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VOL. 7 • ISSUE 7

Feature Story

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CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 9005 • Drawer HS0 3 Bartow, FL 33831 -9005 OFFICERS & B OARD OF DIRECTORS President - Charles Clark (863) 528-8537 Vice President - Dave Tomkow (863) 665-5088

Polk County Cattlemen’s Association Ranch Rodeo

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Master Gardener

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Secretary/Treasurer - Justin Bunch (863) 425-1121 Al Bellotto - (863) 581-5515 Ray Clark - (863) 683-8196 L.B. Flanders, DVM - (863) 644-5974

Tampa Bay’s Fishing Report

Dewey Fussell - (863) 984-3782

Hoof N Horn 4H Club

David McCullers - (863) 528-1195

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Rocking Chair Chatter

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Polk County Sheriff’s office

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Paul Reed - Sold out on Polk County

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Business Up Front - Fields Equipment

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Mike Fussell - (863) 698-8314 Moby Persing - (863) 528-4379 Ned Waters - (863) 698-1597 J.B. Wynn - (863) 581-3255 Alternate - Mike Facente - (863) 697-9419 Standing Committee Chairs: Membership - J.B. Wynn Events - Kevin Fussell (863) 412-5876 Rodeo - Fred Waters (863) 559-7808 Cattlewomen - President Marjorie Wood (863) 660-4137 Extension - Bridget Carlisle (863) 519-8677 Sheriff’s Dept. - Sgt. Howard Martin

Cara Cara Oranges

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Naturally Amazing - Marbled Eggs

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Polk County Cattlemen’s Association Ranch Rodeo Photos by Lacey Waters

Winning Calf Branding, Double Mugging Team & Overall Winner: Sullivan Ranch Second Place Overall: Yates Cattle Third Place Overall: H & H Cattle Winning Colt Riding Team: Yates Cattle Winning Women’s Sorting Team: Norman Brothers Winning Wild Cow Milking Team: G-7 Ranch Kids Calf Scramble Winners: Devin Fox, Harli Beerman & Kaylee Jenkins



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It’s National Nutrition Month! This month is sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a campaign to focus attention on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. According the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Food preferences, lifestyles, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all affect our food choices. That is why, as part of National Nutrition Month® 2013, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” Why is this important to our readers? Because the most nutritious food you can find is Fresh From Florida! The Academy encourages a return to the basics of healthy eating and emphasizes the advantages of a healthful eating plan incorporating individual food choices and preferences. “There can be a misperception that eating healthfully means giving up your favorite foods,” said registered dietitian and Academy President Ethan A. Bergman. “Our ‘Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day’ National Nutrition Month theme encourages consumers to include the foods they love as part of a healthful eating plan that is tailored for their lifestyles, traditions, health needs and, of course, tastes.” It’s never too late to get on track. Shop locally, support your local farmer and rancher. You will be healthier and happier for it! Also, please support our advertisers. They allow us to continue to Cover What Is Growing in Polk county each month.

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February was a busy month with two big events taking place. The Polk County Youth Fair was a success again with hun dreds of students showcasing their projects. The large num ber of volunteers who come forth each year are to be con gratulated for their commitment to this outstanding youth ag riculture fair. Many are from the agriculture segment of our population, but there are other workers from many businesses and professional organizations. Just as important as the vol unteers are the individuals and businesses that step up each year to support our youth by donating trophies and ribbons and purchasing the projects that the students have worked so hard to produce. Many thanks to those that have contributed so much financially. Many have done so for years and contrib ute to making the Polk County Youth Fair a success year after year. Cattle producers throughout the county have joined in supporting the youth by supplying animals at market prices, as in the commercial heifer show and newly created commer cial steer show. The Grand Champion carcass steer, shown by Wes Fussell, was in the open show but came out of their commercial herd and the Reserve Champion carcass, shown



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by Moriah McCullers, came out of the commercial show. By having the various classes, more opportunities exist for the youth to participate. The Polk County Cattlemen’s Association Trade Show /Ranch Rodeo was also held in February. Many volunteers stepped up and helped with the planning, arena set up, stock procure ment, judging and stock handling. When it was all over these same people took it all down and returned the stock. The Cattlewomen did another fine job manning the concession area. Thanks go out to the many sponsors and supporters of the event. Remember the signage you saw around the grounds and patronize these businesses. A list will be on the website of those businesses supporting our industry. When possible, return that support with your patronage and a big thank you for what they do for us.


•• Florida The telephone not widely appreciated forfor thePascua first 15 years was namedwas on Easter 1513 by Ponce de Leon Florida – because people did not see a use for it. In fact, in the British “Flowery Easter” • The 1899 Florida appropriated to preserve Olustee Battle parliament it wasLegislature mentioned there wasfunds no need for telephones field, which“we became State Historichere.” Monument in 1909. because haveFlorida’s enoughfirst messengers Western Union • On its more than 54,000 acres, Kissimmee Prairie Preserve hosts a perma believed that it could never replace the telegraph. In 1876, an nent colony of endangered whooping cranes. internal read: “This telephone has“Fountain too many • In 1513,memo Ponce de León, seeking the mythical of shortcomings Youth,” discov to beand seriously considered asitafor means communication.” ered named Florida, claiming Spain. of Later, Florida would beEven held at different times upon by Spain and England until Spain finally sold it toBell the United Mark Twain, being invited by Alexander Graham to States in$5,000 1819. in the new invention, could not see a future in the invest •telephone. Florida Caverns State Park is a Florida’s State Park, located in the Florida Panhandle near Marianna. It is home to the only air-filled caves accessible to

in Florida. •tourists President McKinley said that, “everything that can be invented • Alafia River State once the site of a phosphate mine, has unique topog has already beenPark, invented.” raphy that offers some of the most radical elevation changes in Florida.

• During When Alexander Graham Bell now passed away in 1922, the 19th century, the island, known as Egmont Keyevery State Park, served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end USA of theand ThirdCanada Seminole War telephone served by the Bell system in the and was laterfor occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War. In 1898, as was silent one minute. the Spanish - American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and

•remained Alexander Graham Bell never phoned his wife active until 1923. • Fort Fosterbecause State Historic is part of Hillsborough River State Park and is or mother theySite were deaf. a reconstructed fort from the Second Seminole War.

• Allen “Ahoy” wasBroussard the original telephone greeting. Alexander Graham David Catfish Creek is home to numerous rare plants such as scrub morning glory, fringe tree, andlater cutthroat grass, ʻahoyʼscrub (as plum, used pygmy in ships), but was superceded Bell suggested as well as several protected speciesʻhelloʼ including Florida scrub-jays, bald by Thomas Edison, whoanimal suggested instead. eagles, gopher tortoises, and Florida scrub lizards.

