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Farmton project wins state agriculture award
October 25, 2013
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam on Friday presented a state Agriculture-Environmental Leadership Award to Barbra Goering of The Farmton Tree Farm, a 59,000-acre forest timber operation straddling Volusia and Brevard counties. The tree farm is between Osteen and Edgewater. Goering is vice president of Miami Corp., a Chicago-based family investment company that has owned the land since the 1920s.
In partnership with local counties, Miami Corp., which manages the land, created the Farmton Local Plan, “an innovative 50-year vision for the future to place nearly 80 percent of the land into conservation, including a critical regional wildlife corridor and environmentally significant habitat,” according to a news release from the state department of agriculture. “The Farmton Tree Farm serves as a model for large-scale and long-range planning efforts, by creating sustainable places for jobs, recreation and living in the future.”