Palm Beach County
Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau volunteers helped serve up delicious food for more than 300 area business owners, community leaders and public agency officials at their Farm-City Week Luncheon. Attendees also received boxes of locally grown vegetables. The local Farm Bureau partnered with the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and the South Florida Fair to hold the event.
Washington County Farm Bureau sponsored the annual Farm-City Week community Breakfast and recognized Royace and Jo Ann Hasty as the Farm Family of the Year. The Hasty family has been farming since 1968.
Jefferson County Farm Bureau hosted its annual Farm-City Week Luncheon along with the Jefferson County Kiwanis Club. The Farm Family of the Year, the Gene Brock family, were awarded Calcutta cups and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida presented the Farm Family with a check. Judge Plaines signed a Farm-City Week proclamation in honor of the event.
Putnam-St. Johns County
Putnam-St. Johns County celebrated Farm-City Week by recognizing local farmers and ranchers for environmental stewardship with a CARES award. Attendees were able to meet the local farmers and learn about commodities grown in the county while enjoying a catered lunch.
Madison County Farm Bureau celebrated Farm-City Week with a pizza party for local elementary students who wrote essays on agriculture. Parents, local officials and residents were in attendance. Roxanne Gosseck wrote the winning essay.
More than 350 people enjoyed a delicious meal and celebrated the relationships between farm families and the surrounding communities. Dozens of groups and agencies presented displays and exhibit booths at the event.
Marion County’s Farm-City Week produced a series of events including a photo contest, family fun open house with farm tours, live music, farmer’s market, equipment display and live demonstrations. A bus tour to the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research Center, luncheon and an Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet honoring James Williams closed the week-long celebrations.
Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties
These west Florida counties provide 800 families with free, healthy, locally-grown food for their Thanksgiving dinner. More than 52,000 pounds of food was harvested and packaged by high school agriculture students in the counties the day before the holiday meal distribution.
A Farm-City Week Festival was celebrated on Nov. 12 with live music, petting zoo, tractor parade, farmer’s market and a host of vendors. The free Liberty Park event celebrated the strong ties that local farmers and ranchers have with urban residents.
Alachua County Farm Bureau held a Farm-City Week luncheon in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of University City. The event included a presentation by Dr. William Messina, Jr. Research & Development Coordinator UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department.
A Farm-City Week Farmers Market highlighted the economic impact of agriculture to the local economy. Farmers and ranchers hosted educational displays and engaged with consumers.