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Master Gardener The Hardy Camellia By Debra Howell


everal years ago, we experienced a long, cold winter which wreaked havoc on our landscape ornamentals. Following the heartache of disposing of once-lovely plants destroyed by the cold, many people posed the question, “What type of flowering shrub will tolerate temperatures below freezing?” I took this query right to the top -- Dr. David Shibles, Urban Horticulturist. His response was immediate and conclusive: Camellias! According to the USDA Hardiness zone map, Camel lias, which are hardy in zones 7 to 9, would be hardy from 0 to 10 degrees. Their land of origin is the Orient, which can get cold at times. Camellias are evergreen shrubs in sizes from 60 to 20 feet tall, depending on the type. The blooms and glossy green leaves of the sasanqua type are smaller than those of the japonica. Camellias will sprawl to a width of six to ten feet wide, so make sure you allow plenty of room when selecting a site for these plants. Blooms come in red, pink, white and bi-colored flow ers. There is also a rare cultivar known as nitidsimina whose bloom has the appearance of a Magnolia and sports a yellow color. Bloom sizes occur from two to eight inches across and are either single, double, semi-double, small, medium, large, very large, and other rare bloom forms. The Camellia was under cultivation for centuries by the Chinese and became the leaf donor for their signature beverage of tea, or “Cha.”

The sole survivor of a massacre of East India Compa ny officials in 1705, James Cunningham, sent the first Camel lia to England. Sadly, this specimen was killed in an overly hot greenhouse by Lord Petre, ironically known as the best botanist in England. At this point I should add that gardeners are some times known as good thieves due to their propensity to snitch clip pings here and there. This bit of anecdotal wisdom was borne out by the gardener, James Gordon, who had boosted some cuttings from this ill-fated Camel lia. Gordon’s clippings survived, and the rest is history. The Camellia has become such a southern staple that it seems like it’s always been here. However, the plant made its first appearance in North America during the late eighteenth century. The Camellia blooms from about November to March, the peak time falling in January. Cultivars will bloom for a month. We’ve explored the concept of succession planting, and Camellias are good subjects for this technique. Using the plastic tag, which should accompany plants at your favorite nursery, determine what cultivars are available, and whether they are sasanquas or japonica types. A rule of thumb is that sasanquas bloom first, then the japonicas bloom around the same that the sasanquas stop flowering. Camellias are hardy in central and north Florida and can tolerate a slight freeze. The blooms may sustain damage at the freezing point, but a severe freeze (under 25 degrees) will most likely impede blossoming for the season. These plants can have along lifespan, specimens sometimes achieving a hundred years. I must attach a disclaimer to this fact. I have people ask me how long a horse can live. My response is always “totally depends on the level of care which they receive.” The same can be said for Camellias. The better and more complete the care, the longer your Camellia will live. Camellias love organic matter, so I use oak leaf mulch around mine. I have a large ring of what I call “Pineapple bromeliads” (a small, spiny red



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cultivar) around the Camellias with my oak leaves as under story mulch. This creates a nice specimen look for a focal point in my yard. You may also use organic amendments such as compost, peat or composted manure. The Camellia doesn’t like “wet feet,” so you must insure that your soil is well drained and not in areas with what we call hardpan or high water table. They love partial shade and will exhibit yellowish-green foliage when over-exposed to the sun. Camellias may bear more flowers in full sun, but remember which state we’re in -- the Florida sun can be relentless. The plant likes slightly acidic soils with a pH of 5.0 to 5.5, but may tolerate pH up to 6.5. Now you know you can acidify soils with a high (alkaline) pH by amending with superfine dusting or wettable sulfur. This will temporarily lower the soil pH. Conversely, you may raise the pH of acidic soils by amending with dolomitic limestone. Neither technique is a per manent fix. We live on limerock (Karst) terrain, so we normally find soil pH values between 5.0 to 6.5. There are exceptions to this rule. Please avail yourselves of the soil testing capabilities at the County Extension office prior to amending your soil. In other words, don’t “lime it” before you know whether or not it needs it, regardless of what your neighbor says. Remember, we already have a great amount of lime in central Florida soils. If used properly, your Camellias will require very little pruning. Proper use would indicate proper cultivar selection. Don’t choose a tall cultivar if you want a short plant, and vice versa. In my perusal of University of Florida IFAS Circular 461, I found 42 cultivars in many forms with many different bloom types. Indeed, the 42 cultivars were listed in detail. With all the colors we’ve explored, the hardiness and ease of cultivation of Camellias, as well as the new fragrant varieties, your most difficult task will be to locate these treasured varieties which you’ll purchase and place in your yard, as just the right touches for your southern landscape!



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Jenn with Her Redfish

Tampa Bay’s Fishing Report Fishing pressure continues to climb throughout Florida and because it’s a wonderful pastime for friends and families, it’s import that we protect the assets that give us such enjoyment.

Most anglers enjoy a good fish dinner, so don’t hesitate to take enough for a meal. However, filling your freezer with fillets is not in the best interest of protecting our assets. If we want a good fresh fish dinner you have an excellent reason to go fishing. “Like we really need one.” Unless properly frozen fish have a short shelf life, usually two to six months depending on fat content and how it’s frozen. Otherwise it quickly becomes freezer burned and destined only for the garbage. Regardless of how good your freezer is, nothing saves your fish if the package is not void of air with a pressed heat seal. Omega-3 fats are highly unstable and when exposed to air quickly oxidize, leaving that easily recognizable, rancid, fishy smell and taste. Whenever you take fish from your freezer and the seal is broken, be certain it passes the smell test.


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Early mornings, light wind and a small ripple on the water are outstanding times to fish top water lures for Snook, Redfish and Trout. Anglers everywhere, especially throughout Florida, seem hooked (no pun intended) on MirrOlure’s. Located in Largo, Florida, this lure manufacturing company has committed to the highest quality since the beginning. They continually improve and create state of the art fishing lures, resulting in millions of fish caught in both fresh and saltwater. From topwater prop baits and surface walkers to slow sinking and diving lures, MirrOlure is the favorite of everyone. One of the favorite topwater techniques used over a shallow broken bottom grass flat is the “walk-thedog.” Here are some tips on setting the hook when using topwater lures. Snook are much like freshwater bass, they both strike so violently it frequently pushes the lure out of the water without hooking the fish. The key is to always wait until you feel the fish, before setting the hook. Redfish on the other hand, usually swirl at the lure, which almost always pulls or pushes it down and sometimes ahead of the fish. This means they occasionally miss on the first attempt, particularly in shallow water. If you’re “walking the dog” slow it down, but never stop it. If you stop the lure during the attack it usually turns away and loses interest. Again, wait until you feel the fish to set the hook. Here’s a little something about hook setting. We’ve watched bass professionals wrench back on their rods to set the hook. Some reasons given for this type of hook set is quick reaction times result in good hookups, getting the stretch out of their monofilament line and forcing the hook point (usually rigged weedless by embedding it into a soft plastic lure) out of the plastic lure and into the fish. However, today with many anglers switching to braided line



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and open J-hooks, aggressive, haul back and set the hook techniques are unnecessary. Braid has little or no stretch and no memory. Just getting the slack out of the line usually forces the hook set. With braided line, when you see or feel a strike, quickly lift the rod to remove any slack line and reel, the hook does the rest. “Slack Line is Not Your Friend” One final point on hook setting involves circle hooks that have been around for centuries. Over the last 10 to 20 years and with a move toward environmentally friendly fishing, “Circle Hooks” increased in popularity with recreational anglers. They’ve proved to be the most fool proof way of hooking fish while producing the least damage. Hook sets normally occur in the outside edge of the mouth and seldom, if ever, throat or gut-hook a fish. Circle hooks are automatic, just lift your rod, take up any slack line, (which should not be there) and it’s a hookup. Try to set the hook yourself before you feel the fish and guess what? The fish wins.


