Meet the Growers
Florida Citrus is special due to the conditions in which they grow, as well as the resilience and ingenuity of the people that produce it.
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Steve Johnson is one of the growers that best embodies the spirit of the Florida Citrus industry. Just as his father and grandfather built a large citrus operation from a small farm, Steve diversified his own business by starting a harvesting company to help continue to cultivate the fruits of his labor.
There’s a lot of pride involved in doing what your dad and grandfather did, according to third-generation citrus growers Mark and David Wheeler. Growing up watching their family tend to the groves, Mark and David didn’t just learn what it takes to run a successful business but also found a love for their family trade.
Marty McKenna, a third-generation Florida Citrus grower, is passionate about producing the highest quality orange crops that are used to make delicious Florida Orange Juice. He is an iconic leader within the Florida Citrus industry ensuring what is done today establishes a strong future for tomorrow. Now, his children are walking in his footsteps as the next generation to ensure families will continue to enjoy Florida Orange Juice for decades to come.
Deep in Highlands County, you will find John Barben, a fourth-generation Florida Citrus grower, tending the groves his grandfather planted 60 years ago. Barben’s love and commitment to Florida Citrus provides this industry with a true champion for the cause to ensure future generations will be able to carry on this noble and vital profession.
Emma Reynolds Ezell is a fourth-generation Florida Citrus grower. Deep in the heart of citrus country near Lake Placid, FL, this up-and-coming leader is making a name for herself. She is not only passionate about growing quality Florida Citrus and listening to the trees but serving in various leadership roles to ensure this vibrant industry is here to stay for future generations.
Ellis Hunt, third-generation Florida Citrus grower, stays busy running Hunt Brothers Inc. in Lake Wales, FL. Ellis works alongside his brother as well as several of the next generation of Hunt family members to grow the best tasting Florida Citrus. His love of Florida Citrus comes through in every things he does.
Tips from Florida Grapefruit Growers
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