Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District holds Farm Tour in Manatee

The Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District recently held its annual Farm Tour, designed to increase awareness of agricultural operations in Manatee County. 

Stops included the Manatee County Agricultural Museum in the Palmetto Historical Park; Hearne Produce in Parrish; Duette Fire Station, where lunch was provided courtesy of The Mosaic Company; a Mosaic reclamation area; and O'Brien Family Farms in East Manatee.

Here are some photos of the tour, provided by Soil Conservation Supervisor Gail Somodi:

A pygmy rattlesnake spotted by a tour participant at the Mosaic reclamation area.

Diane Ingram, Manatee County Agricultural Museum Supervisor, provides an overview to the group.

Cabbage comes in to the packinghouse from the field at Hearne Produce in Parrish.

The Hearne Produce packinghouse.

Kevin Taylor, Hearne Produce farm manager, provides an overview of cabbage production.

A tour through Hearne Produce's cabbage farm.

Lunch was provided by The Mosaic Company at Duette Fire Station.

A guided tour was given at O'Brien Family Farms in East Manatee.



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