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Producer member profile – Blackberries spelling year-round success for Wish Farms

In October, FFVA producer member Wish Farms announced it was expanding its year-round offerings of strawberries and blueberries to include blackberries. How’s it going? Very well, thank you. The Plant City-based operation founded in 1922 decided to get into the blackberry business at the request of its customers. “Since they buy strawberries and blueberries from [...]

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Producer profile: Generation Farms – Helping generations of families grow stronger

Generation Farms comprises three farms that, working together, strive to be the premier vegetable and fruit supplier for the East Coast. The entity includes third-generation operation Coggins Farms, which began in 1945. Stanley Farms began growing Vidalia onions in 1975, although family patriarch R.T. Stanley began farming as a sharecropper in 1964. A third, Suwanee [...]

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Producer member profile – UPDATE: Ella’s Closet of Belle Glade –

In July 2015, The Harvester talked to Debra Allen, wife of FFVA Vice Chairman Paul Allen of R.C. Hatton, about a very special project. It’s called Light House Café, and a very special part of Light House Café is Ella’s Closet. Paul Allen and three others in the Everglades began Light House Café in the [...]

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Producer member profile – Big Red Tomato Packers

Life is never boring at FFVA producer member Big Red Tomato Packers. In addition to growing and packing tomatoes and peppers, the family team is involved in research into new types of tomatoes, lending a hand to the hungry, helping young people find their way to success and rewarding war heroes. The family’s Florida farming [...]

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Introducing FFVA’s newest emerging leaders

Members of Class 6 of FFVA’s Emerging Leader Development Program are excited, motivated and ready to learn. Travis Kuhn, one of the new class members, summed it up this way: “I’m looking forward to interacting with industry leaders in Florida and building relationships with the next generation of Florida agriculture!” Here’s an introduction to the [...]

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Producer member profile – J&J Family of Farms

Building a Family of Farms – J&J Family of Farms is a growing partnership of multi-generational farm families that grow over 14,000 acres of vegetables. Based Loxahatchee, it operates packaging and cooling facilities in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arizona and Mexico.  J&J’s focus is ensuring freshly grown produce is available year-round from its diverse [...]

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