Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference

Announcing Innovative Farmer Awardees

The goal of the award is to recognize farmers and ranchers who are innovative leaders and excel in: Making their farming systems more profitable over the long term; Using farming practices that enhance, rather than harm, natural resources; Leading- or participate in - activities that support viable communities; and Providing outreach and/or education about sustainable agriculture ideas and practices to others.

The applications we received this year were once again outstanding, and we cannot thank everyone enough for the time they took from their busy farm schedules to share their stories with us.

We are pleased to announce this year’s Florida Innovative Farmer Awardees:

H. Fred Dietrich III
Dietrich’s Flying D Ranch
Orlando, FL

Steve Crump
Vo-LaSalle Farms, Inc.
DeLeon Springs, FL

Ken Ryan
Herban Gardens
North Fort Myers, FL

The awards ceremony will take place during the conference opening 9:00am – 10:00am, Saturday, August 2. Please join us in congratulating these special farmers and to learn more about their operation.

      Past Florida Innovative Farmer Awardees


Margie and Nick Pikarsky
Bee Heaven Farm
Homestead, FL

Joseph Ballard and Paul Speros
SB Farms
Malone, FL

Natalie Parkell and Kevin Osburn
Vertical Horizon Farm
Hobe Sound, FL 


Gabriele Marewski
Paradise Farms Organic
Homestead, FL

Pamela and Hank Sindlinger
Gateway Organic Farm
Clearwater, FL


Chris and Eva Worden
Worden Farm
Punta Gorda, FL

George Owens
George Owens' Farm
Chipley, FL

Trish Strawn
Deep Creek Ranch
Deland, FL


Alan and Yvonne Hart
Windmill Acres Farm and Goat Milk Dairy LLC
Ocklawaha, FL

Roger Twitchell and Ellyn Hutson
Caney Branch Farm
Monticello, FL

Nancy Roe
Green Cay Produce and Farming Systems Research, Inc.
Boynton Beach, FL


Bobbie Golden
Golden Acres Ranch
Monticello, FL

Linda Hart
Crazy Hart Ranch
Fellsmere, FL

Lynn Steward
Mr. Citrus Organics and Vegetables
Arcadia, FL

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