M Ranch - St Lucie County
M Ranch: Part of the Agricultural Community
M Ranch is a 2,300-acre family-owned, farm and cattle ranch in western St. Lucie County located east and west of Carlton Road and north of Glades Cut-Off Road. Current uses of the land include cattle ranching, row crops, peaches, and beekeeping.
M Ranch believes in honoring and sustaining the rich legacy of Florida’s family farms. The M Ranch vision is to improve soil health, increase crop diversity, reduce waste, and protect and conserve the area’s water resources.
Sustainable Use of Land
At one point in time, M Ranch was a full-scale citrus farm, with all 2,300 acres producing oranges, and other crops such as strawberries and tomatoes. As the citrus industry faced challenges like greening disease, citrus farming on the ranch was greatly reduced, and other crops and cattle were introduced. As an alternative to farming and ranching, previous owners obtained State permits for a 930-acre soil and aggregate mine.
Today, M Ranch is exploring ways to achieve diverse, sustainable, and economically viable options for use of the land, and actively working with farming advocates and professionals to incorporate best practices in land management, environmental stewardship, and regenerative farming methods. Planned future uses include an organic nursery for leafy greens and other vegetables and fruits, a sod and hay farm, and a small 80-acre soil and aggregate mine.
The Big Picture:
St Lucie Development Boom
St. Lucie County is a special community, a wonderful mix of urban and rural, with beautiful waterways and beaches, parks and open spaces, great schools, outstanding educational institutions and health facilities, and home to young families, working millennials, small business owners and entrepreneurs, empty nesters and active seniors.
Because of its reputation as one of the best places to live and work, St. Lucie County continues to grow at a rapid pace. New homes, new businesses, industrial development, and infrastructure to support a burgeoning population and economy are everywhere.
In a ten-mile radius of M Ranch in western St. Lucie, there are thousands of undeveloped acres. There are more than 40,000 homes and a variety of commercial developments already approved and in various stages of construction in St. Lucie County and the City of Port St. Lucie, along with two large FPL solar facilities.
The transformation of the Treasure Coast I-95 Jobs Corridor in the Tradition, Southern Grove and Wilson Grove areas is well underway. With all this activity comes the need for new roads, parks, and other supporting infrastructure. These projects all require quality fill (soil and aggregate materials) for homes, commercial sites, parks, stormwater, utility, and roadway improvement projects. M Ranch can help provide these materials in close proximity to where they are needed.