Community / Philanthropy
Current Philanthropic Efforts
As a company, Miami Corporation understands that investing in our communities is an important part of our business operations. Miami Corporation continues the legacy of its founders with a focus on sustaining agriculture, preserving our environment, cultivating the next generation of leaders, and promoting the arts and historic preservation. We strive to protect all of the unique facets that make our communities more sustainable. Our company and our board has philanthropic efforts in Oregon, Louisiana, and Florida. (read more/read less)
Our commitment to being good corporate citizens in Florida focuses on four core areas:
- Sustaining Florida’s agricultural heritage by cultivating and educating tomorrow’s leaders
- Environmental stewardship and conservation
- Promoting and enhancing arts and culture and historic preservation
- Creating sustainable and healthier communities where people can live, work, learn and play
Community/Environmental Benefits from the Farmton Tree Farm
One way in which Miami Corporation’s commitment to environmental stewardship and conservation is exemplified is through the best management practices conducted at the Farmton Tree Farm and our comprehensive planning efforts for the property during the past few years.
Our Farmton conservation efforts have significant ecological value from a regional and statewide perspective. There are two tributaries to the St. Johns River - Cow Creek and Deep Creek – that originate on or meander through the property. The site contains Spruce Creek Swamp, which is the headwater of Spruce Creek, as well as Crane Swamp. It includes Buck Lake and Buck Lake Marshes with rich habitat diversity.
The Deering Preserve at Deep Creek
One of the most important community contributions is the donation of an approximately 1,400-acre environmental gem surrounding Deep Creek near where it meets the St. Johns River. In March 2013, Miami Corporation deeded the Deering Preserve at Deep Creek to Volusia County so that this most scenic and fragile portion of Farmton’s conservation lands can become part of the public trust. Florida Audubon received a conservation easement over the land from the county. In addition, a large portion of the Deering Preserve at Deep Creek is in the Farmton Mitigation Bank and remains subject to the strict provisions of the bank permit.
The Farmton Conservation Management Plan
As required under the Farmton Plan, Miami Corporation has placed almost 40,000 acres under conservation, both in and out of the mitigation bank. The mitigation bank permit has specific requirements for the management of the bank acres, and Miami Corporation has managed and will continue to manage the land in conformity with the permit requirements. The conservation lands outside of the mitigation bank are now managed in accordance with Conservation Management Plans that were crafted by a group of stakeholders, including the counties, the landowner, Florida Audubon, the State of Florida, and a panel of experts in conservation management. Annual reviews by Florida Audubon and the St. Johns River Water Management District will take place to assure compliance with the management plans.
Enhancing Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation
Arts and culture provide many positive benefits, both tangible and intangible, and are an essential part of our quality of life. We significantly contribute to the economic vitality of communities, generating revenue, creating jobs and enriching the lives of people of all ages.
Similarly, historic preservation improves communities and also provides a legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic benefits for present and future generations to enjoy. Miami Corporation’s commitment to arts and culture and historic preservation originates directly from the ancestors within our company’s family tree. (read more)
William Deering, founder of the Deering Harvesting Company, was extremely philanthropic especially in the areas of public welfare and education. He served as president of the board of trustees of Northwestern University, the allied Garrett Biblical Institute, and was a founder of the Wesley Hospital in Chicago. Click here to read more about William Deering’s legacy.
Charles Deering, son of William Deering, not only studied art but also became an accomplished portrait painter himself. The impressive art collection he amassed over the years was eventually distributed to the Art Institute of Chicago after his death.
Charles Deering’s home south of Miami, Florida was known as “The Deering Estate at Cutler.” Now a 444-acre park and museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Deering Estate is a place of natural beauty as well as cultural significance. The Estate includes historical buildings dating from 1896 to 1922. There are also important archaeological sites that date human presence on the land to 10,000 years ago and animals as far back as 100,000 years. Today, it is administered by the Deering Estate Foundation on behalf of the State of Florida.
Between 1912 and 1914, James Deering purchased 180 acres of land in Coconut Grove, Florida with frontage on Biscayne Bay, and transformed it into “Vizcaya,” an estate inspired by an Italian villa - the baroque Villa Rezzonico -- in Bassano del Grappa. The main house at Vizcaya is distinguished for its Italian Renaissance-inspired architecture and its interiors filled with European, Asian, and American artifacts spanning two millennia. Unlike many other house museums from this era, Vizcaya still possesses almost all of its original furnishings, offering an experience of great historic and cultural integrity. It is open for the public to enjoy.
Click here to view the full story of Vizcaya on our Farmton website.
Click here to visit the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens website.
- In May 2011, Miami Corporation initiated a scholarship awards program. Each year since then, Miami Corporation awarded scholarship grants to individual students who excelled in agriculture and/or environmental education who attended the following high schools: Deltona, Pine Ridge, DeLand, University, New Smyrna Beach, Titusville and Astronaut. Selection was made by committees created by the school administrations. Miami Corporation considers this an investment in the future environmental leaders of our community.
Other Community Support in Florida
- Florida Audubon Bird of Prey Center in Maitland, Florida
- West Volusia Audubon Inc.
- Brevard Nature Alliance Inc.
- Daytona Blues Festival