Farm City Week Agriculture Tour November 16, 2012 (8am-4pm) or (9am-5pm)
Farm City Week Agriculture Tour
Tour Date and Times
November 16, 2012
Tour #1: 8am - 4pm
Tour #2: 9am - 5pm
$40.00 = Limited Seating
Lunch and snacks provided
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Come join us as we tour four agricultural operations in Manatee County. Visit these local agriculturists' websites listed below for further information. There may be opportunities to purchase items at certain stops.
Dakin Dairy: learn the process of pasteurization and bottling of fresh milk by touring this dairy farm's milk bottling facility and parlor. (http://www.dakindairyfarms.com)
Char-O-Lot Ranch: tour this full service equine facility that includes a breeding program, raising Appaloosa horses, horse care, and training. (http://www.charolotranch.com)
Lunch: enjoy your boxed lunch while we learn about the largest preserve in Manatee County from the Duette Preserve's Ranger.
Gary Reeder Tomato Farm: tomato is "king" in Manatee County! Tour tomato fields and learn from the 2008 Outstanding Agriculturist, local grower, and supplier for West Coast Tomato, Mr. Gary Reeder about tomato production and issues faced by the local tomato growers. (www.westcoasttomato.com)
Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery: walk the path of the grape from the vine to the fermenting room to the wine cave. (http://bunkerhillvineyard.com)
To optimize your tour, please follow these pointers: wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and clothing for variable temperatures. These are working farms; you may experience rough terrain.
Parking: Upon arriving at the Agriculture and Extension Office (1303 - 17th Street West, Palmetto, FL), please use the fairground entrance on 14th Avenue West across from Church on the Rock. Do NOT park at the main office.
PLEASE ARRIVE NO EARLIER THAN 30 MINUTES PRIOR
TO YOUR DEPARTURE TIME.
BUSES WILL LEAVE PROMPTLY AT DEPARTURE TIMES.
Enjoy your agricultural tour!
Water Conservation at Manatee County Agriculture & Extension Service
The mission of the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service is to serve the citizens of Manatee County with the best information and educational programming available, thus enabling citizens to solve problems, capitalize on opportunities, and enhance the quality of their lives. This could mean increased agricultural production, energy or water conservation, responding to environmental issues, providing information for families or addressing youth development.