Citrus Hall of Fame welcomes three new inductees

THE FLORIDA Citrus Hall of Fame honored three new inductees on March 6 at the 53rd Citrus Celebration Luncheon held at Florida Southern College


Study results shed light on agriculture’s economic significance

| The Polk Agriculture Economic Impact Study reveals ag as an economic pillar | NEARLY HALF of Polk County’s land remained in farm use in 2012,


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March  2015
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Events on March 1, 2015
  • Florida Strawberry Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 2, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: 303 N Lemon St, Plant City, FL 33563, USA
    Description: Beginning January 29, you can get your advance admission tickets at participating Publix Super Markets. Guests come from near and far to 303 North Lemon Street in Plant City to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. For details, visit http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com.
  • Hardee County's 47th Annual Pioneer Park Days
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 2, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Pioneer Park, State Road 64 and U.S. Highway 17, Zolfo Springs, Fla.
    Description: Come out to Pioneer Park in Zolfo Springs to enjoy the antique engines and car show, flea market, antique tractors, live entertainment, steam engines, farm equipment, and more. Plus, see the Florida Frontiersmen 1800s-era pioneer living demonstrations daily. Event will take place at Pioneer Park at the corner of State Road 64 and U.S. Highway 17 in Zolfo Springs, Fla. For details, call Jane Long at (863) 773-2161.
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Events on March 2, 2015
  • Florida Strawberry Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 3, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: 303 N Lemon St, Plant City, FL 33563, USA
    Description: Beginning January 29, you can get your advance admission tickets at participating Publix Super Markets. Guests come from near and far to 303 North Lemon Street in Plant City to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. For details, visit http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com.
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Events on March 3, 2015
  • Florida Strawberry Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 4, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: 303 N Lemon St, Plant City, FL 33563, USA
    Description: Beginning January 29, you can get your advance admission tickets at participating Publix Super Markets. Guests come from near and far to 303 North Lemon Street in Plant City to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. For details, visit http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com.
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Events on March 4, 2015
  • Florida Strawberry Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 5, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: 303 N Lemon St, Plant City, FL 33563, USA
    Description: Beginning January 29, you can get your advance admission tickets at participating Publix Super Markets. Guests come from near and far to 303 North Lemon Street in Plant City to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. For details, visit http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com.
  • Haines City Farmers' Market
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 4, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Railroad Park, downtown: 555 Ledwith Avenue
    Description: For more information, contact the Marketing Manager, Tommy Cassel at (863) 421-3700.
  • Book Club: Cross Creek
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: March 4, 2015 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Grove House, 20160 U.S. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853, United States
    Description: Kindly RSVP to event. Limited to the first 20. Email grovehouse@citrusworld.com or call 863.679.4110.
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Events on March 5, 2015
  • Florida Strawberry Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 6, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: 303 N Lemon St, Plant City, FL 33563, USA
    Description: Beginning January 29, you can get your advance admission tickets at participating Publix Super Markets. Guests come from near and far to 303 North Lemon Street in Plant City to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. For details, visit http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com.
  • Winter Haven Farmers' Market
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 5, 2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: 4th Street NW between Avenue E and D NW, Winter Haven, FL
    Description: Held weekly on Thursdays, from 8 to 5 p.m. For details, call Audrey McIntosh at (863) 291-5870.
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Events on March 6, 2015
  • Florida Strawberry Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 7, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: 303 N Lemon St, Plant City, FL 33563, USA
    Description: Beginning January 29, you can get your advance admission tickets at participating Publix Super Markets. Guests come from near and far to 303 North Lemon Street in Plant City to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. For details, visit http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com.
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Events on March 7, 2015
  • Florida Strawberry Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 8, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: 303 N Lemon St, Plant City, FL 33563, USA
    Description: Beginning January 29, you can get your advance admission tickets at participating Publix Super Markets. Guests come from near and far to 303 North Lemon Street in Plant City to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. For details, visit http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com.
  • Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 7, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: At E. Pine St. & N. Kentucky Av. (200 block of N. Kentucky Av.) in Downtown Lakeland.
    Description: The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a key component of a vibrant, diverse and exciting Downtown. It is designed to serve and bring together all segments of our community. It is a positive force in bringing people Downtown to purchase fresh produce, plants and local handcrafted items. The 11-month Market (closed in August) is a showcase for the talents and the work of local artisans and local growers. The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a project of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA).
    http://www.downtownfarmerscurbmarket.org
  • Trunk Show with Local Artist
