42nd Annual Volusia County Farm Tour

November 17, 2023 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

The Volusia County Farm Tour has been a popular fall tradition since 1981. The agriculture industry is the silent engine of the Volusia County economy where local farmers create jobs, feed families and pump more than $780 million in the local economy. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension office and the Volusia County Farm Bureau have partnered with eight local producers to highlight their farming techniques, their products and their passion for agriculture. Everything from growing vegetables to raising livestock will be highlighted at this year’s event and we hope you enjoy learning about Volusia County agriculture.

We are excited to announce this year’s tour stops. We will have four stops on the West side of the county, and we will have four stops on the East side of the county. Participation is free and participants can go to which locations they choose at the designated time slots. This allows the farmer/family to have one hour to showcase what they are producing. Some of the stops may have the opportunity to purchase their products.

Tour A (West)                                                                                                                                            Tour B (East)
1. Yaupon Brothers American Tea 8:30-9:30am                                                                                1. Evans Fish Farm 8:30-9:30am
504 Pullman Rd, Edgewater                                                                                                                       1195 E Washington Ave, Pierson                                                                                                         

2. Benedict Farms 10:00-11:00am                                                                                                        2.  H&H Greens 10:00-11:00am
705 Airport Road, New Smyrna Beach                                                                                                      1990 Reynolds Rd, DeLeon Springs

3.  Innovation Arabians 11:30-12:30pm                                                                                              3.  Common Ground Farm 11:30-12:30pm
2552 Tomoka Farms Rd, Port Orange                                                                                                        1330 E Taylor Rd, DeLand

4.  Longleaf Pine Preserve 1:00-2:00pm                                                                                              4.  Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. 1:00-2:00pm
3736 E New York Ave, DeLand                                                                                                                    1635 Patterson Ave, DeLand

1. Evans Fish Farm is a 100-acre farm located in Pierson. It is one of the most progressive aquaculture facilities in Florida. See several species of sturgeon and other varieties of fish. One of the only American producers of premium farm-raised sturgeon caviar.
2. H&H Greens has five generations of Florida farmers working and growing for you. Monaca and Tanner Campbell along with the rest of their staff grow a variety of greens and cut their products to meet the needs of wholesale and retail. They specialize in fresh cut Florida greens.
3. Common Ground Farm owned by John and Pat Joslin started out as a small garden has grown into a farm that is now in its twelfth season. They grow over thirty different vegetables and herbs using only organic practices. In addition, they offer classes ranging from canning to baking bread.
4. Persimmon Hollow Brewery and taproom in DeLand opened in 2014 and made Robbie Carelli and Andy Sistrunk dream become reality.   Brewers add hops in stages to affect the bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Beer is solely dependent on agriculture! This stop will be a tour of the beer making process.

5. Yaupon Brothers American Tea Co. wild-harvests, processes and ships Yaupon Holly tea all from their forest and factory in Volusia County. Their organic certified operation began in 2015 when two brothers, Bryon and Kyle White and Mark Steele formed it.  
6. Benedict Farms, located in Samsula, was established circa 1934, and is built on family tradition. After many years of producing hay for their cattle, the farm is expanding by growing delicious seasonal vegetables to be enjoyed by their local community.
7. Innovation Arabians, one of Volusia county’s largest horse farms, was founded in the 1980’s by Dr. Diane Lapham of Port Orange. With five barns, four riding arenas, countless paddocks, and hundreds of acres of riding space,. In 2021, Diane’s daughter, Dr. Ava Lapham, and her husband Scott Clark took over management of the farm and have continued to put an emphasis on creating a true family farm.
8. Longleaf Pine Preserve includes several natural communities, including mesic and wet flatwoods, cypress strands, cypress domes, and scrub. The preserve covers 12,005 acres and has two marked trails. This stop will have the eco buggy tour.



For more information and details about each of our farms representing Farm Tour 2023, contact the UF/IFAS Extension Volusia County at 386-822-5778.


Posted: October 27, 2023

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Events, Farm Management, Horticulture, Livestock,
Tags: Agriculture, Cattle, Central District, Farm Tour, Food, Horses, Livestock, Volusia County

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