After working in the restaurant and fine wine business for many years, husband and wife duo, Tamer and Claire Harpke joined forces in 2013 to focus on their urban farm labor of love.
While Tamer Harpke has always been an avid gardener by hobby, his interest in traditional farming was piqued after several trips to the great wine regions of Europe, where he worked the grape harvests in Italy.
Both Harpkes share a background in Hospitality Management, having worked in fine dining restaurants throughout South Florida and having managed fine wine import portfolios. Though Mrs. Harpke will jump-in come harvest-time, she generally spends her time handling deliveries, administration and accounting, whereas Mr. Harpke mostly works the field, so to speak.
With many established relationships from his days in wine sales, Tamer is both Farm Manager and Sales Manager. But as with many start-ups, both parties wear many different hats…
Harpke Family Farm was an early member of the Growing Broward movement and the Harpkes have been longtime supporters of the Slow Food organization, specifically the Slow Food Glades to Coast and Slow Food Miami chapters.
Future plans for Harpke Family Farm include outreach programs for veterans, educational partnerships, school garden sponsorships, a farm-to-table dinner series, a consumer lecture series, apprenticeships, school field trips and, hopefully, further expansion.