If February was any indication our snook bite should be great in March. As the water temperatures keep rising they continue moving into their summertime patterns. Greenbacks begin showing up and live bait anglers will be getting out that dreaded cast net. Look for Snook to pattern along outside edges and points along mangrove islands and shorelines and especially where tidal flows move bait. Our miles of grass flats with sandy potholes also offer excellent ambush locations. Live bait, suspending lures, topwater’s and soft plastics always produce.

For diehard live baiters, use live shrimp, greenbacks, or fiftycent size pinfish under a popping cork, find a deeper broken bottom grass flat and you’ll catch trout.

Cobia, Mackerel, Sharks: As the bait shows up these

should follow. Check markers and cans holding bait and be ready to toss something in the path of a circling Cobia. Not picky about food, Cobia will readily take large shrimp, small crabs and pinfish or toss them an artificial jerkbait or plastic eel. Mackerel will eat greenbacks, threadfins, silver spoons and of course shrimp lures.

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Redfish: There’s nothing more exciting to a redfish angler

than easing onto a shallow grass flat and seeing fish tails with that ever pronounced black dot waving in the air. The first thing is to identify which direction they are feeding and approach quietly from the other. Nature provided redfish with exceptional eyesight and even better hearing. It’s been said, “They can almost hear you change your mind.” Always presenting a low profile often times a serious angler will slip over the side then slowly and quietly wade to within casting distance. Now comes the tricky part, using a perfectly placed cast they try picking off the outside fish, never casting directly into the school. If you’re scouting for Redfish you might notice that in almost every one of my reports I mention mullet schools. That’s because it bears repeating. When trying to locate feeding redfish, remember they follow schooling mullet eating the baits they stir up. So I guess it stands to reason that fishing mullet schools usually produces reds. Some anglers use the dead stick method with cut ladyfish, mullet or chunks of crabs, others still prefer artificial lures or live bait.

Spotted Sea Trout: On incoming or outgoing tides,

March will continue producing good catches of trout. I cannot emphasize the excitement of using topwater lures on calm early morning trout grass flats. Trout love MirrOlure’s Top Dog Jr. and MirrOMullet. Twitch or “walk-the-dog” and pause the lure momentarily after each series. The anticipation is unnerving. If the water’s three to five feet deep you might give MirrOlure’s MirrOdine and MirrOdine (heavy) a try. These are great trout catchers.


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Better than Re-runs:

By Ginny Mink

Hoof N Horn 4H Club

Children of the eighties, unite! Have you noticed that the cartoons that were on in the early and mid-eighties, like Transformers, Pound Puppies, Care Bears, and Strawberry Shortcake have been revamped and digitized to appeal to our elementary-aged children? Incredibly, they seem to think these are new creations. It makes you wonder if your parents were watching the Incredible Hulk and Spiderman, too. Anyway, the point is that a lot of fun stuff that started (at least we think it did) in the eighties has now returned as a seemingly new invention. Some people might think that Hoof N Horn 4H Club has only been around for four years yet, truth be told, it’s the GI Joe of the 4H world. Obviously we’re being a little facetious here, but Hope Bibby, the current leader, revealed Hoof N Horn 4H Club’s origin during a recent interview while providing the typical interviewee background information. This is what she told us, “I was raised on a farm and a ranch. My dad and mom were farmers and ranchers. They grew bell peppers and strawberries and my dad started his own orange grove from a small tree; he actually planted the grove. We still have the orange grove in the family now. We’re all still in the ranching business we were raised in; we all raise beef cattle. I was in 4H as a teenager. I was in Lakeland Community 4H Club and I had all kinds of 4H projects myself. I showed steer, did baking and canning. After we got married and started having children we decided to start our own 4H club. We started Hoof N Horn at that time for our own children and children in the close community could come to the meetings. That was probably in the 80s.” See, it’s not new! Hope continues, “We kept the 4H club going until our kids graduated high school and then we kind of retired the club. We just kinda started it back up again when our first grand16


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child got old enough. That was Jesse, the second one, Jillian, will be old enough come August to be in the Clover Buds. We’re going into our fourth year in September so we’ve had three full years.” We revealed to her that though there was a break in her 4H service and commitment, she has already offered somewhere around 20 years as a 4H leader! That’s an impressive accomplishment and one that should probably gain her some sort of notoriety. Anyone talking to her would be instantly aware of her love for agriculture itself, but also her extreme enthusiasm for 4H. She says, “4H is so important to me because the kids get to learn so much and do so much. Kids that have a goal go so much farther! One of the projects that I tell them all to participate in is photography, because it’s something they can use for their whole life, and cooking, it doesn’t have to be gourmet. Our main goal is to teach them life-skills, speaking in front of people, things they can use all through their lives, not just something they can use right now.”

She then shares a personal and moving success story, “We’ve got a young man, Lanson Collins, and he raises Zebu, which looks like a Brahman but it’s really small. They don’t require WWW.INTHEFIELDMAGAZINE.COM

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Like the proud grandmother that she is, Hope then goes on to enumerate the accomplishments of various other children in the club. First she talks about Clayton and Dalton Nall. She says, “We’ve got two little boys that are just excellent in whippopping. Last year, 2012, one of them was a Junior Champion at the Polk County Youth Fair. It came down that the two brothers had to have a pop-off. This is one of the biggest events, the arena will be full, it’s a fun, fun competition and the girls compete right along with the boys. You’re teaching them to get out in front of a crowd and do your very best. Competition is a good thing, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and you have to be as graceful at losing as you are at winning.”

are the size of a medium sized dog. Lanson has a special story, he has a type of autism and before he got involved in the club he was very introverted, he’d sit in the corner and not get in front of people and this year, he’s our President! We’re just tickled pink with all his progress!” Lanson is evidence that Hoof N Horn’s life-skill education goal is flourishing.

Mollie Tew Next she talks about Mollie Tew, “She raised the tri-color peach tree and it sold at auction. I think it got $500 at auction. My group is very diverse; we have a large number that do horticulture. You don’t have to raise large animals to be in 4H. Horticulture is something that has life-skills to it because most people have a yard or a garden or plants inside their house. She raised vegetables too, she had a garden. There’s also a vegetable competition and she did very well at that. The vegetables were things they were actually feeding the family with. She did the photography, it was her first year, she won a blue ribbon at county events and her photography project actually got to go on to exhibit at 4H Congress at the University of Florida in Gainesville and that was her first time participating in county events and it was the first time the club had members competing in county events.”


