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Lake County Extension to host first-ever farm tour

RELEASE DATE: February 18, 2010

TAVARES — Residents are invited to the Lake County Extension’s first annual Lake County Farm Tour on Thursday, March 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“This is an opportunity for us to introduce Lake County residents to some local farmers and for them to see some of the many forms of agriculture we have in Lake County,” said Juanita Popenoe, Director of the Lake County Extension.

The self-guided tour includes six stops and guests can choose which farms to visit. The tour includes:

  1. 8-9 a.m. — Lake County Extension, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares
    The tour begins at the Agricultural Center. Guests can see the Discovery Gardens and Master Gardener Plant Clinic. There will be farm tour information and maps available.
  2. 9-10 a.m. — DeLeon’s Bromeliads, 4055 Britt Road, Mount Dora
    Visit a state of the art greenhouse with the latest in temperature controls required to force orchids to flower. They also capture rainwater on the roofs and use cogeneration water for irrigation and heating.
  3. 10-11 a.m. — Mo Brangus, 22719 State Road 46, Sorrento
    The ranch produces purebred bulls that bring the best possible Brangus beef genetics to the cattle producers in Florida. The genetics they produce are taking the commercial cowherds of their customers to the next level of increased efficiency, improved feedlot performance and improved carcass performance to create increased profit opportunities.
  4. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Long & Scott Farms, 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora
    This family vegetable farm, operating since 1963, uses environmentally safe production methods.
  5. 1-2 p.m. — G & L Blueberry Farm, 26405 Bloomfield Ave., Yalaha
    This picturesque blueberry farm and packing facility is located in the heart of Lake County. See why blueberries are one of the fastest growing agricultural industries in Florida.
  6. 2-3 p.m. — Florida Fruit Company, corner of County Road 48 and State Road 19
    The citrus industry is Florida’s trademark agricultural industry. Lake County at one time was the largest producing citrus county in Florida. Currently, it has more than 12,000 acres of groves and is a major contributor to the local economy.

For more information, call the Lake County Extension at (352) 343-4101 or log on to http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu.

 

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