Farm Tour 2013 - November 22, 2013

Schedule of stops
 

WEST SIDE TOUR
 

Printable schedule and map
 

A. Wm. F. PUCKETT INC. FERNERY

9:00 – 10:00

Experience an impressive display of cut foliage greenery grown on the Puckett farm in Volusia County.  Their products are shipped throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. See holiday wreaths, garlands, and specialty holiday items being constructed using the beautiful Southern Christmas greenery grown in Florida. From Hwy. 17, turn west on S.R. 40, go 4.0 miles, turn right on Stone Road to1860, in Barberville.  puckettfern.com

B. PAULINE’S LUCKY MARKET GARDEN

10:15 – 11:15

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. paulinesluckymarketgarden.blogspot.com/

C. VO-LASALLE FARMS

11:30 – 12:30

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.   giftfruitfromflorida.com/

D. FLORIDA OLIVE SYSTEMS

1:00 - 2:00

The Ford/Veech family of Volusia County has planted a 20-acre high density olive grove (11,160 trees) in DeLeon Springs.  This experimental planting is to determine whether the success of mechanized olive farming is possible in Central Florida.  The trees are grown to produce olives that can be used primarily for oil, but can also be used as table olives. There are other uses for olive trees, which many are beneficial to people's health and well-being: Olive leaf tea, olive leaf extract, cut foliage uses, landscape uses, and many different and ornate uses from the wood are just a few of the popular uses.  Take Johnson Lake Rd. to Spring Garden Ranch Rd. Follow it around to 1599. (Entrance is 300 feet west of Reynolds Rd.) floridaolivesystems.com

E. EFG ORICHIDS

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.  efgorchids.com/index.htm

EAST SIDE TOUR
 

F. COMMON GROUND FARM

9:00 - 10:00

You will find a blend of traditional organic practices with the newest in farming approaches at Common Ground Farm. Their goal is to provide the best quality vegetables for their customers  in a family-friendly setting. Folks of all ages can learn how our food can be raised and grown to be more nutritious and how to choose your food wisely and eat healthier. The desire is that everyone has fun and enjoys the experience of Common Ground. The farm is located in south Deland at 1330 East Taylor Rd. between Blue Lake Ave. and M.L.K. Blvd. cgofarm.com

G. CHANTILLY RIDGE ALPACAS

10:30 - 11:30

Chantilly Ridge Alpacas is a 12-acre family-owned and operated farm is dedicated to the care and well-being of over 100 animals located in Port Orange. They are committed to giving their animals the highest quality of personal care and invite you to stop in for a visit. Just one look and you will fall in love!
Directions: From S.R. 44, drive 3.3 miles north on C.R. 415.
Turn right to1975 H. L. Anisley Dr. 
chantillyridgealpacas.embarqspace.com

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.   tropicbeehoney.com

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.  greenflamingoorganics.com


Agriculture Agent
Livestock, 4-H

Sharon Fox Gamble
sgamble@ufl.edu

DeLand
386-822-5778

Daytona Beach
386-257-6012

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3368