around the world, in a gallery with creative coworkers. I had what I considered to be the coolest job possible with this great company. But I wouldn’t go back! I love not working at a desk. We do spend time in front of the computer because we’re a business — we have to send a bunch of invoices and emails — but I love that each day is so different for us. I love spending time outside, I like being physical. I get that there are other people that might not want to do this for a living, but we kind of designed this lifestyle for ourselves, by building our business in this way. We love it.

The only part that I dislike is always being so hot. It’s summer right now and it’s 105 degrees out with 90 percent humidity! But really that’s nothing. I feel like the luckiest person to do what I do. Muriel and I have amazing clients and we go to a farmer’s market every weekend and sell to community members and garden for people all over town. Chefs and tastemakers and artists and poets. We love being surrounded by this community we’ve developed. Everyone’s really supportive and we’re very proud of what we do. We feel like we’re making a difference. There’s not a lot of organic farmers in Miami, especially not urban farmers that are really accessible. We’re so closely connected to the people we’re feeding. We also do a lot of kids’ workshops about bugs, pickling, fermentation, tropical fruits. It’s all super rewarding. I wouldn’t change it for anything. I imagine I’ll work with plants and my body for the rest of my life.

Of course the job has its challenges; running a business is never easy. Muriel and I are both really strong-willed. We’re full of opinions and sometimes they’re not the same and sometimes we annoy each other. But we’re very close. We started as friends with a common interest, you know? Our challenges as business partner is part of the fun. Growing with someone else, being mature about disagreements, convincing each other of things, it’s all part of it.

When I meet people and tell them what I do, the most common reaction I get is surprise that my job even exists. People are always surprised that we make enough money to be happy humans living in Miami, Florida — which has such high rent, higher than LA right now. But yes, we do this for a living! It’s our job and it works. If you’re really passionate about something, I think you can find a way to make it your job.

Photos by Gesi Schilling; follow her on Instagram @gesischilling.

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  • Hilary

    This is the coolest! So inspiring. Great article, Haley.

  • la_ninon

    Manrepeller, I love you, but this is the most absurd, privilege-dripping piece I’ve read on this site.

    • Adrianna
    • stella

      Seriously! they sound so full of themselves entitled

    • Mandy

      How is this privilege-dripping? They work their asses off. 70 hours a week sometimes. When is the last time you did that.

      • Hayley

        Agreed — I don’t think they come off as privileged at all. They sound like they worked hard and reaped the merits of their efforts.

        • Jade

          Privileged doesn’t mean that someone doesn’t work hard, though. It’s that she starts out at a higher economic level. Some degree of economic security is necessary to drive around the country soul searching and trying to imagine your ideal career. Let’s face the facts. She starts out in the story at a higher socio-economic point.

          No one is saying she doesn’t work hard. People seem confused by this, but saying someone has a degree of privilege doesn’t say anything about their work ethic. It just says that they start out at a higher economic level. I am sure that a lot of these people work really hard.
          Actually, people of all classes work hard. Many people work 70 hours a week just to pay the bills and support their children, but do not attain her level of success. I have worked 70 hours a week quite a bit myself and there is not a snowball’s chance in hell that I will ever own a giant urban farm.

          • Paula Rodio

            Exactly, doctors work even more hours a week…but the reality is not everybody is in a position to go to medical school. The only thing privilege and good work ethic have in common, is that not everyone has them.

          • Jade

            Yes, exactly! There isn’t a causal relationship between the work ethic and the privilege – this is the main reason the topic keeps coming up, because some people suggest that the work ethic is the direct cause of the economic privilege. This may have been true at some points in US history – e.g., the early 20th century Horation Alger books, with plot lines like the stock boy who works hard and saves money and eventually owns the store, etc. etc. – but it’s not the case when wealth or privilege is passed down through generations.

      • Adrianna

        I’m curious if the same people who donated the “cool plant nursery” would donate that nursery if it would supply food to a food desert or employed immigrants.

