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Volusia Farm Tour beckons visitors to open houses at area farms
Self-guided tour is Friday, Nov. 22
posted Nov 18, 2013 - 8:43:17am
It’s time again for the annual showcase of Volusia County agriculture: the Farm Tour, set this year for Friday, Nov. 22.
Interested residents may visit the farms during designated times throughout the day and learn about the county’s multifaceted agricultural industry.
The tour is self-guided. This year, nine stops have signed up to be part of the event; six of them are in West Volusia.
The host of the event, the Volusia County Agricultural Center, has divided the stops into two tours of five stops each, one on the east and one on the west side of the county.
With the exception of Common Ground Farm in DeLand, the West Volusia Farm Tour is designed to take tourists from the northernmost farms in Barberville back south to the DeLand area, with enough time to tour one stop and drive to the next.
Instead of the Northwest Volusia tour, visitors may opt to start with Common Ground in DeLand, and head to the coast for the four-stop eastern Volusia County tour.
Times and locations for West Volusia stops on this year’s tour are:
9-10 a.m. — The William F. Puckett Inc. fernery at 1860 Stone Road in Barberville
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 Southern Christmas greenery grown in Florida. From U.S. Highway 17, turn west on State Road 40. Go 4 miles, then turn right on Stone Road and drive to 1860, in Barberville.
10:15-11:15 a.m. — Pauline’s Lucky Market Garden, 299 Lemmon Road in Barberville
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 U.S. Highway 17, head west on State Road 40. Go a half-mile and turn left onto Lemmon Road. Take the first right into the driveway at 299.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Vo-LaSalle Farms, 601 Johnson Lake Road in DeLeon Springs
The Crump family, owners of Vo-LaSalle Farms, an active citrus operation, will talk with visitors about the latest citrus varieties, hydroponic strawberries, and cutting-edge irrigation techniques.
Fresh-picked fruit and vegetables will be available for purchase.
From State Road 40, go south on Lake Winona Road for 3.5 miles, then turn left onto Johnson Lake Road and go to 601.
From U.S. Highway 17, turn left onto Lake Winona Road, then turn right onto Johnson Lake Road and go to 601.
1-2 p.m. — Florida Olive Systems at 1599 Spring Garden Ranch Road in DeLeon Springs
The Ford and Veech families of Volusia County have planted a 20-acre high-density grove of 11,160 olive 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: Olive-leaf tea, olive-leaf extract, cut-foliage uses, landscape uses, and many different and ornate uses from the wood are just a few.
From Vo-LaSalle Farms, take Johnson Lake Road to Spring Garden Ranch Road. Follow it around to 1599; the entrance is 300 feet west of Reynolds Road.
2:30-3:30 p.m. — EFG Orchids, 4265 Marsh Road, DeLand
Established in Addison, Ill., in 1939, this fourth-generation nursery relocated to DeLand. They specialize in ground orchids. Tourists will be able to buy orchids directly from the wholesaler on Farm Tour day.
From Spring Garden Ranch Road, head east and turn left onto State Road 11. Take the first left onto Daugharty Road, and then the second right onto Marsh Road. Continue to 4265.
9-10 p.m. — Common Ground Farm, 1330 E. Taylor Road, DeLand
Visitors will find a blend of traditional organic practices with the newest in farming approaches at Common Ground Farm. The farm’s goal is to provide the best quality vegetables for their customers in a family-friendly setting.
Folks of all ages can learn how food can be grown to be more nutritious, and how to choose food wisely.
The farm at 1330 E. Taylor Road is between Blue Lake Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beltway.
Stops in East Volusia are:
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. — Chantilly Ridge Alpacas at 1975 H.L. Ainsley Drive in Port Orange
Noon-1 p.m. — Tomazin Family Farm at 191 S. Cucumber Lane in Samsula
1:30-2:30 p.m. — Tropical Blossom Honey Co. at 106 N. Ridgewood Ave. in Edgewater
3-4 p.m. — Green Flamingo Organics at 398 N. Putnam Grove Road in Oak Hill
More information and directions to the East Volusia tour stops are available at www.volusia.org.
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