52nd annual Dade Agricultural Farm Tour scheduled on Feb. 5

Join the 52nd annual Agricultural Farm Tour on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 8 a.m., and help fund scholarships for students interested in agriculture.

The tour will begin in the heart of Homestead at the John D. Campbell Agricultural Center (Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension), 18710 SW 288 St. in Homestead.

Every year the tour visits different farming operations to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of farming in South Florida’s subtropical climate. This year participants will visit a vegetable farm, an ornamental greenhouse nursery, an ornamental fish operation and a new lime grove.

During the tour there will be a special luncheon at the Redland Golf and Country Club honoring two distinguished farming pioneers: the Martens family and Norman Ray Barrow.

Interested participants should call Lize Luna at 305-248-3311, ext. 242, or Patty Viera at 305-248-3311, ext. 225, to preregister for the tour. The cost for the tour and luncheon is $50. The cost for the luncheon only is $30. Pre-registration and payments may be done online at: www.dadecountyagricouncil.org/events —-ag-tour.html

The 2015 Ag Tour will be hosted by Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Service, Miami-Dade County’s Agricultural Manager, Dade County AGRI-Council, Dade County Farm Bureau and Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association.

For more information, visit the University of Florida IFAS/Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension website and check the calendar of events or call the county’s Extension Office at 305- 248-3311.

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