      • Jasmin Sander

        I don’t doubt they work hard, but the bit about the volunteers bothers me. You can make a job out of anything …as long as long as it’s cool enough to get you a free workforce. I wonder if they’d be in a position to offer some of them paying jobs once they’ve picked up the skills and experience? Of course this also applies to many other fields.

      • Jade

        I think it’s more the tone of the article, with the references to “romantic farming things” and repeated comments that they are right there in the urban core, or as the says, “in the shit!”

        Also, narratives that involve taking a year off to drive around and reflect usually imply some degree of economic privilege. Privilege doesn’t mean that she doesn’t work hard. But she has a choice to do this work because of economic privilege. It’s easier to wax philosophic about the beauty of farming if you are not making minimum wage picking bananas for 70 hours a week.

        How do you think she got the land? They didn’t just give it to her, regardless of how it is framed in this article.

    • I thought the same thing all the way through. Where did they get the money to do this? Do they actually make money doing what they do? Then I was like “Ding, they are probably already rich. Duh.” And then I got annoyed. So glad I’m not the only one. Could/would you cover some people who actually toil on a farm? I met some Latin American seasonal workers who sleep like five to a room at a farm upstate. I’m sure they’d love an interview and photo shoot. They unfortunately don’t look quite so picturesque as these two though…

  • Deboleena

    I did not find this absurd or privilege-dripping. It sounds like they worked really hard to make a career out of something they love to do and continue to work hard to maintain that dream!

    • Jade

      No one is saying she doesn’t work hard. I am sure that she does work many hours a week.
      You need some degree of financial security to make a career out of your dream, though. She was able to just drive around the country in her var for a year reflecting…So there was obviously some savings or money to fall back on… That’s the kind of thing that people mean when they talk about privilege.

      • Deboleena

        Thanks for your comment. I think the focus of this article was on the specific endeavour of quitting a job in the art world to take an unconventional path in urban farming, and what this unusual job entails. I am curious why people take her (quite possibly) affluent background to be offensive or somehow detract from what she and her business partner are doing now. Maybe she is “privileged”, but does that mean that MR should not profile her because of it? As some are suggesting, are those who have less socio-economic privilege more worthy of a profiling? Food for thought.

        • Jade

          I don’t take her background as offensive per se, but some of her comments (e.g., the “romantic farming”) are offputting. That was my original comment. I only responded to the comments about privilege because I felt that people were confused about how the idea of privilege applies to this particular situation and I wanted to clarify it.

          Obviously anyone who is doing something interesting and inspiring is worthy of profiling. I wouldn’t consider stratifying the profiles by economic background.

          That being said, her own tone and comments detract from the profile. In some of the comments (like the one I mentioned above) she comes off as kind of a clueless suburban teenage girl. Again, I don’t know if the is actually like that in real life or if that is just the writer’s tone in this article, but some of the quotes don’t do her any favors. I am honestly not sure why the author didn’t leave out some of those ditsy sounding comments. You don’t have to include everything the person says in the finished article. If I were profiled (not that I am expecting anything like this in the near future or ever) I would hope that the author would edit the article so that I was being presented in the most positive light. If I made some offhand remark that made me sound clueless or entitled, I would hope that the author wouldn’t stick it in the third paragraph of the article. You can pick and choose which quotes to use, it’s not like a court transcript! If I had done this profile, I would never have used that “romantic farming” quote, even if the person interviewed did say it. It doesn’t add strength to the profile but rather diminishes the rest of it.

  • Anne Dyer

    Now I want an old truck oozing with fresh produce but I’m kindly passing on the spandex shorts. Hot crotch is not a condition I enjoy.

    • gracesface

      that is ALL i could think about…like in humidity!? yiiiiikes.

  • Julia Schnell

    “We wouldn’t be surrounded, literally, by people who care about eating organic, locally-grown food.”

    I don’t think that’s a fair assumption to make about people in Wisconsin? I mean, they have organic farms, too…

    • Alexia

      I think what they’re trying to say is that because they live in a city they are surrounded by the people that are eating their organic food.
      In Wisconsin most farms are bigger and not in cities so the people that eat the food probably live further out.