Though her club is small, it’s obviously got some impressive members and devoted supporters. Hope moved on to tell us about their community service project. She said, “This year we’re collecting paper goods, toilet paper, hand soaps, body soaps. There’s always a shortage at the children’s home here in Lakeland. That’s our big project. We always try to do something for the children because I feel like we’re really blessed here.” Indeed they are, and truth be told, we all are, even if we’re old enough to have seen the return of Cabbage Patch Kids. INTHEFIELD MAGAZINE

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ne of my long-time friends in Plant City is Dick Elston. he other I ran intowe an have old friend by our the friendship name of Ever sinceday high school enjoyed and telling jokes. We talked about the good times we Marcus Dragon.

had as kids. Marcus asked me if I had seen Bill Jolly I recall when Dick was past in high Cooke, and Earl Bone in the fewschool years.heI was told hired him Ibyhad idea owner Jolly of thewas, Plant City Courier, as aoften. part-time type setter. Dick where but I see Earl Bone

was later delegated the job of laying out the classified ads. He was pretty good at what he did, although at first he was known to Later that day I got to thinking about all the last names in make a few slip ups. On his first publication he had an ad for our conversation. There was me, with the read, last name of Berry, Barwick’s Drug Store, which should have “Wanted: Partthen Marcus Dragon, Bill Jolly and Earl Bone, all with rather time job for married girl to work our soda fountain.” When the unusual last names. I then did a little searchmarried on mygirl computer Courier came out it read, “Wanted: Part-time to work for and unusual names. our funny soda fountain.” Thelast only other one I can remember was an ad for Carlos Cone. It read, “Wanted, man to take care of cows at Cones that notofsmoke drink.” First I ranranch across thedoes story a ladyorwith a name of Beth and

her husband’s name Bud. She said on their 25th wedding an Last month Dick gave a copy of hisplate newfor book entitled, niversary their son gavemethem a name their house “Life that and Times of Plant City in the 1940s” (copies are available at the read, “Bud, Beth and Beyond’. Plant City Photo Archives). Reading through the pages brought back a lot of memories. He recalled in the good ole days, when They saywas thatlow 60 on percent ofthey all babies are of named for everyone money, sufferedborn because rationing. aHefamily member. The remaining 40 percent are named for writes about gas being rationed during World War II, you were someone outside theon family. given a sticker to put your windshield for gas. Either “A,” “B” or “C”. Usually, as I remember, you were allowed only five gallons of gas once at a time. Ann Landers wrote about a couple that had six children

who were all given the name of Eugene Jerome Dupuis Junior. One children day I went Bell’s restaurant lunch and sat next The weretoreferred to as One,forTwo, Three, Four, Fiveto Dick’s dad. I told him we were good friends, and were always and Six.

telling stories on each other. He laughed and said, “Did you ever hear the story of Dick leaving home?”

Mr. and Mrs. Jones named their first child Tonsillitis. The other were“Tell name “No,” three I replied. me Meningitis, about it.” Appendicitis and Perito nitis. Mr. and Mrs. Wind of Idaho name their four children North, East,and South West.Dick was seven years old he decidHe laughed said,and “When ed to run away from home. I recall he packed his little suitcase 22



with a few clothes and a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. As he started for the front door his mother asked him where he was going. ‘I’m leaving home,’ he said. ‘And what are you carrying?’ she asked. ‘Some clothes and food,’ was his reply. ‘Dick, if you want to run away, that’s alright,’ his mother said. ‘But you came into this home without anything and you can leave the same way.’ He put down his suitcase on the floor defiantly and started for the door again. ‘Wait a minute,’ his mother said. ‘You didn’t have any clothes on when you arrived, and I want them back.’ Turning red as a beet he quickly took off his clothes, shoes, socks, underwear and all, and hollered, ‘Now Mom, can I go now?’ ‘Yes’, was her answer, ‘but once you close that door, don’t ever expect to come back.’”

I like the story of the social work that was working on a case

Dick’s son was so and angry hegirl. slammed the door and with adad ladysaid thathis had five boys one “WOW,” she said, stepped outall onyours?” the front porch.they Sheare peeked through the hearing window “Are they “Yeah, all mine.” Since and there he stood completely naked. He saw two girls coming that question a thousand times before she says, “I say sit down down the street and immediately jumped in the shrubbery.

Terry, and they all rush to find their seat.”

After the girls passed by he ran to the front door and knocked “Well,” says the social worker, ”I need all their names.” loudly.

“The oldest one’s Terry.” “Who’s there?” his name motheris said. “It’s me, Dick, in!” “OK, and wholetisme next?” “Dick live any more!” she replied. “Well,doesn’t this one is here Terry, also.” “Aw, c’mom, I’m still your son. Please let me in!”

The social worker raises an eyebrow but continues. One by one, through the oldest “I five, all boys, namedopen Terry. Dick’s father concluded, watched herallslowly theThen door she introduced the eldest girl, named Terri. “All right,” says with a smile on her face, and say, “Did you change your mind the caseworker, “I’m seeing a pattern here. Are they all named about running away?” Dick walked in, grinned, and said, “What’s Terry?” for supper?” Dick pointed out a lot of things I had forgotten about the 40s. Blind Charlie was the peanut vendor. We had inner tubes inside of W W W. I N T H E F I E L D M A G A Z I N E . C O M WWW.INTHEFIELDMAGAZINE.COM

The mother replied, “Well yes…it makes it easier. When it’s time to get them out of bed and ready for school I yell ‘Terry’ and they all come running. And, if I need to stop the kid who’s running into the street, I just yell ‘Terry’ and all of them stop. It’s the smartest idea I ever had, naming them all Terry.” The social worker thinks this over for a bit then wrinkles her forehead says, “But what if you want ONE kid to come, and not the whole bunch?” She replies, “I call them by their sur names!” Looking through the latest road atlas I noticed a lot of funny named towns. In Arizona there’s the town of “Why.” It’s near the Mexican border and has a population of about 116. The unusual name of the town comes from the fact that the two major highways, State Routes 85 and 86, originally intersected in a Y-intersection. At the time of its naming, Arizona law re quired all city names to have at least three letters, so the town’s founders named the town “Why.” Looking further I found the town of Burnt Corn, Alabama. This small town has a rather unusual name that puts us in mind of those afternoons at the office when someone who doesn’t know how to use the microwave decides to make popcorn. Then there’s Possum Grape, Arizona. I have no idea what a possum grape is, but apparently it’s a thing, because some one felt it was necessary to name Possum Grape, AR after it. I checked their Facebook page, and it didn’t help me under


stand what a possum grape is either. Ever been through Boogertown, North Carolina? Ok, we know what a booger is. This isn’t a possum grape situation. This is Boogertown, NC and we have a pretty good idea of what this town was named after. We just don’t get it. If we had to make a choice, it’s possible we would prefer the results of living in Boogertown to what you might find in Flea town, OH. It just seems like such an itchy place. Itchy or not, it’s an unincorporated community in Licking County. Yes, we didn’t make that up, Fleatown is in Licking County. We’re starting to get frightened about what happens there, I have always heard that everything is bigger in Texas. Let’s add crazier in Texas to that. Why else would they name a town Looneyville, TX? The story goes that the town is named for a storekeeper named John Looney. If you visit Looneyville, make sure you also visit Jot-Em-Down, TX and write all about your Looneyville experiences. If you don’t want to visit any of the above cities, perhaps a trip to Hell would be more to your taste. That’s easy to do since Hell happens to be in Michigan. For the life of me I can’t fig ure out why they considered a name such that for a town, but it’s certainly not an original. There’s also a Hellhole, Idaho. After all is said and done I’ll stick with my name of Berry and live in Plant City. After all, I can start here and go anywhere.


