Free Forum to Hail Florida Muck Farming History

Zellwood, FL, farming history from the 1940s
Taken in the 1940s, this photo depicts what farm life was like in Zellwood, FL, at the time. According to Marjorie Grinnell of the Zellwood Historical Society, it took about a half day for these three men to pull the radishes shown in back of her father’s old truck.
Photo courtesy of the Zellwood Historical Society

Even though it’s been nearly 20 years since the state buyout dealings of Florida muck farmers in and around Zellwood to restore the land around Lake Apopka, plenty of memories remain.

To celebrate and reminisce about the positive accomplishments of the farms and farmers on the muck prior to the buyout, the Zellwood Historical Society is hosting a program called Zellwood Muck Farmers Forum on April 27 at the Zellwood Community Center.

The free event is open to the public. Anyone who was involved in Zellwood farming is encouraged to attend and to bring any memorabilia they have, according to Marjorie Grinnell of the Zellwood Historical Society.

The highlight of the program will include a panel discussion featuring farmers with deep roots including: Neil Stoothoff, Ervin Sharpless, David Hill, and Hank Scott. The panel will moderated by Charlie Grinnell Jr.

Social time will start at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:00.

For more information, contact the Zellwood Historical Society at 407-703-7444 or email [email protected].

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