      • Meg S

        That’s not what sustainable farming means. Sustainable farming is farming while using techniques that protect the environment.

        • Kate

          Pretty sure she’s just saying they’re literally surrounded

    • Meg S

      It’s not fair. Sustainable farming is a thing pretty much everywhere.

      • Ashley Steenson

        From someone who lives in the Deep South, her statement is 100% accurate and implies no pretension.

      • Alexia

        I didn’t even say anything about sustainable farming, nor did she in the context you’re taking it. Her point is that with an urban farm you are close to the people that eat your food.

  • Alice

    So it’s a business but the workers are volunteers?

    Also maybe it was just me, but the tone is weird. Kind of childish, for example the part about using a computer is odd.

    • Jade

      It’s not just you. The tone is very weird.

      • Alice

        Good to know. Our avatars are in sync too!

        • Jade

          That’s Olivia, my baby. A tuxedo kitty.

          • Alice

            Mine is my baby Mia. Well she’s 6, but still my baby.

          • Jade

            Mine is almost 9. But my baby.

  • Mackenzie Skye King

    What a weird article. Its tone is just so—childish? I don’t mean just the content, but also the actual writing style.

    Also ” I imagine that normal farmers just live on their farms in their cute-ass houses and walk outside in the morning and do romantic farming things like milk their goats and ride tractors.” Huh?

    And ” If you’re really passionate about something, I think you can find a way to make it your job.” Cool, definitely helps when you’ve been given free land.

    There just seems like such a disconnect, she’s happy to be feeding “Chefs and tastemakers and artists and poets.” and “We feel like we’re making a difference.” Why? What difference are you making and for whom?

    I’m not upset or offended, mostly baffled and amused by this weird piece.

    • Meghan Johnson

      Agreed regarding writing style. She phrased it like she’s never been to a “normal” farm. The farmers I know work 80 hour weeks and are trying to survive, not too worried about having a cute-ass house.

      • Jade

        Or milking their adorable goats.

    • Alexia

      They said they were offered land, not that they got it for free. There’s a difference there

      • Mackenzie Skye King

        “But someone asked us: “Do you want more land?” And then someone else offered us more land”
        Not clear if they were given it or bought it. I don’t know the market in Miami, but urban land tends to be pretty pricey. Either way, sounds like they have a lot of be thankful for. Colloquially, if someone say they’ve been offered something, people assume it was as a gift. But perhaps they bought it, who knows, this article isn’t exactly heavy on the details of their operation.

        • Haley Nahman

          Just cleared this up — they rent all their land! It was just offered up to rent.

      • Adrianna

        “We also have a cool plant nursery … that was donated to us”

    • allison fargo

      lol agree. as someone who lives in the middle of farmland, i’ve never seen a cute-ass house nor do i think riding tractor is a romantic idea. normal farm life is not romantic. a fab miami based farm-to-table urban farm? now that’s a romantic idea.

      *no hate to these women though, because they clearly work their asses off and i admire that they’ve followed their dreams and are dedicating their lives to that dream*

      • BarbieBush

        Yeah agree this is crazy out of touch with reality!! I know farmers and my partner worked on a farm as a teenager. There is literally nothing cute-ass about it. It is so hard and a constant struggle to maintain independence and keep production up.

    • Mary Kate Kloeblen

      I totally agree with you! I don’t doubt how hard these women work and I’m all about sustainable business, but there is a large sense of disconnect that comes across from this woman. I can’t quite figure out how to phrase it, but I think the way she speaks about her business is pretty nonchalant which comes across as a little arrogant (perhaps, she just has a super laid back personality that came across that way in the interview??). I think we all know that growing a business from scratch is not an easy feat, and I would’ve loved to hear more about the challenges she’s faced as an entrepreneur building her business and how she arrived at her current business model (maybe that’s the business woman in me??).

      • Mackenzie Skye King

        I have so many questions as well! I want to know the nitty-gritty details on how they make it work! That’d be a really cool and informative article.