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Polk County Agricultural Crimes Unit By Grady Judd, Polk County Sheriff


olk County Sheriff’s Office Agriculture deputies respond to the same types of crimes as regular patrol deputies do. In 2012 PCSO Agri culture deputies conducted 843 criminal investigations, which included crimes such as Burglary, Grand Theft, Criminal Mischief, Trespassing, Illegal dumping and Vandalism. There were 940 calls for service, which include deputies respond ing to loose animals, missing persons, and assisting patrol deputy searches.

Deputies used ATVs to search the prop erty and located boot and horse tracks leading from the victim’s pasture into a neighboring pasture. Deputies followed the tracks finding wire gates disturbed with binding wire lying on the ground. The tracks continued along a small dyke and ultimately to a nearby residence. Due to the area and need for additional assistance in locating the missing horse, Ag deputies requested the assistance of the PCSO Aviation Unit’s Helicopter.

Agriculture deputies see repeat of fenders and follow trends just as their counter-parts in patrol, but one thing is different - the victims. Ranchers, grove owners, and an array of agri-business related businesses and properties are among those who call upon PCSO Agri culture deputies. All of which are located in the fourth largest county in Florida. Polk County is 2,010.2 total square miles, 1,874.9 square miles of which is land area so it’s not unusual for a PCSO Ag deputy to investigate a crime in remote area. This can offer unique challenges for response, but with the use of ATVs, boats, trucks, and the agency’s helicop ter, deputies can meet the challenges and solve crimes.

Using the Helicopter’s on board For ward Looking Infrared system, or FLIR, the missing horse was located tied to a tree in a swamp in the area. The stolen saddle was lying on the ground next to the horse. Members of the PCSO Crime Scene responded and collected latent prints from the recovered articles and from a tractor in the neighboring pasture where additional boot and horse tracks were found. When the prints were processed by the PCSO Identification Section, the results indicated the suspect was a known criminal in the area. Deputies discovered the unknown saddle belonged to the same suspect.

Deputies arrested 18-year-old Lawrence Junior Davis, DOB 10/25/1994, 7601 Van Fleet Road, Polk City, and charged him with Burglary (3counts), Grand Theft in excess of $50,000, Grand Theft of Livestock, Break and Injure a fence containing livestock (2 counts), Animal Neglect/Cruelty, and Trespassing. Additionally the suspect is currently on probation for previous crimes committed on the above victim’s property. Therefore, the suspect was also charged with Violation of Probation. Davis is currently in the Polk County Jail on no bond. This investigation is a great example of how dedicated our agency members are to responding and solving each incident of crime which occurs in Polk County, regardless of whether it’s in a manicured neighborhood or in a remote pasture.

One recent case of Burglary and Grand theft reflects the teamwork necessary for investigating criminal offenses on agricultural property. At approximately 8:30 on February 12, 2013, PCSO Ag deputies responded to a property in the Polk City area to investi gate a burglary and theft at a barn. The property owner told deputies someone had been in the barn, turned off the elec tricity, and had apparently attempted to steal two horses along with a saddle and bridle. One horse was found wandering in the victim’s pasture with an unknown saddle on it, the second horse was missing. 24


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Sold Out on Polk County:

Paul Reed By Ginny Mink


ypically one finds county allegiance within the ranks of those whom are native to that area. Polk County is pretty well known for its staunchly loyal residents. That said, it is rare to find a non-native as devoted to his current locale as Paul Reed. He is an Ag teacher at Haines City Senior High School and he loves Polk County! Paul says, “I’m originally from Oklahoma. I grew up in a real small town there. I graduated, joined the Marine Corp and was in four years. I started thinking back to all the fun I had in FFA so I thought, ‘I want to be an Ag teacher.’ Where I’m from, you either work in the oil fields or the farm and I didn’t like the oil fields. I attended Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. We were the first Ag teachers to graduate from that program. I taught five years in Oklahoma then I moved to Florida and I’ve been here in Haines City since 1987.” Undoubtedly the past 26 years in Polk County have had quite an affect on him. He says, “We’ve got some great programs, especially here in Polk County. There’s a lot of good teachers in Polk County which makes the competition a little tougher at times. Keeps you on your toes trying to compete with this bunch here, Polk County!” Certainly he’s no stranger to competition. He explains his personal academic approach, “I basically base my program around animal science. I have a lot of students that excel in showing, especially Brangus cattle. Our



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program here, we get a lot of students that aren’t Ag oriented but hopefully when they get here they like it and get interested in it. We recently started an environmental science academy so we’ve got a second teacher now.” Anyone who knows a teacher knows that there really are only two kinds, those who teach because they love the subject and those who teach because they love the kids. In our experience, the one’s who love kids are more effective. Paul reveals his stance, “I do this because I enjoy working with younguns, especially if they get involved in FFA, that’s where they really benefit from the program. We’ve had poultry judging and vet tech teams. Over the years we’ve had livestock judging teams that finished in the top five of the state. Then recently our poultry judging team was fourth at the Florida State Fair. The students I’ve had show Brangus cattle. We’ve had Grand Champion Bull, Grand Champion Heifer, Grand Champion Cow-Calf Pair at numerous fairs: Kissimmee, Florida State Fair, Polk County Youth Fair. We’ve had the Grand Champion Commercial Heifer at Polk County Youth Fair.” Aside from admitting that your purpose in teaching is the love of children, the propensity to brag about their accomplishments is a dead give away.


Paul has no problem boasting about his students’ achievedeed restrictions dealing with landscape issues; pruning practices; ments. He adds, “The large percentage of the pigs we took problem plants such as invasive, non-native plants; pesticide and ferto the youth fair were ribbondeficiencies; pigs. They mulch use a modified tilization practices; plantblue nutritional application; Danish system. A blue ribbon is an excellent hog, a red ribbon and irrigation system issues including frequency and timing of appliiscations. an average andareas a white ribboncited would be a poor particihog. Other hog frequent of interest by communities We took hogs and twelve were blue ribbon! We have pating in fourteen the FFL Community Association Outreach Program have included that stormwater pond best dealing with students show poultry andmanagement rabbits andpractices, they’ve done quite erosion stormwater runoff and science questionsacademy, involving well withcaused those.byWith our environmental reclaimed water.other Evaluations andisrecommendations based on sciCoach O (the teacher), going to train anare aquaculture ence-based research from UF/IFAS. In addition to site evaluations, the team so we’re going to expand our career development events, Community Association Outreach Program offers onsite presentations give these students more opportunities and a wider range of about the FFL principles. activities to participate in. It’s designed so that when students leave theyCommunity have the skills necessary to work as an isenvironmenThe FFL Association Outreach Program a free resource tal graduate.” fortechnician HOAs and once other they community associations to provide for guidance in instituting sustainable landscape practices, reviewing landscaperelated maintenance contracPaul andcovenants Coach Oand areworking blessed with to belandscape associated with a program tors.has FFLboth has had several success storiesand with communities that adoptthat tremendous potential exceptional resources. ed FFL practices from which wereinable to see water conHe explains, “We have plansthey to put about anreduced acre and a half sumption and water utility and maintenance costs. Contact me at the of peach trees in the near future. Peaches have just recently, Hillsborough County Extension Service, 813-744-5519 x 54142, if in theservices last few years, become crop they’re growing here in these would benefit your ahomeowner or condominium associFlorida so we decided we would give it a try, produce some. ation. We have about two acres, right now we’ve got legustrums and Foramore information on environmental topics, they’re horticulture, hedge-like plant, sohorticulture we’re digging them contact your local County Extension Service. up and potting them and we’re gonna grow the peaches where Additional information on Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ they were at. We’ve got/, a greenhouse. We have facilities here and can be accessed at http:/ at the school for students to keep their hogs here at school The Florida-Friendly Community if they’re interested in Landscaping™ showing a pig. A lot of Association them don’t sponsored by the University of where Florida’s haveOutreach facilitiesProgram at their ishouse. We have a garden area we Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the Hillsborough and plant a spring garden. We have about a half an acre of orange Polk Boards of County Commissioners and the Southwest Florida grove,” and then heWater reveals the resource that will make other Management District. Ag teachers supremely jealous, “Two miles north of school we have ten acres of pasture that we have five head of cattle on.” Paul Reed is blessed as a teacher probably because he’s devoted to the young people he teaches. Yes, he’s a fan of agriculture and enjoys teaching his subject, but he’s there to make a difference in the lives of the teens he oversees. He says, “I have 142 in Ag classes but only about 54 of those are FFA members. The kids are great, I think the world of them; they’re fun to work with.” In closing, he gives credit to those cooperating in the success of the program, “The community support, the administrative support here at the high school and the parental support is really beneficial to our program. We get a lot of great support!” This is yet another testament to the devotion and loyalty of Polk County and its residents. WWW.INTHEFIELDMAGAZINE.COM W W W. I N T H E F I E L D M A G A Z I N E . C O M