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: March 7, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Grove House, 20160 U.S. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853, United States
    Description: Come out to the Florida’s Natural Grove House and Visitor Center, located at 20160 U.S. Highway 27 in Lake Wales, to enjoy the Trunk Show with Local Artist, Anne Rosenvald Moore. Visitors at this free event, set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., also will be able to sample 100 percent Florida orange juice. For details or to RSVP, e-mail grovehouse@citrusworld.com or call (863) 679-4110.
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Events on March 8, 2015
  • Florida Strawberry Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 9, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: 303 N Lemon St, Plant City, FL 33563, USA
    Description: Beginning January 29, you can get your advance admission tickets at participating Publix Super Markets. Guests come from near and far to 303 North Lemon Street in Plant City to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. For details, visit http://www.flstrawberryfestival.com.
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Events on March 11, 2015
  • Fourteenth Annual Big “O” Birding Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 12, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: LaBelle, Hendry County, Fla.
    Description: Head to LaBelle, Fla., in Hendry County for guided birding trips, photography workshops, programs, and keynote speakers. For details, visit http://www.bigobirdingfestival.com, e-mail bigobirdingfestival@gmail.com, or call (863) 675-0444.
  • Haines City Farmers' Market
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 11, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Railroad Park, downtown: 555 Ledwith Avenue
    Description: For more information, contact the Marketing Manager, Tommy Cassel at (863) 421-3700.
  • End of the Year Plant Sale
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: March 11, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Grove House, 20160 U.S. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853, United States
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Events on March 12, 2015
  • Fourteenth Annual Big “O” Birding Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 13, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: LaBelle, Hendry County, Fla.
    Description: Head to LaBelle, Fla., in Hendry County for guided birding trips, photography workshops, programs, and keynote speakers. For details, visit http://www.bigobirdingfestival.com, e-mail bigobirdingfestival@gmail.com, or call (863) 675-0444.
  • Winter Haven Farmers' Market
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 12, 2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: 4th Street NW between Avenue E and D NW, Winter Haven, FL
    Description: Held weekly on Thursdays, from 8 to 5 p.m. For details, call Audrey McIntosh at (863) 291-5870.
  • Polk County Ag Deputy Luncheon
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: March 12, 2015 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Polk County Farm Bureau, 1715 U.S. 17, Bartow, FL 33830
    Description: The Polk County Farm Bureau is holding its annual Ag Deputy Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will be able to meet with Sheriff Grady Judd and his Polk County ag deputies to learn how to better protect agricultural businesses from criminal activity. To RSVP, call Lori at (863) 533-0561, ext. 112.
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Events on March 13, 2015
  • Fourteenth Annual Big “O” Birding Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 14, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: LaBelle, Hendry County, Fla.
    Description: Head to LaBelle, Fla., in Hendry County for guided birding trips, photography workshops, programs, and keynote speakers. For details, visit http://www.bigobirdingfestival.com, e-mail bigobirdingfestival@gmail.com, or call (863) 675-0444.
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Events on March 14, 2015
  • Fourteenth Annual Big “O” Birding Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 15, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: LaBelle, Hendry County, Fla.
    Description: Head to LaBelle, Fla., in Hendry County for guided birding trips, photography workshops, programs, and keynote speakers. For details, visit http://www.bigobirdingfestival.com, e-mail bigobirdingfestival@gmail.com, or call (863) 675-0444.
  • Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 14, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: At E. Pine St. & N. Kentucky Av. (200 block of N. Kentucky Av.) in Downtown Lakeland.
    Description: The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a key component of a vibrant, diverse and exciting Downtown. It is designed to serve and bring together all segments of our community. It is a positive force in bringing people Downtown to purchase fresh produce, plants and local handcrafted items. The 11-month Market (closed in August) is a showcase for the talents and the work of local artisans and local growers. The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a project of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA).
    http://www.downtownfarmerscurbmarket.org
  • Taste of the Grove House
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: March 14, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Grove House, 20160 U.S. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853, United States
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Events on March 15, 2015
  • Fourteenth Annual Big “O” Birding Festival
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 16, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: LaBelle, Hendry County, Fla.
    Description: Head to LaBelle, Fla., in Hendry County for guided birding trips, photography workshops, programs, and keynote speakers. For details, visit http://www.bigobirdingfestival.com, e-mail bigobirdingfestival@gmail.com, or call (863) 675-0444.
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Events on March 16, 2015
  • UF/IFAS Short Course: “Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business”
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 18, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, Suwannee County, FL, United States
    Description: The UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center near Live Oak, FL will offer a two-day hydroponic short course, “Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business,” on March 16-17 and March 20-21, 2015. It will feature hands-on activities inside three greenhouses, a shade house, and an outdoor production area at the agricultural extension center. An optional grower tour will be offered March 17 and March 21.

