We had a chance to take part in a farm tour sponsored by Hendry County Extension Service. (We live in Lee County; Hendry is a mostly agricultural area and the next county over.) This is the sign in the window of the County Office where we boarded the bus.
Our guide got some laughs when he pointed out that in addition to being hungry and naked, without agriculture we would also be sober.
The first stop was Patty's Patch. She told us how she started growing a few blueberry bushes on a tiny part of the cattle ranch she and her husband own. Then they found that the perfect harvest time for blueberries in Florida is right in between those grown in Maine and those from South America. So she has created a market for the berries and now they have six acres planted to them with more to come.
Raising Black Angus cattle is still the main purpose of this ranch though. We saw a demonstration of how they herd cattle using horses and Florida cow dogs.
The dogs and horses work together so well and are such good friends that the dogs sleep under the horses at night.
The horses were the best part of the tour for some visitors.
This is Patty's husband, the co-owner of the ranch. He's a member of the Hendry County Cattleman's Association. Later in the tour, we stopped at the County Fairgrounds, where the Cattlemen prepared and served a delicious "lunch" of grilled steak with salads and vegetables.
And then as we got off the bus back at the Extension Office, each participant received a huge bag of produce grown at one of the other places we had visited. (I hope to post more about a couple of those in a future post.)
Thanks to Agriculture, there was definitely no danger of going hungry that day (or any other for that matter).