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’d like to share a few words with you readers about a local business in central Florida that has been a part of the business community since the mid-1950s. That company is Fields Equipment, a John Deere dealership. It is a family-owned company that also operates three other tractor dealerships in central Florida as well as an auto dealership in Polk County. Today Fields Equipment Company has three active dealerships throughout Central Florida. The original location is in Winter Haven and opened in 1956. After serving in the US Army in World War II, Charles Fields, Sr. returned home to Winter Haven and began working for Niagara Chemical Company. Known as Mr. Charlie, he soon met Bob Paul and a partnership was formed that became known as Fields Equipment Company. Mr. Charlie took over the operations of the dealership and Bob Paul continued his role with Bob Paul Citrus. It was a partnership that worked well up until the 1990s. At that point, the partnership was dissolved, creating what remains a family-owned operation, with Charles E. Fields, Jr. as CEO. In 1958, a John Deere dealership, previously owned by Joe Burke, in Zolfo Springs became available. The Hardee County Fields Equipment location originally started



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in a vacant Buick automobile dealership in Wauchula and after a year in the Wauchula location, the business was moved to Zolfo Springs. Buford Long was the General Manager, followed by Fritz Pfeifer and Gilbert Tillman. In 1965 Earl Haynesworth came to Fields as General Manager and under his direction, the company flourished. Upon his retirement in 1984, John White took over for 16 years until his retirement in 2000. At that point, Dennis Sasser took over the position and is still there today. Dennis asked me to mention Clayton Evers who worked there for 41 years with various responsibilities, most notably as that of the Parts Manager. Mr. Evers provided a wealth of information regarding the background and past history of Fields Equipment. In the early 1990s, a location was secured on US 27 in Clermont for a dealership to serve Lake County. Today Fields Equipment, at age 52, remains a visible symbol throughout Central Florida. Field’s Equipment offers a broad spectrum of services provided. They have a complete line of lawn equipment including John Deere mowers and Echo chainsaws and


trimmers. There is also a wide selection of all sizes of John Deere tractors, as well as Gator utility vehicles, a wide range of supporting equipment such as mowers, disc and tilling equipment and John Deere baling equipment. They also have a completely stocked parts department and repair facility for any necessary repairs to your equipment. My little grandson was very impressed with the toy department so if you’re struggling with choosing a special gift for the young farmer/rancher in your family, drop by Fields Equipment for the perfect gift. They have tractors from pocket size to mega sized. My best wishes for the upcoming years for this asset to our area. You can visit Fields Equipment at their three You Too, Can locations in

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RECIPES Blueberry Breakfast Casserole

INGREDIENTS 2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried 8 large eggs, beaten 1/4 cup maple syrup 1 loaf bread (any kind) 1 1/2 cups low-fat milk 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese (cold so it can be cubed) 1/4 cup butter, melted cooking pan spray

Recipes Courtesy of the Florida Department of Agriculture

Minted Citrus Coucous INGREDIENTS 10 ounces couscous 1 cup boiling water 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped 2 oranges (one zested and juiced, one sliced for garnish) 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped 1 cucumber, seeded and chopped kosher salt to taste freshly ground pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes. Cut cream cheese into small cubes. Lightly spray a 9x9x2-inch baking dish. Place half of the bread cubes in the dish. Evenly place the cream cheese cubes and 1 cup of the blueberries over the bread. Add the remaining bread cubes and blueberries to the top of the casserole. In a medium-sized bowl, combine eggs, milk, maple syrup and butter. Slowly pour egg mixture over bread. Cover casserole with foil and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Insert a tooth pick in the center of the casserole. When the toothpick comes out clean, remove the foil so the casserole can brown on top. Let cool slightly and serve warm with extra maple syrup on the side.



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Preparation In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add couscous and 1 cup of boiling water. Stir couscous and cover tightly with plastic wrap allowing couscous to steam until tender, about 5 minutes. After couscous is tender, fluff with fork and add olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Add remaining ingredients except for the orange slices and mix well. Place couscous mixture in the refrigerator to marinate before serving. To serve, garnish couscous with orange slices and any leftover fresh herbs. WWW.INTHEFIELDMAGAZINE.COM



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Mr. Robert “Rob” Krieger June 5, 1947 - February 14, 2013

By Melissa Nichols Many men approaching their 60s are looking forward to retiring, selling everything and taking off in a motorhome, traveling the country and sightseeing. That may have one day been something that appealed to Mr. Robert “Rob” Krieger. Mr. Krieger instead decided to buy a working cattle ranch nearly 30 miles away from his home and business and take on a the “farm” life. This decision, he says, was the best one he ever made. Many people recently heard his name in the news as he tragically died in a plane accident heading back from a fishing trip with some friends. This however told little of who Rob Krieger was. He much more than a cattle farmer and businessman, he was a larger than life hero in his hometown of Winter Haven, Fl.



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weekends. It took him a year and a half every weekend to finish the cabin. This cabin was a refuge and place to escape the city and life’s hustle and bustle. He spent time there hunting doves, enjoying his family and teaching others to hunt. Nancy says that her husband “knew how to work hard and knew how to play harder.” Rob truly loved the time spent in Ft Meade, but people who knew Rob knew this wasn’t enough land and he was longing for more.

Mr. Krieger was raised in Winter Haven, where he grew up without much. He started working at a young age to help support his family. He graduated high school already having accomplished his journeymen electrician. After a few years at Polk State College, Rob was drafted into the Army and completed two tours of Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. After the war and several commendation and achievement medals later, he returned to Winter Haven and bought the business that he worked at in high school and started his own electric company. And that is where the story begins. Mr. Krieger was a prominent member of society who has had more accomplishments than can be told. Mr. Krieger was a self-made man who made his little company into a large flourishing business. He is well known to give people second chances and hire teenagers to give them a chance to earn their way. It is often said that the quote “he’d give you the shirt of his back” was thought of because of him.