    Topics to be covered include planning the business and developing a marketing strategy, growing transplants, selecting hydroponic systems, soil-less media choices, irrigation and fertilizer, managing pests, and the production of several crops, including microgreens, herbs, flowers, and tomatoes.

    The cost of the short course is $295 for an Early Bird (registered before March 6) Primary Participant, and $210 for an Early Bird Secondary Participant. After March 6, the prices go up to $325 and $240, respectively. The optional grower tour is $30 per person.

    Visit http://smallfarmsacademy.eventbrite.com to register online. For details, call Dilcia Toro or Karen Hancock at (386) 362-1725.
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Events on March 17, 2015
  • UF/IFAS Short Course: “Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business”
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 18, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, Suwannee County, FL, United States
    Description: The UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center near Live Oak, FL will offer a two-day hydroponic short course, “Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business,” on March 16-17 and March 20-21, 2015. It will feature hands-on activities inside three greenhouses, a shade house, and an outdoor production area at the agricultural extension center. An optional grower tour will be offered March 17 and March 21.

    Topics to be covered include planning the business and developing a marketing strategy, growing transplants, selecting hydroponic systems, soil-less media choices, irrigation and fertilizer, managing pests, and the production of several crops, including microgreens, herbs, flowers, and tomatoes.

    The cost of the short course is $295 for an Early Bird (registered before March 6) Primary Participant, and $210 for an Early Bird Secondary Participant. After March 6, the prices go up to $325 and $240, respectively. The optional grower tour is $30 per person.

    Visit http://smallfarmsacademy.eventbrite.com to register online. For details, call Dilcia Toro or Karen Hancock at (386) 362-1725.
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Events on March 18, 2015
  • Haines City Farmers' Market
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 18, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Railroad Park, downtown: 555 Ledwith Avenue
    Description: For more information, contact the Marketing Manager, Tommy Cassel at (863) 421-3700.
  • Wind Down Wednesday
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: March 18, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Grove House, 20160 U.S. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853, United States
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Events on March 19, 2015
  • Winter Haven Farmers' Market
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: 4th Street NW between Avenue E and D NW, Winter Haven, FL
    Description: Held weekly on Thursdays, from 8 to 5 p.m. For details, call Audrey McIntosh at (863) 291-5870.
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Events on March 20, 2015
  • UF/IFAS Short Course: “Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business”
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 22, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, Suwannee County, FL, United States
    Description: The UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center near Live Oak, FL will offer a two-day hydroponic short course, “Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business,” on March 16-17 and March 20-21, 2015. It will feature hands-on activities inside three greenhouses, a shade house, and an outdoor production area at the agricultural extension center. An optional grower tour will be offered March 17 and March 21.