        • I think it has a weird tone because of what Haley wrote in the intro: “Our call cut out a couple times — she took it from her pick-up truck, en route from farm to restaurant — but we managed.” So it’s basically an edited transcript of a phone call with someone in a pickup truck with spotty cell coverage.

    • Jade

      Agreed. It’s the tone of the article. I can’t get past the tone. I don’t know if the urban farmer actually talks like this, or if iti’s due to the author of the article, but she somehow comes off like an airheaded teenager.

      I had trouble with the part about “romantic farming things.” That’s where it ended for me.

  • gracesface

    Her instagram was not what I expected.

    • Adrianna

      Why am I not surprised that she went to Cuba. Let’s stop sight-seeing poverty, guys.

      • Alexia

        I spent some time in Cuba volunteering with a local church. All the people I met are 100% behind tourism. It’s what they believe is going to fuel their economy and make it possible for them to leave their current poor economic circumstances.

        • belle

          I’d feel the same way if I were living on rations. You take what you can get, sadly it’s not ideal.

          • Alexia

            Yeah, it’s not exactly ideal, but it’s a starting point at least, and hopefully one that leads to other paths.

      • SR

        The link is to the photographer’s Instagram…

  • Jade

    I had trouble getting past this part:

    I imagine that normal farmers just live on their farms in their cute-ass houses and walk outside in the
    morning and do romantic farming things like milk their goats and ride tractors.

    • Gene

      As someone who lives on a “normal farm” (although that’s a bullshit statement to begin with), I fully support all eye rolling and scepticism about this entire pretentious outlook she seems to have. But my house is cute, bordering on effing awesome.

      • Jade

        But do you have a cute goat?

  • Wisconsin was probably one of the worst state to name drop…Madison is a hub for organic based farming that’s pretty much “in the middle” of the state…and Wisconsin has the third-most organic acreage in the country as of 2016. (Also, it takes less than five minutes to find that information)

    • belle

      I was about to say….every time I’ve gone to Wisconsin all the meals are primarily locally sourced and often organic and super high quality at pretty normal prices. And sustainable local food is not something I actively seek out when traveling. It’s pretty impressive. And this is coming from someone who lives in Portland, the epicenter of pretentious hyperlocal eating…

    • Caitie

      I have to say this caught my eye too, and I’m not even from Wisconsin! As someone who travels the US for work, I really look forward to the great farm to table / organic food culture in Madison ❤️

  • I live in the nursery capitol of the world. Tractors are fucking terrible and you can argue with that once you get stuck behind one in traffic.

    • gracesface

      yessss agree 100%. nothing like a tractor caused slooooooooow down.

  • Renata Hedgeway

    I didn’t detect even a smidgen of snideness from the individual featured in this article. I enjoyed the article, and was saddened and surprised at the bitterness of the comments! I find it odd that privilege is being called out on this woman on a website which regularly dedicates articles to the acquisition of clothing that is literally more than my rent. This entire website is privilege, you are drawing the line HERE? At a lady who may have been misinterpreted while being interviewed via telephone while she was in the middle of doing other things? I find that absurd and petty, but don’t worry, you appreciate “how hard she has worked”, and “if she had only done this, and then that…”

    • Elli rvs

      Yes Renata! all of the above! I find their story inspiring!
      Also just because they were given land does not mean they own it now they might have just been offered the right to farm it… with or with out paying rent we don’t know.

      • Amy Cowley

        I completely agree Renata and Elli!! I really think its rad!!., They are doing what they love and thats an awesome thing, and its even cooler that they took a leap from something completely different to do it!

    • Jade

      I think you may be taking this kind of hard… I didn’t say she was snide. However, some of the comments don’t do her any favors. I have no way of knowing if she is actually like this in real life, since we are only seeing her through the lens of the author of this article.

      The issue of privilege only came up because of the tone of some of her comments. It’s not as though this issue just popped up out of nowhere. Again, the writer could have left out those quotes or presented them in such a way that people wouldn’t immediately raise these questions.

