Citrus groves

Citrus groves

In Florida, the Native Americans carried oranges with them, left from the Spanish, and droppedtheir seeds in heavily forested areas. Early settlers of Florida planted orange groves inparticularly near newly developed settlements. Citrus today is one of the major fruit crops ofthe western hemisphere. Many orange grove plantings were set among the waterways of Florida where the watertransportation to other states was easily accessible. In […]

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Lamar Fort known as pioneer in Point-4 Program

Lamar Fort known as pioneer in Point-4 Program

Black History Month 2021 Lamar Fort improved farming practices at home and abroad Born in Live Oak, Florida, on October 6, 1909, Lamar Edward Fort was the son of Pattie and Carrie Thomas Fort. Being part of a farming family appears to have instilled in Lamar a love of agriculture and the soil.   Lamar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Florida A […]

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Homegrown Florida Special Exhibit

Homegrown Florida Special Exhibit

The Osceola County Historical Society presents Homegrown Florida, a new special exhibit about the citrus and cattle industries, agriculture and early tourism.  Osceola County and the Central Florida area were shaped by the industries of citrus, agriculture, cattle and tourism. The impact of these industries can be seen throughout the years: Florida oranges are sought after, and the Silver Spurs Rodeo still attracts large crowds. […]

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