    Topics to be covered include planning the business and developing a marketing strategy, growing transplants, selecting hydroponic systems, soil-less media choices, irrigation and fertilizer, managing pests, and the production of several crops, including microgreens, herbs, flowers, and tomatoes.

    The cost of the short course is $295 for an Early Bird (registered before March 6) Primary Participant, and $210 for an Early Bird Secondary Participant. After March 6, the prices go up to $325 and $240, respectively. The optional grower tour is $30 per person.

    Visit http://smallfarmsacademy.eventbrite.com to register online. For details, call Dilcia Toro or Karen Hancock at (386) 362-1725.
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Events on March 21, 2015
  • UF/IFAS Short Course: “Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business”
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 22, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, Live Oak, Suwannee County, FL, United States
    Description: The UF/IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center near Live Oak, FL will offer a two-day hydroponic short course, “Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business,” on March 16-17 and March 20-21, 2015. It will feature hands-on activities inside three greenhouses, a shade house, and an outdoor production area at the agricultural extension center. An optional grower tour will be offered March 17 and March 21.

    Topics to be covered include planning the business and developing a marketing strategy, growing transplants, selecting hydroponic systems, soil-less media choices, irrigation and fertilizer, managing pests, and the production of several crops, including microgreens, herbs, flowers, and tomatoes.

    The cost of the short course is $295 for an Early Bird (registered before March 6) Primary Participant, and $210 for an Early Bird Secondary Participant. After March 6, the prices go up to $325 and $240, respectively. The optional grower tour is $30 per person.

    Visit http://smallfarmsacademy.eventbrite.com to register online. For details, call Dilcia Toro or Karen Hancock at (386) 362-1725.
  • Grove House Annual 5K
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 21, 2015 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Grove House, 20160 U.S. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853
    Description: Come out to the Florida’s Natural Grove House and Visitor Center, located at 20160 U.S. Highway 27 in Lake Wales, to participate in the annual 5K. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. For details or to register, e-mail grovehouse@citrusworld.com or call (863) 679-4110.
  • Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 21, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: At E. Pine St. & N. Kentucky Av. (200 block of N. Kentucky Av.) in Downtown Lakeland.
    Description: The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a key component of a vibrant, diverse and exciting Downtown. It is designed to serve and bring together all segments of our community. It is a positive force in bringing people Downtown to purchase fresh produce, plants and local handcrafted items. The 11-month Market (closed in August) is a showcase for the talents and the work of local artisans and local growers. The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a project of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA).
    http://www.downtownfarmerscurbmarket.org
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Events on March 25, 2015
  • Haines City Farmers' Market
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 25, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Railroad Park, downtown: 555 Ledwith Avenue
    Description: For more information, contact the Marketing Manager, Tommy Cassel at (863) 421-3700.
  • Flower Arranging Class with Citrus
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: March 25, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Grove House, 20160 U.S. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853, United States
    Description: Kindly RSVP to event. Limited to the first 20. Email grovehouse@citrusworld.com or call 863.679.4110.
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Events on March 26, 2015
  • Winter Haven Farmers' Market
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 26, 2015 - 5:00 pm
    Location: 4th Street NW between Avenue E and D NW, Winter Haven, FL
    Description: Held weekly on Thursdays, from 8 to 5 p.m. For details, call Audrey McIntosh at (863) 291-5870.
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Events on March 28, 2015
  • Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 28, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: At E. Pine St. & N. Kentucky Av. (200 block of N. Kentucky Av.) in Downtown Lakeland.
    Description: The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a key component of a vibrant, diverse and exciting Downtown. It is designed to serve and bring together all segments of our community. It is a positive force in bringing people Downtown to purchase fresh produce, plants and local handcrafted items. The 11-month Market (closed in August) is a showcase for the talents and the work of local artisans and local growers. The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a project of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA).
    http://www.downtownfarmerscurbmarket.org
  • Orange Grove Truck Photo Booth
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: March 28, 2015 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Grove House, 20160 U.S. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853, United States
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