Miami’s hidden gem: The Earth n’ Us Farm (includes video story)

At the beginning of the 1960s, Miami became a thriving tourist destination. Vacationers swarmed around the best-known hotspot: Miami Beach. Although Miami is an urban city, there are places that most visitors, even residents, don’t know about: The Earth n’ Us Farm. Located in Little Haiti, the Earth n’ Us Farm offers visitors an enjoyable experience of nature.

It all started in the late 1970s when owner Ray Chasser had the vision to create a safe space for his family. Growing up in the Little Haiti, he knew the violence that took place on his side of town. He didn’t want his kids to grow up in a neighborhood with only that. Therefore Chasser purchased his first property, which was an abandoned drug house. Since then, he gradually bought two acres of land that eventually became common living spaces.

Over the years, it became a farm and an idealized sanctuary for animals and individuals to enjoy nature. It has blossomed in many ways, as people pour in to feed animals, donate and participate in activities like potluck dinners, volleyball games, night drum circle sessions and yoga. Not only do they offer various activities, but individuals can also vacation in their famous gumbo limbo treehouse.

Amal Albaladejo is a junior at FIU, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in digital TV & Multimedia Production with a minor in psychology. She aspires to one day be a professional film editor, as she enjoys using her creativity to fit together the puzzle of clips to tell a story.

Samaria Clair is a transferred student at Florida International University. She is currently a senior and expects to graduate summer of 2023. Clair is majoring in Digital Media and Journalism. At Georgia State University, Clair was a news writer for the number one student’s school newspaper in the state of Georgia, The Signal. She is currently a part of two organizations at FIU: contributing writer for FIU’s student newspaper, PantherNow, and National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

Raven Ratliff is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Digital Communication and Media in Digital TV and Multimedia Production. Though she is still figuring it out, in the future she plans to work as a screen actress as well as do work behind the camera with screen writing, directing, producing and more.