Reaching back in time, remembering his childhood, Rob became involved in the Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club where he became a board member and later served two years as the president. He always felt that children shouldn’t do without a safe place to go after school so their parents can work. He often talked about the kids getting their tickets punched and being so excited. Being involved in this cause led him to involve his employee and friend Frank, who together came up with the idea for the “smoke on the water” competition BBQ cook-off. This event is held in Winter Haven every year to raise money to fund the program. Rob Krieger never wanted glory or fame for his many involvements, yet he donated tens of thousands of dollars to the organization annually. He also served as a founding board member of the Commerce Bank of Central Florida, a board member of the Citrus and Chemical Bank and Winter Haven Economic Development Council, as well as many other organizations. Rob and Nancy have established The Krieger Family Scholarship at Polk State College. It was often said the Rob Krieger knew no stranger. He was cordially known as the “Mayor” around town. In later years Rob was well known to auction off several charitable tours such as duck hunts, dove hunts, and Eco tours yearly to raise money for different causes such as the Boy and Girls Club. People from as far away as Wisconsin came Continued on pg. 36

With his success came a lucky chance meeting with his soul mate Nancy. Although people may say they do not believe in love at first sight, others say these two were exactly that. Rob and Nancy married a few years after meeting and later had a daughter, Kelly and son, Robbie. Rob and Nancy have raised their children to work hard and follow in their footsteps. He had a very different perspective on raising kids, although they lived only minutes from Disney World he would say “I will teach them to fish, they don’t need Disney.” He felt that if more people spent time with their kids and nature that there would be a lot less trouble in families. Rob often took trips to the Florida Keys, Bahamas and out west to fish. His children are able to hunt and fish with the best of the best due to their dad teaching them. His daughter Kelly said, “I sometimes think my dad enjoyed teaching someone a hobby better than the hobby itself.” Rob would often teach people whom he barely knew tricks of the “trade” while fishing or hunting. He was truly one with nature in every way and a one of a kind of guy. In the last 20 years Rob has turned his love of nature, agriculture and hunting into several ventures. One of which is a piece of land (over 100 acres) in Ft Meade where he constructed a “cracker” cabin out of cypress that he built himself on the WWW.INTHEFIELDMAGAZINE.COM


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Mr. Robert “Rob” Krieger June 5, 1947 - February 14, 2013

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to Polk County to join him to hunt. Rob devoted much of his time to helping organizations because of his deep love for helping people. He is known to have a heart that was made of gold when it came to helping people. He always adorned a smile anytime he thought of helping someone. Polk County was his heart and soul. Rob was never the type who wanted to go far away and never had a desire to visit places such as New York City. He loved his county and community as much as he loved nature. At nearly 60 years old Rob and his wife Nancy, both thinking that retirement would lead to traveling and fishing, instead bought a large spread of land complete with an operating cattle ranch in Polk City. Nancy says they knew it was meant to be when they showed up to look at the property and wild turkey crossed the road on their way in. It may have been the area known as the airstrip that convinced the aircraft pilot in Rob. The ranch adorned to them as the “Rockridge Ranch” became home to them when their daughter was a high school senior. This was a very big change in the beginning from living in the city for a teenage girl but, over the years she now proudly says that the ranch is home.

management. At nearly retirement age, Rob bought tractors, equipment, a John Deere Gator and cattle, lots and lots of cattle. Rob and Nancy learned the importance of keeping weeds maintained and all about hay. This didn’t happen overnight, the couple spent countless hours fixing fences, building and working the land. Rob’s job went from business owner to “Trail boss of Rockridge Ranch,” where he welcomed friends and neighbors alike to tour and hunt on the ranch. They trained the cattle to come when they threw out range cubes, one of Rob’s many daily routines on the ranch. The

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cattle simply saw him coming on the atv and ran toward him to greet him. They have turned what could have been their easy years into a respected cattle ranch operation. Some have said they mistakenly took Rob Krieger for a ranch hand, because he was just that down to earth, hardworking and friendly. It was hard to believe he was a prominent business man and ranch owner. The property now is equipped with its own duck pond that will be home to ducks from near and far. This was a work in progress for Rob. Nancy says it was Rob’s dream to grow old raising cattle and hunting. She said he would have proudly sat in his rocking chair, looking out over the pond and bay heads, admiring nature and the view and say, “This is heavenly.” Nancy plans to keep the ranch going. She also has an immense love for the land and the animals. If you were to have asked Rob Krieger why he bought a ranch at his age, he would probably first say something like, “My wife told me to,” with a smile on his face, because that was his funny sense of humor. But on the serious side he would tell you that it was a lifelong dream and no matter what your age, with hard work and perseverance, you never give up because anything is possible. He would tell you age is just a number, and dreams, they do come true. Rob Krieger is truly and inspiration to anyone who dreams big.



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Florida Vitamin C One delicious Cara Cara orange can meet more than your daily requirement for Vitamin C. This nutrient is important for a healthy immune system, cancer prevention, healthy blood circulation and wound healing. Vitamin C acts as a potent antioxidant in the body, neutralizing harmful free radicals and preventing its damaging effects in cells. By fighting cell and tissue damage, Vitamin C protects against cancer and other diseases, such as the common cold. This vitamin also helps the body absorb more iron, and aids in the development of strong bones and teeth. By Sandy Kaster, M.S. Clinical Medicines, B.S. Nutrition Science


uring the winter and spring months in Florida, fresh, juicy citrus is abundant and in peak season. If you’ve bought navel oranges in the past few months, you may have noticed that some have a rosy red interior. On the outside is a smooth, pebbled orange peel, but the inside resembles a ruby red grapefruit in appearance. This special type of navel orange is known as Cara Cara and is available December through early March. Cara Cara means “beloved” in Italian. More complex in taste than other navel oranges, the Cara Cara type is a low acid navel with a sweet taste and notes of cherry and blackberry. Cara Cara navel oranges got the name from the location where it was first discovered in 1976--- at the Hacienda Cara Cara in Venezuela. Cara Cara oranges have more antioxidants and lycopene than regular navel oranges, thanks to the beautiful red flesh. This type of orange is also seedless and very juicy.


An excellent source of Vitamin C, a medium-sized Cara Cara orange contains more than 150% of the daily value for this vitamin. Oranges are also an excellent nutritional source of dietary fiber, folate, thiamin, potassium, and Vitamin A. In addition to these vitamins and minerals, oranges contain a wealth of other disease-fighting compounds, such as phytonutrients and antioxidants. These potent chemical fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and control blood sugar levels. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, one medium-sized Cara Cara orange (154 g) contains 80 calories, 1 g protein, 0.1g fat, 21 g carbohydrate, and 7 g of dietary fiber. It also provides 150% of the Daily Recommended Value (%DV) for Vitamin C, 14% for folate, 12% for dietary fiber, 8% for potassium, 6% for calcium and 6% for Vitamin A. 38


Fiber A single orange provides 12% of your daily fiber requirements, which has been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels, which helps to prevent atherosclerosis. Fiber can also help maintain steady blood sugar levels, as can fructose, the naturally occurring type of fruit sugar found in oranges. Oranges also contain pectin, a water-soluble fiber that helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and aids in satiety. Eating the whole fruit as opposed to drinking the juice helps you feel full longer, partly because of the fiber found in the fruit and membranes. Fiber is well known for assisting with digestion and preventing constipation. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, a diet high in fiber may decrease the risk of several types of cancer including colon, rectum, breast, and pancreas.

