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Farm Tour set for Nov. 22

Posted On: November 14, 2019

Farm Tour set for Nov. 22

From fish farms, fern, timber and sod to fruit, vegetables, cattle, honeybees and orchids, farming and agribusiness is thriving in Volusia County – creating jobs, feeding families and pumping more than $750 million into the local economy. And on Friday, Nov. 22, Volusia County’s agriculture industry will be on display during the annual Farm Tour. A popular fall tradition since 1981, this year marks the 38th annual event jointly sponsored by the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension and the Volusia County Farm Bureau.

This year’s event will spotlight nine of the more than 1,000 farms in Volusia County. Beginning at 9 a.m., the self-guided tour has two different routes – one starting in DeLeon Springs and the other in DeLand. Both have five stops (one of the farms is featured in both tours), with each tour ending in New Smyrna Beach at 4 p.m. After choosing a route, many drivers caravan as a group in their vehicles from stop to stop. However, participants also can stop at any farm along either routes as long it’s during the dedicated time for that particular location. The paths will be clearly marked with signs to show the way at all nine farms.

The schedule for the two tours is as follows:

Tour A

9 to 10 a.m.
Stop 1: Spring Garden Ranch,
900 Spring Garden Ranch Road, DeLeon Springs. Established in 1949, this standard-bred winter training facility features quality harness racing.  The visit will highlight the farm’s compost process that provides excellent growing medium for growing Florida’s vegetables. 

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Stop 2: Fern Trust,
2184 U.S. Highway 17 N., one mile north of Seville. Fern Trust was founded in 1986 as a cooperative of quality-oriented growers sharing a rich history in agribusiness. Together, these growers have decades of experience.

Noon to 1 p.m.
Stop 3: Evans Fish Farm,
1195 E. Washington Ave., Pierson. Visit one of the most progressive aquaculture facilities in Florida and see several species of sturgeon and other varieties of fish.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Stop 4: Vo-LaSalle Farms
, 601 Johnson Lake Road, DeLeon Springs. The Crump family will discuss the latest vegetable varieties, hydroponic strawberries and cutting-edge irrigation techniques at this active vegetable farm. Fresh-picked fruits and vegetables will be available for sale.

3 to 4 p.m.
Stop 5: S & S Apiaries,
630 Bottle Island Road, New Smyrna Beach. Watch honey extraction and learn about raising honeybees, cloning queens, pollination, honey production and the positive impact that the honeybees have on the ecosystem of the Indian River Lagoon. Discover what is being done and what can be done to preserve bees in the United States. Honey will be available for sale.

Tour B

9 to 10 a.m.
Stop 1: EFG Orchids
, 4265 Marsh Road, DeLand. Specializing in ground orchids, this is a fourth-generation nursery that was established in Illinois in 1939 and moved to DeLand in 1999. Take advantage of the opportunity to buy orchids directly from the wholesaler.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Stop 2: Common Ground Farm
, 1330 E. Taylor Road, DeLand. This vegetable farm combines traditional organic practices with the latest in farming approaches. The owners will explain how they grow their vegetables to be more nutritious and offer tips on choosing food wisely and eating healthy.

Noon to 1 p.m.
Stop 3: Weaver Recycling,
4323 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach. This mulch farm recycles land-clearing debris and compost into mulch and topsoil. This keeps valuable nutrients out of the landfill and redistributes them across the landscape.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Stop 4: Luznar Feed and Farm Supply,
3645 Watermelon Lane, New Smyrna Beach.

This farm started in the early 1900s with a group of Slovenians who settled in Samsula and began farming fresh vegetables. Grandpa Luznar’s farm has seen many changes over the years, transitioning from vegetables to poultry -- producing farm fresh eggs and a few head of cattle in order to adapt to the changing markets.

3 to 4 p.m.
Stop 5: S & S Apiaries,
630 Bottle Island Road, New Smyrna Beach. Watch honey extraction and learn about raising honeybees, cloning queens, pollination, honey production and the positive impact that the honeybees have on the ecosystem of the Indian River Lagoon. Discover what is being done and what can be done to preserve bees in the United States. Honey will be available for sale.

For more information, call the extension office at 386-822-5778.

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