Carl Frost is the co-founder and CEO of Kai-Kai Farm, a leading Florida agritourism destination east of Indiantown. Kai-Kai replaced a defunct Box Ranch Groves citrus block twenty years ago. The farm had a modest start selling its produce at local green markets. Local chefs discovered this resource and they started ordering direct. Currently the farm sells its vegetables to many top-tier restaurants and country clubs. Shortly thereafter, chefs hosted farm-to-table dining events--a first for the Treasure Coast. cooking classes, weddings and corporate hospitality were added. A large commercial kitchen is under construction.
Carl's professional training and prior career was in real estate sales, appraising and property management in Palm Beach County, his hometown. During an extended 90s sailing voyage in the South Pacific, he discovered agriculture when he helped dig a village compost pit in the remote Solomon Islands. Visits to many New Zealand and Australian vineyards convinced Carl to start a career in horticulture. Knowing little about farming, Carl earned a bachelor's degree in horticultural science from the University of Florida while working in their Fort Pierce citrus research lab.
Carl also holds a bachelor of business in finance from the University of Texas. He graduated high school from Ransom Everglades School in Miami.