Margie Pikarsky, Owner of Bee Heaven Farm
Why she’s in the Food 50: Margie Pikarsky is a pioneer in South Florida’s farm-to-table movement. She coordinates the Redland Organics CSA (community-supported agriculture), bringing its members just-picked produce from small local farms. The former University of Miami data analyst with degrees in biology and psychology administration harvests honey on her farm, where bees have their pick among tropical-fruit blossoms and flowering herbs, flavoring their nectar. Pikarsky was promoting the benefits of local, sustainable produce before farm-to-table was even a buzzword. “In general, people are more savvy about food and are motivated to eat better, as seen in the juicing and kale fads and the farm-to-table awareness, even in schools,” she said. “Everyone has to eat, so it is wise to put the least contaminated and processed food in your body.”
Who’s in next year’s Food 50? Pikarsky said to keep an eye on the work of Verde Gardens, an urban-farming project located at the old Homestead Air Force Base.
Where to find her: Bee Heaven Farm, Southwest 187th Avenue and 264th Street, Redland.