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Farm Tour set for Nov. 17

Evans Fish Farm in Pierson

City slickers can see how the other side lives during the 36th annual
Farm Tour, set for Friday, Nov. 17. The tour is free and open to the public.

The self-guided tour has been an annual tradition since 1981. Drivers
can follow a west side or east side tour, each of which includes five
farms.

The Farm Tour is sponsored by the University of Florida/Volusia County
Extension and the Volusia County Farm Bureau to showcase the county’s
agricultural industry, which has a $781 million annual impact on Volusia
County and represents 3 percent of the county’s economic activity. The
county’s 1,114 farms cover 229,000 acres and produce the area’s
fruits, vegetables, honey, cattle, sod, fish, timber and plants.

West Volusia tour

9 to 10 a.m.: Vo-LaSalle Farms, 601 Johnson Lake Road, DeLeon Springs.
The Crump family will discuss the latest citrus varieties, hydroponic
strawberries and cutting-edge irrigation techniques at this active
citrus farm. Fresh-picked fruits and vegetables will be available for
sale.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Evans Fish Farm, 1195 E. Washington Ave., Pierson.
View one of the most progressive aquaculture farms in Florida, and see
several species of sturgeon and other varieties of fish.

Noon to 1 p.m.: EFG Orchids, 4265 Marsh Road, DeLand. This
fourth-generation nursery was established in Illinois in 1939 and moved
to DeLand in 1999. Take advantage of this opportunity to buy orchids
directly from the wholesaler.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Common Ground Farm, 1330 E. Taylor Road, DeLand.
This vegetable farm combines traditional 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 your
food wisely and eating a healthier diet.

3 to 4 p.m.: DeLeon Forestry Station, 5458 N. U.S. Highway 17, DeLeon
Springs. The Florida Forest Service manages state forests for
multiple-use benefits including timber, wildlife and recreation.
Foresters will demonstrate firefighting and tree planting equipment,
discuss firewise landscaping, and show off their tree seedlings. Smokey
Bear will be on hand.

East Volusia tour

9 to 10 a.m.: Harvest Fields Corn Maze & Hay Ride, 965 Tournament
Drive, Daytona Beach. Enjoy the 2,000-acre farm, which includes a
12-acre corn maze. The farm manages land and timber and harvests sod,
hay and saw palmetto berries. It’s available for educational field
trips and group agri-tourism events.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Chantilly Ridge Alpacas, 1975 H.L. Ainsley Road,
Port Orange. This 12-acre family owned farm breeds and raises alpacas,
which are members of the camel family. The owners are committed to
giving their animals the highest quality of personal care.

Noon to 1 p.m.: Green Flamingo Organics, 398 N. Putnam Grove Road, Oak
Hill. This two-acre farm is dedicated to bringing organic, fresh and
healthy vegetables, eggs and poultry to area residents.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Tomazin Family Farm, 191 S. Cucumber Lane, Samsula.
This 40-acre family farm, started by Slovenian emigrants in 1915, is now
run by Bill Tomazin, the “barefoot farmer,” with help from his son
Paul. They farm year-round, growing 70 varieties of vegetables.

3 to 4 p.m.: S & S Apiaries, 630 Bottle Island Road, New Smyrna Beach.
Jesse Azam will share information about raising honeybees, cloning
queens, pollination, honey production, and the positive impact honeybees
have on the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem. He will also demonstrate
honey extraction and explain what is being done to preserve bees in the
United States. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit www.volusia.org/extension or call the
extension office at 386-822-5778.