Farm Tour 2014 - November 21, 2014

Explore Volusia County’s diverse farming operations during the 33rd annual Farm Tour, set for Friday, Nov. 21.

The self-guided tour has been an annual tradition since 1981. Drivers can follow a west side or east side tour, each of which includes five farms.

Schedule of stops


Printable schedule and map

A. Fern Trust

9:00 – 10:00

Fern Trust, Inc. was founded in 1986 as a cooperative of quality oriented growers sharing a rich history in agribusiness. Unique to the industry, acting as a cooperative allows the grower-members to do what they do best – grow the highest quality foliage available. Together these growers have decades of experience. FernTrust offers over 150 varieties of fresh cut foliage through innovative marketing and packaging to customers in the US and in the global market place. 2184 US Highway 17 N. about a mile north of Seville.

C. Barberville Pioneer Settlement

10:30 – 11:30

Discover Yesterday Today! The Barberville Pioneer Settlement is a historical village nestled within a charming, moss-draped oak hammock on 30 acres. The Settlement features three of Volusia County’s most unique historical buildings; the oldest brick residence in Volusia - The Joseph Underhill House, circa 1879, which is undergoing stabilization and restoration, The Barberville Central High School, circa 1919 which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and the Astor Bridge Tender’s House, circa 1926, which was saved from demise and moved to the Settlement in 1980. Along with 15 other historical structures and thousands of artifacts illustrating life in rural Florida in the bygone days of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Self-guided tours are available during regular business hours and guided tours by reservation only. Located on County Road 3, just west of the intersection of Hwy.17 & S.R. 40 in Barberville.

B. Pauline's Lucky Market Garden

11:45 – 12:30

Come visit a small commercial farm with organic practices and see heirloom vegetables being grown from seed to harvest. Learn about the beneficial and practical use of composting, green manure, cover crops, drip irrigation and frost protection. From Hwy. 17, head west on Rte. 40 for one half mile, turn left onto Lemmon Rd. then right into the first driveway at 299.

D. Vo-LaSalle Farms

1:00 - 2:00

The Crump family, owners of Vo-LaSalle Farms, an active citrus operation, will discuss the latest citrus varieties, hydroponic strawberries and cutting edge irrigation techniques.  Fresh picked fruit and vegables will be available for sale. Go south on Lake Winona Rd. 3.5 miles, left onto Johnson Lake Rd. Off U.S. 17, go east on Lake Winona Rd., turn right on Johnson Lake Road, and go to 601.

E. EFG Orchids

2:30 - 3:30

Established in Addison, Illinois in 1939, this fourth generation nursery relocated to DeLand.  They specialize in ground orchids. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to buy orchids directly from the wholesaler. Turn left onto FL-11 S, take the first left onto Daugharty Rd. take the second right onto Marsh Rd. OR from US 92, go north on Marsh Rd., 4.5 miles to 4265.


F. Tiger Bay State Forest

9:00 - 10:00

Tiger Bay State Forest, is one of two state forests in the Volusia County area, and a vital link in the Central Florida conservation lands and wildlife corridor. The Florida Forest Service manages state forests for multiple-use benefits including timber, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. Other Forest Service activities and services - firefighting and tree planting equipment, Firewise landscaping, Smokey Bear, tree seedlings, Forester demo’s, and other activities will also be featured. The entrance is located at 4316 West International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach. OR  

G. Beeman's Nursery

10:30 - 11:30

Beeman's Nursery has been in operation since 2000.  Steve Beeman and his son Forest, started Beeman's Nursery in an effort to supply native grasses and aquatic plants to a growing number of installation companies working for the state, golf courses and road side projects.  The nursery is a wholesale only operation, but works with the local retailers to provide them with a good source of Natives. After working on a patent for their "Floating Island System" they branched out and created a company around it.  Beemats are floating islands of living plants, used to remove excess nutrients from water. They are located at 3637 SR 44 New Smyrna Beach, FL  on SR44 .3.5 miles west of I95 and 1.5 miles East of SR415.

H. Tomazin Family Farm

12:00 - 1:00

The Tomazin family farm was started by emigrants from Slovenia in 1915. The multi-generational farm, located at 191 S. Cucumber Ln. in Samsula, is now run by Bill Tomazin, locally know as “Barefoot Bill,” with help from his two sons and their families. When it comes to family businesses, the family farm is perhaps the oldest and most traditional.

I. Tropical Blossom Honey Company

1:30 - 2:30

Tropical Blossom Honey Co., Inc. was founded in 1940 by David K. and Helen McGinnis and has been shipping fine Florida honey varieties around the United States and to over twenty countries around the globe. Visit the Tropic Bee honey store with its display of rare beekeeping equipment and antique honey pots, and taste pure honeycomb right from the hive. Learn about the honeybee's importance to agriculture and our food supply, and receive updates on the disappearance of honeybees and Africanized bees. Located at 106 N Ridgewood Ave. in Edgewater; at the NW corner of U.S. 1 and Park Ave.

J. Green Flamingo Organics

3:00 - 4:00

Local, sustainable, delicious. Green Flamingo Farm is dedicated to bringing organic, fresh and healthy vegetables, eggs and poultry to area residents, which will be available for purchase during the tour.  With two acres in production, they hope to introduce the community to an amazingly tasty and beautifully unique way of eating. Take this opportunity to stock up! Go 8.6 miles south of FL-442 on U.S. 1 in Oak Hill, (or 3 miles south of the seafood Co-op) and then make a right onto N. Putnam Grove Rd. It will be on the left a mile down the road at 398.

Agriculture Agent
Livestock, 4-H

Sharon Fox Gamble


Daytona Beach

New Smyrna Beach