Farm Tour 2015 - November 20, 2015

Explore Volusia County’s diverse farming operations during the 34th annual Farm Tour, set for Friday, Nov. 20.

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 four farms and a state park.

Schedule of stops

WEST SIDE TOUR
 

Printable schedule and map
 

1. EFG ORCHIDS

9:00 – 10:00

This fourth-generation nursery, which specializes in ground orchids, was established in Illinois in 1939 and moved to DeLand in 1999. Take advantage of this opportunity to buy orchids directly from the wholesaler. From U.S. 92, turn north on Marsh Road and drive 4.5 miles to 4265 Marsh Road. 
www.efgorchids.com

2. SELECT GROWERS

10:15 – 11:15

This landscape nursery provides the floral industry in the United States and Canada with specialty greens and grows landscape plants for locals. Look for specialty floral greens and holiday items as you view the landscape nursery and production facility. Select Growers is at 4391 State Road 11, DeLeon Springs.
www.selectgrowers.com

3. VO-LaSALLE FARM

11:30 – 12:30

The Crump family, owners of Vo-LaSalle Farms, will discuss the latest citrus varieties, hydroponic strawberries and cutting-edge irrigation techniques at this active citrus operation. Fresh-picked fruit and vegetables will be available for sale at the farm, 601 Johnson Lake Road, DeLeon Springs.
www.giftfruitfromflorida.com

4. SCHLEY’S BONSAI

1:00 - 2:00

Jason Schley developed a passion for bonsai trees as a student at DeLand High School in the early 1990s. In 2003 he took over Wittbold’s Nursery in Holly Hill and later expanded his enterprise to 2745 Audubon Ave. in DeLand.
www.schleysbonsai.com

5. TIGER BAY STATE FOREST

2:30 - 3:30

Foresters from the Florida Forest Service will demonstrate firefighting and tree-planting equipment and discuss the timber, wildlife-viewing and recreational opportunities in this popular state forest. The entrance is at 4316 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Our-Forests/State-Forests/Tiger-Bay-State-Forest
OR
www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service

EAST SIDE TOUR
 

6. TROPICAL BLOSSOM

9:00 - 10:00

This company has been shipping fine Florida honey varieties throughout the United States and to more than 20 countries for 75 years. Visit the Tropic Bee honey store, view the rare beekeeping equipment and antique honey pots, and taste pure honeycomb right from the hive. Learn about honeybees’ importance to agriculture and get an update on their disappearance. The store is at 106 N. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater, at the northwest corner of U.S. 1 and Park Avenue.
www.tropicbeehoney.com

7. TOMAZIN FAMILY FARM

10:30 - 11:30

This 40-acre family farm, started by Slovenian immigrants in 1915, is now run by “Barefoot Bill” Tomazin with help from his son Paul. They farm year-round, growing 70 varieties of vegetables. When it comes to family businesses, Tomazin Farms is perhaps the oldest and most traditional. The farm is at 191 S. Cucumber Lane, Samsula.
www.facebook.com/pages/Tomazin-Farms/527949837242658

8. CHANTILLY RIDGE ALPACAS

12:00 - 1:00

Chantilly Ridge Alpacas is a 12-acre family owned farm dedicated to the care and well-being of more than 100 animals in Port Orange. The owners are committed to giving their animals the highest quality of personal care. Just one look and you will fall in love! From State Road 44, drive 3.3 miles north on Tomoka Farms Road. Turn right onto H.L. Ainsley Drive.
www.chantillyridgealpacas.embarqspace.com

9. FULL MOON NATIVES

1:30 - 2:30

This family business sells Florida-friendly plants along with butterfly plants, herbs, vegetable seeds and starter plants for eco-minded people wanting to follow a self-sustaining lifestyle. The nursery is at 1737 Fern Park Drive, off Taylor Road, 1.8 miles east of Tomoka Farms Road and one mile west of I-95.
www.fullmoonnatives.com

10. TIGER BAY STATE FOREST

3:00 - 4:00

Foresters from the Florida Forest Service will demonstrate firefighting and tree planting equipment and discuss the timber, wildlife and recreational opportunities in the state forest. The entrance is  at 4316 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Our-Forests/State-Forests/Tiger-Bay-State-Forest
OR http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service  


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