Month: May 2014

Remembering a lover of groves

Honoring the life and work of Jan G. Valk The citrus industry recently lost a wonderful family man and lover of groves.  Jan G. Valk, 60, passed away on February 18, 2014 at his home in Winter Haven while surrounded by his loving family: his wife of 39 years, Julie Valk, his son Jan, and …

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Ben Adams, Jr.

Facts about the cold supply chain

The facts about the public refrigerated warehousing (PRW) industry aren’t just cold and hard, they’re pretty interesting when you stop and think about them.  Consider the following:

Peaches of Florida

Industry update: Groves give way to orchards as growers look to spring markets. In some sections of Central Florida, orange groves are giving way to peach orchards. As farmers wrestle with citrus greening, peaches developed for Florida’s mild winter climate offer new opportunity. “I see them popping up in different places in my travels,” says …

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Harvest time

Eating blueberries and naming a new princess were among the activities at this year’s Florida Blueberry Festival People were seeing blue everywhere April 12 and 13 when the Third Annual Florida Blueberry Festival commenced again inside the picturesque setting of downtown Brooksville.

Springtime is here!

As Mother Nature’s New Year, spring is the season to make a fresh start on your small- to mid-size farm.  Now’s the time to sweep out all of the old and prep for the growing season!