      I only commented on the tone and some of the quotes; I didn’t initially even mention privilege. I only mentioned it because some people seemed confused on what the terms means and how it might apply in this particular situation. It’s possible to have some privilege and also work extremely hard. These things aren’t mutually exclusive.

      I am not bitter about this at all. I think it would be awesome to have an urban farm. I have friends who have an urban farm, actually…

      However, I do think the author could have presented her in a more uniformly positive light. Some of those comments really did not need to end up in a finished article. For example, her comments about “romantic farming” and cute farm houses could have been edited out. It’s those kind of comments that detract from the image of her as a serious and hard worker. I don’t know why that comment was left in, but that’s the type of tone that people are responding to in their comments.

    • Adrianna

      I think people on the comment boards are “drawing the line here” because it’s just so tone-death. Many people in the agriculture industry live in poverty. Undocumented and documented immigrants are exploited. Maybe there would be less debate and discussion if they referred to themselves as urban gardeners instead of farmers.

      • Jasmin Sander

        Right, but there are lots of similar issues in fashion, clothing and textiles.

        • Jade

          True, but they aren’t spelled out quite so blatantly. An equally tone deaf article on textiles is hard to imagine, but would probably have a quote something like this:
          “I decided that I would learn to sew. Sewing is a valuable old
          fashioned skill… We have lost touch with these down to earth skills
          like less civilized people have – Those cultures have a certain charm
          that we have lost – just think of those darling little children sewing
          clothes for 12 hours a day in a cute little shop in Guatemala…”

    • J

      I agree. The sudden vitriolic comments and suspicion of “privilege” is pretty weird on an (often) luxury fashion website. I think the point of the interview, article and really these women’s intentional changes of occupation and lifestyle is about getting outdoors, doing work that is needed, and finding something you love. I was inspired by it and appreciate MR for their work to cover a range of stories. Also, it is great to hear about people doing sustainable food work. And we need more urban gardens to help feed people, they in no way devalue the work of farmers in the more traditional farmland.

    • pdbraide

      the comments shocked and disturbed me. I enjoyed the article and learned a lot that I can apply as a non farmer that’s not even in the US. 1. There’s a niche in every niche. These women have cut out the middle man and the transport costs for fresh organic produce by planting in the city. More expensive but the market is direct. 2. The side businesses like managing urban gardens and doing workshops would be more lucrative here because no one has to drive out and sleep over… the market is right there. 3. You may start out a business with one focus but be pay attention to and grab the other selling opportunities that emerge. Its phenomenal that they know the KITCHENS of thier clients. There is nothing casual, easy, free, or accidental about this business. These are clearly smart, hardworking women who shared valuable information about a business built on passion. I hope to use some of this information for my business too. sheesh! my longest comment on man repeller ever

    • pdbraide

      a smidgen?

  • Beril Bahadir

    I think the tone of the article comes off weird partly because, as Haley put it, the interview was done via phone while the interviewee was busy doing something else? Maybe it would have been different if it had been a face-to-face or written interview..

    • Jade

      Maybe so. The article has this strange, sort of ironic, tone.

  • C. Killion

    Farming must be the biggest gamble on the face of the planet…who needs Las Vegas?! You have to balance weather, land and the occasional weather-related disaster, not to mention bugs and critters. Big bugs, as I recall, from Hawaii. Fascinating article, these women have gumption, drive and smarts. Both took the opportunity, the chance, the gamble…and are playing it forward. Brava!

    • Amy Cowley

      I agree completely!!

  • Channeling: Fred…

    I literally barfed when I read this POS article. And you know it’s a POS because the 2nd photo shows a “farmer” stepping out of her retro pick-up truck with a f*cking lap dog. And, unless you’re Amish, who wears a skirt to farm?!

    This is why Trump.

