Agricultural Tour 3/3/2023
Farm Tours presented by Florida Sugar Cane League
Agriculture has long been the lifeblood of Palm Beach County, beginning with our early European settlements. In what would become the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), settlers and land speculators found unique conditions for growing food. The muck soil, heat, and flat land made the EAA a perfect conduit for feeding South Florida—and later, the nation. Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugar cane, sweet corn, sweet bell peppers, lettuce, radishes, Chinese vegetables, specialty leaf, and celery.
The Florida Sugar Cane League was founded in 1964 by George Wedgworth and a group of South Florida farmers. It represents all the nearly 300 farmers in the EAA through its educational efforts. Its mission is to build sustainable long-term relationships between agriculture and Palm Beach County’s diverse population by exposing those on the East Coast to the lives and livelihoods of the people who grow much of their food. The League offers “Meet A Farmer” luncheons and Farm-To-Table dinners to strengthen that bond. It also represents the industry’s interests in Washington, DC.
The HSPBC has partnered with the League to reserve two dates for their group Farm Tour. It is a fun, informative trip into the heart of the area where our farmers grow food for you and your family. Guests learn how farmers grow sugar cane and the many other crops that make the Everglades Agricultural Area the Winter Vegetable Capital of the World. The sheer vastness of the land, the economic impact of agriculture, and the importance of Lake Okeechobee are all on the agenda as the League seeks to provide a first-hand glance at life in the Glades.
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