Third Thursday Lecture – Growing in the Glades: An Agricultural History of Everglades City
March 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
While many early settlers were attracted by the area’s diverse and plentiful fish and game, it was the extraordinarily fertile soil that caused them to stay. Squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers gave way to sugarcane and tomatoes — crops still grown throughout the region. Pioneer farms supplying soldiers in the Civil War would eventually grow into massive fields of tomatoes contributing 80% of the fast-food industry’s supply nationwide. This presentation will discuss the rich history of farming and food cultivation in the area for both family use and for profit.