  • kay

    so i just wrote out a comment piling on about how annoying this farmer came off as, that ended with this: that said, the type of farming she’s doing really is valuable and possibly/hopefully the future of urban food supply. early adopters are often odd birds, so i guess i hope she fixes her truck and more power to her. and then i was like, why don’t i just write that? why am i being so hard on her? am i really asking this woman to be less annoying in an interview? it is important to call out privilege, and she should have done it herself (instead of going on about soho house), but i can’t bring myself to hate the job that she’s doing. i think i want to admire her and tell her to knock it off at the same time, but where is the line between calling out privilege and expecting humble perfection from successful women?

    • Alexia

      Some good food for thought!

    • Haley Nahman

      Thanks for this.

    • Jade

      I don’t really blame her for the way she sounded in the interview. People say random things all the time. The issue is more the decision to include those comments in the article. The article would have a completely different tone if even two of those quotes were removed.

  • Amy Cowley

    I don’t know If I agree, I think this is an awesome article. I Left New York working for a studio to move back to a farm in Zambia where I am originally from, and its refreshing to find other articles about people changing their way of living and taking a leap into something completely different because they think it might benefit other people . I am currently teaching people who can’t afford to go to school to sew and weave so they have ways to go through everyday life with some sort of skill, which is a complete change from the life i had in New York which was all about fashion and spending the year preparing for the fashion week season.

    These girls are badass! i dig it!., I Think I agree with the tone of the article being a bit off, but the essence is awesome! Even with this article in front of us we don’t know their full story at its cool that thats where they ended up, and that they doing something cool. A bit of girl power.

  • Ira Honings

    I really do not understand the negative reactions. I think it’s a great life they’re living. And yes, they look good. But everybody looks good in green. You are not jealous, are you? 😉

    • Jade

      No. Though if I were the person interviewed I would be pretty upset with the author of the article…

  • Imaiya Ravichandran

    “Like, all the other farmers we follow on Instagram aren’t dealing with the same things that we are.”

    okay, this is where I lost it LOL

    • Haley Nahman

      Hey, it’s 2017!

      • Imaiya Ravichandran

        V true!

  • tiffany noe

    Hi internet, I’m tentative about participating in the conversation because this piece is about me, and I can see that it’s tone has upset many of you, but I just wanted to clear up a few things. Our land wasn’t given to us, we rent it at a high cost. It’s true that land in the urban core of Miami is unaffordable for farming, so we are lucky to have a generous landlord but the land is absolutely paid for fairly. We also pay part time workers a fair living wage, 15$ an hour. I definitely regret speaking so casually of our business, which i take very seriously. I had no idea that this article was going to just be a completely unedited transcription of our conversation so clearly some of my word choices weren’t the best for clearly communicating to you all our situation. Had I known my answers to these questions were going to be published word for word I definitely would have been more thoughtful. The part of your responses that pain me the most are the ones where people are assuming we are just rich girls. That couldn’t be further from the truth… we work very hard at our small but growing business and are proud to be able to make a living doing so.

    • Good luck! 🙂 (from a fellow hard worker)

    • Alexandra Queiroz

      I loved the article, thank you for sharing your experience with us! You inspired me to finally pursue something that I’ve been thinking of for so long but never really knew how to go about it. I wish you all the best!

    • Jade

      I had no idea that this article was going to just be a completely unedited transcription of our conversation so clearly some of my word choices weren’t the best for clearly communicating to you all our situation. Had I known my answers to these questions were going to be published word for word I definitely would have been more thoughtful.>>

      Thank you! This is exactly what I said. No one who is giving an interview expects to be quoted verbatim; it’s up to the author to select appropriate quotes and present the person profiled in a reasonably positive light. I seriously don’t understand why some of the quotes were included in what is supposedly a positive profile/interview.

    • Jasmin Sander

      Thanks for this!

  • Rachel Lauren Hickman

    Dang there are some harsh comments in here..haha. I actually love the way this article was written! I love the ‘nonchalant’ attitude others are complaining about. I think it shows how peacefully happy she is. She is doing what she loves and that in itself is super inspiring. Particularly for someone like me who just graduated college and is feeling a bit lost on what to do with my life. A+ in my book 🙂

    • Alexandra Queiroz

      My thoughts exactly! I was pretty shocked when I read some of the comments here because, to me, she seems so peacefully happy with her life choices. It’s kinda sad to see how upsetting it is for some people. I on the other hand got inspired by it.

