Farm Friends

Clay Stimpson, 3, left, and brother Jeff, 5, help their mom, Nicole Stimpson of DeLeon Springs, pick green beens as year-old Cole watches at Vo-Lasalle Farms on Johnson Lake Road outside DeLeon Springs. Vo-Lasalle was one of the stops on the annual Volusia Farm Tour.

Specialty crops from soil to sea will be highlighted during Volusia County’s 39th annual farm tour.

The agricultural industry in Volusia County creates jobs, feeds families and pumps more than $780 million into the local economy.

The local agricultural industry will open its doors for visitors to learn more about farming from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 20. The farm tour, which has been a popular fall tradition since 1981, is jointly sponsored by the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension and the Volusia County Farm Bureau.

This year’s event will spotlight eight of the more than 1,500 farms in Volusia County. To practice social distancing the farms will open their doors for visitors from 9 a.m. to noon and offer tours to small groups every half hour unless otherwise noted. Face coverings are highly encouraged.

This year’s farm tour will include four East Volusia and four West Volusia farms that can be visited in any order, at any time during the scheduled times.

The following West Volusia farms will offer tours every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to noon:

•Four & Change Farm/Katahdin Sheep Farm, 1327 W. State Road 40, Pierson. Sally Mangra has been raising Katahdin sheep for almost 10 years and is president of the Florida Meat Sheep Alliance.

•Legacy Farms and Ornamentals, 665 Bennett Road, Pierson. The McNaughton family are fourth and fifth generation farmers who will show how they have created a business using their knowledge and experience in cattle ranching, raising hogs, and growing cabbage and cut foliage.

•Perez Nursery & Landscaping, 1375 U.S. 17, Seville. Perez Nursery & Landscaping has been in business for more than 13 years and is owned and operated by three brothers.

•Vo-LaSalle Farms, 601 Johnson Lake Road, DeLeon Springs. The Crump family will discuss the latest vegetable varieties, citrus and orange juice, and cutting-edge irrigation techniques at this diversified vegetable farm that sells directly to the consumer.

The following East Volusia farms will offer tours every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to noon:

•Benedict Farms, 705 Airport Road, New Smyrna Beach. Established circa 1934, this farm is in Samsula and is built on family tradition. After many years of producing hay for cattle, the farm is expanding by growing seasonal vegetables.

•Common Ground Farm, 1330 E. Taylor Road, DeLand. This vegetable farm combines 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.

•Indian River Oyster Co., 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach. This oyster company is family owned and operated by farmers who share a passion for raising oysters from tide to table.

•Yaupon Brothers American Tea Co., 1814 Fern Palm Drive, Edgewater. The company was founded in 2015 by two brothers, Bryon and Kyle White, and a former mentor-turned-business-partner, Mark Steele. It uses leaves from the native yaupon holly to create local, sustainably produced teas.

For more information, visit volusia.org/extension or call (386) 822-5778.

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