M Ranch is a 2,300-acre family-owned, multi-use agricultural property in western St. Lucie County, located east and west of Carlton Road and north of Glades Cut-Off Road. Current agricultural activities include cattle ranching and limited citrus. Like many properties in the area, it was once an active orange grove, but greening and other challenges to the citrus industry require diversification of the agricultural uses on the land.
Future plans for M Ranch beyond cattle and citrus include a sod and hay farm and an organic nursery that will include leafy greens and other vegetables and fruits. The owners are working with sustainable farming advocates and other professionals to incorporate the latest practices in land management, environmental stewardship and regenerative farming methods. Some of the long-term goals are to increase plant and crop diversity, improve soil health, reduce waste and protect and manage the area’s water resources.