There is a farm hidden in a big city with magical rooms and colorful interiors. The first time I toured the property I was mesmerized by the animals around the backyard and the little houses surrounding the area. When I met Gabby (the owner) for the first time, I was impressed by her story and how she turned this place into a wonderland. With some money left from her Grandma and an idea in mind, Gabby restored this forgotten farm into a wonderful business experience. I asked her some questions, since she can tell you her story better than I.
1- Tell me a little bit more about yourself.
I was born in Miami and raised on South Beach and for as long as I can remember I always knew I wanted to do two things: become a writer just like my mother, and rescue animals. In the fall on 2011, I moved up to New York and by the summer of 2014, right after I received my degree from NYU in Creative Writing, I found myself at a cross roads. Do I stay in New York, or move back home? At the time, my grandmother had recently past away and she had left me a little bit of money that I knew I wanted to invest into Real Estate. I’ve always loved the idea of flipping houses, but the problem is that I tend to get too attached to things and I knew that if I poured my heart and soul into a project that I probably could never part with it. So, I started to maybe think that perhaps the route I should go is to find a property that I could profit off of without ever having to sell it. I also wanted to find a place where I would continue to have the freedom to keep writing my sad poems and personal essays while also having enough space to start my animal rescue/sanctuary.
I had seen the farm a few years earlier, when I was home on Spring Break. The Miami herald had featured it in an article when it first was put up for sale. I fell in love with it immediately, but unfortunately, I still had three more years of school, so the timing wasn’t quite right. However, three years later, when I was toying with the idea of moving back home, I asked my friend and realtor Reid Heidenry, if that property was still on the market. I was almost positive he was going to say no, that it had been long swept up and now under new ownership, but to my surprise, he said it was still on the market and not only that but the price had been greatly lowered. I knew right then and there, it was meant to be mine.
2 – When was the house built and how many square feet is “The little Farm House”?
The entire property is just under an acre. We have the main house, which was built in 1918 and is around 1,200 square ft., a two story boathouse, six colorful cottages and, of course, a barn.
3- Did you name it “The Little Farm house” and what inspired you to name it like this?
I always knew I wanted a little farm, filled with rescued animals and also a small vegetable garden. Our rescue has been growing but unfortunately, our little vegetable garden is struggling to stay afloat since the pig, goat and horse are apparently huge fans of what was once our radish, tomato and herb garden and no matter how many fences or wiring we out around it, somehow the three of them work together to overcome those obstacles. The only fruits that seem to thrive are the fruit trees, which no one can get to. Sorry, I’m going off on a tangent….But, yeah, in a nutshell, I was the one that named it The Little Farm House, because that’s what I always wanted it to be. A simple little farm house with a simple little name.
4- How many animals do you have and where did you find them?
Currently we have 4 dogs, five cats, 12 ducks, 6 chickens, a rooster, a goat, a pig, a pony and as of yesterday, a bunny which my sister found on the side of I95. All of our animals are rescued from either the local shelter or we found them as strays. The goat and the chickens, however, I actually got from an illegal slaughterhouse that I accidentally stumbled upon a few months ago. I’m happy to report that the slaughterhouse did get shut down. You can keep up with all of our rescues and latest additions, over on our IG account, which is: @thelittlefarmhouserescue
5- What type of events are available to host in “The Little Farm House”?
So far we’ve had weddings, birthdays, a retirement party, along with a few charity events, one of which was hosted by The Knights foundation. I also have personally thrown one adoption event at the farm, where Miami Dade Animal Services brought over ten dogs and a cat that were all up for adoption. PBR generously donated the beers and Ms Cheesious donated their delicious sandwiches. I am currently in the process of organizing another adoption event since the first one was such a success (out of the ten dogs that were brought, 8 of them found a home and so did the kitty).
6- What’s the style decor of “The little Farm House”?
As far as style decor goes, I guess I would have to say farm house shabby chic with a hint of bohemian flair.
7- What is your favorite interior design magazine?
I don’t really look at interior design magazines. Mostly I’ll scroll through IG pages, such as @somewhereIwouldliketolive or @mepflung and get my inspiration from them. Also, I do love to flip through the pages of Anthropology, which there sets are always so beautifully designed.
8- Define yourself in three words.
Trying my best.
I think God had a purpose and plan for Gabby since the beginning. I can imagine myself writing my blog and sipping cappuccino every morning at this little corner in the boat House. I forgot to go to the second floor of this house but, you can see it in her website. The Little Farm House offers a great space for a retreat experience, wedding venue or other type of event. I enjoyed visiting this little gem from Miami. Gabby not only rescued her animals but also this Farm from being swept off the map. Thanks to Gabby Miami locals have a new place to host their events.
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Photography by Henna from THT Photography