Folate Oranges are a good source of folate, a vitamin that can reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spinal cord (neural tube defects) in the fetus. Pregnant women should consume a diet high in folate, and eating an orange or other citrus fruit every day can help. Folate is also essential for growth and development, and plays a key role in DNA formation. Its heart-healthy benefits come from its ability to lower homocysteine levels in the body. Homocysteine is an amino acid in the blood that is correlated with heart disease. Additionally, low levels of folate have been linked with low energy levels, depression and even memory impairments. So it’s an essential vitamin for everyone, in addition to its significant importance for the developing fetus.

Potassium Oranges, like many other fruits and vegeta-

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bles, are a good source of potassium, which can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke and cardiac arrhythmias. One orange contains eight percent of your daily potassium requirements. This mineral is needed for proper electrolyte and fluid balance. Potassium plays an important role in muscle contraction and nerve transmission, and people with low levels may experience muscle cramping. Potassium may also help prevent or slow down bone loss from high-sodium diets.

How to Select and Store

Choose Cara Cara oranges that have smoothly textured skin and are firm and heavy for their size. The juiciest oranges tend to be smaller, heavy for their size, and thin skinned with a sweet fragrance. Avoid those that have soft spots or traces of mold. Oranges can be stored either at room temperature for up to one week or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. The juice can be stored in the freezer for up to six months.

How to Enjoy

Since oranges come in their own natural packaging, they are a portable, convenient snack. You can simply peel and eat the orange or slice it into wedges and eat. Sweet Cara Cara oranges can also be juiced and cooked into jams, sauces, and baked goods. Use in savory or sweet preparations, pair with avocados, lettuces, nuts, bacon, other citruses, tropical fruits, fresh herbs, strong and aged cheeses, grains, seafood and poultry. Use Cara Cara juice in curds, cocktails, vinaigrette and syrups. Other ways to enjoy Cara Cara oranges include: •Toss orange segments into any fruit or vegetable salad •Squeeze the juice into a pan, allow it to thicken over heat, and use it as a sauce for fish or chicken •Add orange juice to baked goods for a bright refreshing twist. •Slip a few slices of orange into a pitcher of water for a refreshing low-calorie beverage. •Boil orange slices with your teabag or add slices to boiled tea. •Float orange slices in your bath for a citrusy spa treatment. •Use the whole orange, peel and all, to make marmalade. •Serve sliced oranges after a meal for dessert •Pair with cheese and bread for an easy appetizer or meal •Marinate chicken in the juice and add zest for a zip of fresh flavor Enjoy Florida Cara Cara oranges today. With their sweet juicy flavor, oranges are delicious as well as healthy! SELECTED REFERENCES WWW.INTHEFIELDMAGAZINE.COM





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To hold in moisture around your roses, and hopefully thwart the pro-

liferation of weeds, an organic mulch is recommended. As itGreen decomposActivities By Sean Naturally Amazing es, you'll replace the mulch, bearing in mind that even when your mulch disappears, you're building nutritious soil. Mulch makes weeding much easier, too.

Roses have graced gardens literally for centuries, being used as ground covers, shrubs, vines, container and specimen plants, flowering almost year-round in central Florida.

Marbled Eggs (Chinese Tea Eggs) If you plan to use your roses as cut flowers, think about your intended arrangement and trim the roses length accordingly. Use larger blooms low in the container and use smaller blooms and buds at the top for height. Also, try to use odd numbers of flowers in your arrangement, as florists do. If you cut buds when they are too tight they'll probably refuse to open. Always make a clean cut with a sharp knife or cutting shears, trying to avoid a ragged cut for the sake of the plant.

Roses appear in a plethora of colors and scents. They also come with a wide range of implications and situations. You may give them on the occasion of a sweetheart, the Prom, a proposal, an acceptance, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day, Boss' Day, Employees Day, Good Grades Day, Apology Day, the Kentucky Derby (Run for the Roses)...well, let's just say from birth to death, there's an occasion for roses. Now that you know that there's no need for an excuse to give this beautiful flower, plan a garden plot for roses and bestow the splendor of the rose on some unsuspecting soul soon and often. These roses are in memory of my precious dad Nelson Lunn, athlete and great golfer, now playing through with his good friend Art, both having gone home on December 18th, 2012. You've got all my love and respect, dad.

I was looking for something Irish to present for this month’s activity page simply because St Patrick’s Day is this month and I am Irish, however, in my search I found some really cool ideas that originate from the Far East that can be part of your Easter celebrations (no pun intended).

Boil the eggs in water.

Hardboiled eggs are easier to peel if they are several days old. Buy your eggs about five days before boiling them if possible. Bring the eggs to a boil, then remove them from the heat, let simmer in the hot water for two minutes

Some roses will require weekly fungicidal or insecticidal spraying to

Eggs are a the traditional Chinese food, way inaspect whichofeggs maintain quality of the plant. An one important rosecan care isCrack the shell. bethe prepared is to boil them and soak hardboiled eggwould in a tea proper management of fungal blackthe spot. This disease not beWhen the eggs are cool enough remove them from the water as prevalent in states which lack our wet, humid climate. Begin to ofnear various spices. One of the original recipes, five-spice powder, and crack them all around the shell. Smaller cracks produce treat roses when new growth emerges, continuing through growing include a mixture of cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds,the cloves more marbling. Let the extra water from the boiling seep out season. One asset associated with roses isremoved that thesefrom low-mainteand Szechuan peppercorns. Eggsshrub are boiled, the of the egg (about 10 minutes) nance roses are resistant to black spot with very few or no sprays. water, and the eggshell gently cracked all around. The cracked eggs are then simmered in the tea mixture allowing the spices Yet another fungal disease which is a threat in spring or late fall is pow-Dye the eggs todery soak into the egg.covers The dark color of spiced gives the mildew, which new leaves andthe buds with tea a powdery whiteFill a coffee mug about halfway with enough dyed water to egg a marbled appearance that is visible when the egg is substance. This disease rarely kills the plant but will damagepeeled. leaves andcover the egg (egg will displace water) blooms. Place the coffee mug and egg in the refrigerator overnight to A fun and colorful variation of the Chinese tradition can be soak. Other pests which you eggs. might encounter include caterpillars, aphids, used to decorate Easter thrips or spider mites. The best hedge of protection for your roses is early detection of infestations. But that should be easy considering theWhen complete, the eggshell will be a solid color, but when the Materials: close scrutiny you'll afford your beauties once you fall in love withegg is cracked it will have an exciting marble appearance. Eggs (5 You daysmay old) Water them. contact the extension office for BMP's (best manageFood Dye Coffee Mugsyou (formay Dye) ment practices) for these and other pest problems encounter.




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In The Field magazine Polk edition  

Agriculture magazine covering Polk County in Florida

In The Field magazine Polk edition  

Agriculture magazine covering Polk County in Florida