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Farm Fueled Friday! 7/20

What a week this has been!  And now to finally reach Farm Fueled Friday!  I feel as it has been a Farm Fueled week in Santa Rosa County.  Santa Rosa County had its 46th Annual Farm Tour on Thursday.  It was a great event celebrating agriculture and the people involved in agriculture.  This week’s blog post will be more of a pictorial review of Thursday’s events.

The Morning was kicked off at the Santa Rosa County extension office with breakfast and the opportunity to tour the gardens with Master Gardener volunteers.  Then we were off on the busses to begin our journey across the agriculture landscape of Santa Rosa County.

On the bus I traveled in Dan Mullins, my positions predecessor, was the guide.  Dan shared stories of the agriculture lore for just about every field and piece of property we passed.

Our first stop was at Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm.  This is where we met The Schnoor family who has operated the farm since 1979.  They told us how they planted the trees, the different varieties grown, and even demonstrated sheering the trees to get that perfect Christmas tree shape.



The next stop was to the Flinn Family Farm.  This was a special visit to recognize Shannon Flinn and his family for being the 2012 Santa Rosa County Farm Family of the year.  There was a presentation and a short congratulation from the crowd.

Before lunch at the Chumuckla Farmer Opry, local beekeepers set up station workshops to talk about beekeeping in northwest Florida.  We then enjoyed a good country cooked meal at the Opry and further recognition of the Farm Family of the Year.  Another special recognition went to Dan Mullins for winning the 2012 Friend of Agriculture award.  Dan earned this award for his dedication to Santa Rosa County Agriculture over the 20+ years he spent working in the extension office.

The next stop was at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay.  Unfortunately we were not able to get off the bus because of the rain storm that came during our allotted time for the stop.  So we did a rolling tour with our District Soils Conservationist, Trent Matthews, talking about the soils of Santa Rosa County.  Also, Dan Mullins and myself spoke on the demonstration fruit orchard at the research center.

Our last stop was at Holland’s Farm.  There were supposed to be a tour of a watermelon field, center pivot irrigation technology, and some land clearing areas, but again because of the rain plans were altered.  Instead Bruce talked about his farm and what they are all about.  After all of the talk Bruce opened up his operation and gave watermelon, canary melon, and boiled peanuts to everybody.









From there we returned to the Santa Rosa County Extension office.  It was a great day full of Agriculture!  The perfect lead into another Farm Fueled Friday!

Permanent link to this article: http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2012/07/20/farm-fueled-friday-720/