      • Jade

        lol I wasn’t upset at all. I just thought the article had a strange tone.

  • Allegra

    …….i couldn’t even make it through this all the way. as someone who actually farms and has seen a variety of different set ups there is very little that’s “romantic” about farming as a full time job. idk if it’s the tone or what but this came off as the most condescending, “i’m cool because i’m this skinny dirty girl in spandex shorts and everyone hates me for it”, privileged bullshit. what difference are they claiming to make? in providing organic produce to a city already obsessed with it? or in paying none of their workers? or in promoting a hard living lifestyle while using donated land? i just……..don’t get it.

  • Kelly Hitzing

    I live with Tiffany and have to chime in because some of these comments are just bananas. She already clarified a lot of the incorrect assumptions herself so I hope you read that.

    We rent a house with four people to be able to live near our work because Miami is expensive and nobody involved here is rich. Using money saved from working for almost a decade as a single, childless woman to travel (by used car and camping and working on farms) is really that priveledged?

    So much more I could say but I don’t want to feed the negativity. Maybe it would help if the interviewer had posted her questions since the article she published is just Tiffany’s spoken answers word for word.

    Sawyer is not a lap dog and Muriel is wearing culottes, not a dress (for a photo shoot for a fashion blog, not actual farm work.)

    • Jade

      Well, I really blame the author for this, so…

  • Cora Kiermeier

    At first I was a bit putt off by the tone of the whole article (like most commenters here) and how she seems to be quite privileged but then I thought…so what? It’s not exactly a crime to have money and put it in a project you’re passionate about. Of course there are people who aren’t that fortunate but if she and her partner were lucky enough…well,good for them! But still I would’ve liked to hear more details of how she came to decide to change jobs and what her decision entailed etc. I guess that what’s a little confusing about this piece,because there aren’t that many details it seems like it all was pure coincedence.
    Sorry for any mistakes btw,English is not my native language…that’s how you say it,isn’t it? 🙂

  • Alexandra Queiroz

    About some of the commenters here: it’s ok to dislike and have a different point of view about something, but wow, I’m utterly shocked with how aggressive and judgemental they are, just assuming that people they know nothing about are privileged… There are people here who even checked her Instagram and then came back here only to make snide remarks about it – I mean, does anyone think it’s normal?! There may be something really wrong going on inside of these commenters and I hope they can use this as an opportunity for some deep self-assessment.

    About the article: love it! Love their story and it did motivate me to pursue something completely outside my comfort zone, that’s been on my mind for over a decade and I just hadn’t found the right way to approach it – until now. Thank you for inspiring me!

    Also, since so many people have questions about their journey, about how exactly they built their business, I’d love MR to do a follow-up article talking about it!

    • Jade

      It’s hard not to respond judgementally to some of the quotes. I honestly don’t know why they were included in the finished article.

      That being said, there are always some really mean people in the comments on the Internet. Have you ever seen the comments section on or Get Off My Internet? Vicious.

  • sara_math

    I skipped this article at first…but read it after I saw it filed under “humor.” Now I just feel confused!

    • Jade

      I thought it was satire when I first read it.

  • spicyearlgrey

    the focus of jobs in urban areas is a misstep! most of your audience is from urban areas (i would imagine). pls expose us to something new! i want to learn about other ways of living

  • annie holland

    I am really interested in how team MR is going to respond to the commentary on this post and if there was a misrepresentation of information.

  • Larry david

    Good news for the art world

  • robert

    you people need to chill out. she says things fell into place at the right time (you don’t know the background of what it took to get this project started) but she’s generally cheerful about the fact that it happened. the tone of this article sounds like dealing with a farmer chick who smoked some weed and gave you a quick glimpse of what she does for a living.

    • Jade

      That is exactly what it sounds like.