Get to know your agriculture neighbors on Farm Tour Nov. 19


HELLO – Cows scrutinize a vistor to their pasture alongside State Road 415 in Osteen. Census information rely 3,514 residents in Osteen – at 39 per sq. mile. 


The agricultural trade is the silent engine of Volusia County’s financial system, with native farmers creating jobs, feeding households and pumping greater than $780 million into the native financial system.

Residents can go to eight of the greater than 1,500 farms — and one baseball stadium! — in Volusia County in the course of the fortieth annual Farm Tour, set for 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 19. (The final tour begins at 11:30 a.m.)

The Univer sity of Florida/Volusia County Extension and the Volusia County Farm Bureau collectively sponsor the Farm Tour, which has been a well-liked fall custom since 1981.

Those wishing to go to the farms present their very own transportation, and should choose and select from among the many excursions.

West Volusia farm excursions

• Melching Field at Conrad Park, 555 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand: 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.

This picturesque, fan-friendly stadium has been the house of Stetson Hatters groups for 21 seasons.

Built in 1998 by the City of DeLand, it additionally host s DeLand High School baseball and the DeLand Suns wood-bat summer season school baseball staff.

The stadium hosted the first-ever NCAA Baseball Regional Tournament in 2018, and the next yr it was chosen because the Sports Turf Managers Association College Baseball Field of the Year. This tour might be provided solely as soon as, at 8:45 a.m.

• Sampsell’s Family Farm, 5931 Lake Winona Road, DeLeon Springs: 9 a.m. to midday

This rising agricultural enterprise has raised white-tailed deer for the previous 10 years, promoting and bucks to numerous recreation preserves. releasing trophy-sized

See how this sustainable enterprise raises a dependable manufacturing of fawns and manages these deer. Thirty-minute excursions might be provided at 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m.

• Happy Hills Farm, 115 Nolan Road, Pierson: 9 a.m. to midday

This sheep farm was established in Babson Park by Dr. Deborah J. Lepley in 2010 and moved to Volusia County 5 years in the past.

The flock consists of full-blooded dorpers, whereas the industrial line consists of katahdin and dorper crosses. The farm sells its USDA-inspected meat on the Artisan Alley farmers market in DeLand and sells its breeding inventory to different farms and youth.

The farm’s enterprise motto is “We don’t just sell sheep, we sell education.”

Thirty-minute excursions might be provided at 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m.

• Vo-LaSalle Farms, 601 Johnson Lake Road, DeLeon Springs: 9 a.m. to midday

The Crump household owns this diversified vegetable farm, which sells instantly to customers. These fifth-generation Florida farmers will focus on their newest vegetable varieties, citrus and orange juice, in addition to cutting-edge irrigation strategies.

Fresh-picked fruits, greens and quite a lot of different gadgets might be obtainable for buy. Thirty-minute excursions might be provided at 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m.

EAST VOLUSIA farm excursions

Tours in East Volusia will happen at 4 areas in New Smyrna Beach:

• Deep Creek Preserve, 964 S. State Road 415;

• Benedict Farms, 705 Airport Road;

• the New Smyrna Beach High School Land Lab, 868 Alberta St.; and

• S & S Apiaries, 2429 Pioneer Trail.

Face coverings are extremely inspired for these on the excursions. More info is out there from the University of Florida Volusia County Extension workplace at 386-822-5778, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.