Lake County’s annual Farm Tour looks at agricultural businesses

The business of agriculture, from turf grass to Arabian horses, will be explored during the ninth annual Lake County Farm Tour.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension in Lake County is hosting the guided bus tour of farms and agricultural attractions, a news release states.

The Farm Tour, which is open to the public, is scheduled from 8am-5pm Friday, Nov. 16. Participants will depart from the Lake County Extension Center at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. The tour costs $45 and includes lunch. Registration is required and is available at 2018lakecountyfarmtour.eventbrite.com. The Farm Bureau of Lake County is sponsoring the event.

Participants will learn about local vegetable and turf grass production, agritourism, the nursery industry, horses, and advanced research conducted by the University of Florida.

Stops on this year’s Farm Tour include:

  • Long and Scott Farms, a commercial vegetable farm and agritourism destination in Mount Dora best known for its corn maze. longandscottfarms.com.
  • Peri Lee Training, an Arabian horse farm in Sorrento that is home to nationally acclaimed show horses. wilsontrainingcenter.com.
  • Lake Jem Farms, a turf grass business in Mount Dora that is using cutting-edge science to produce sod for Central Florida homes and businesses. lakejemfarms.com.
  • UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, one of UF’s Agricultural Research Stations, where scientists are working to improve the efficiency and sustainability of farms. mrec.ifas.ufl.edu.
  • AG3, a tissue culture and liner source nursery that grows cloned plants in Eustis. www.ag3inc.com.

Visitors should wear closed-toe shoes and long pants for safety purposes. For more information, call 352.343.4101.

The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human, and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The extension service provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects, the release states.

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