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Real Farms, Real Stories

At Farm Credit of Central Florida our mission to serve agriculture and rural communities across Central Florida is at the heart of everything we do.  We believe that we have some of the best agriculturalist in the country living and working right here in our back yard, each with their own unique product, backgrounds, experiences, family history and challenges to overcome.

With less than 2% of the population now directly connected to the farm, Farm Credit of Central Florida set out to work with our members to tell their stories and help show the world the farms, and the people behind them, that provide the food, fibers and horticultural products that we often take for granted, but use every day. The video series has been dubbed Real Farms, Real Stories.

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Real Farms, Real Stories

Real Farms, Real Stories: Tom Thayer Sr.

Title: All I've Ever Known 

Third-generation citrus grower, Tom Thayer shares his incredible journey to becoming an ag business entrepreneur. Learn how an unexpected trip to South Africa led him down a path to supplying the citrus industry with a more efficient way of irrigating. Through all the trials and tribulations, he has remained dedicated to helping and serving the citrus industry. Farm Credit of Central Florida is honored to have worked with Tom Thayer over the last 12 years.

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Real Farms, Real Stories: The Magnolia Company

Title: It all starts at the farm 

Get a behind-the-scenes look at The Magnolia Company located in Barberville, Florida. Owners Matt and Julie Roth share how the business began 20 years ago and what it takes to create their beautiful high quality, handmade wreaths that are shipped all over the United States. These beautiful products have been featured in HGTV Magazine and Southern Living Magazine. Watch Matt and Julie's story! 

If you want to purchase a magnolia wreath visit, www.themagnoliacompany.com

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Real Farms, Real Stories: Continental Floral Greens

Meet Jim Milgard, owner of Continental Floral Greens, which is the largest farm-to-market floral greens company in the United States. In this video, we explore one of his operations located in Deland, Fl, and hear about his unique background. Jim's story is proof that you don't have to grow up in farming to be a part of it. Watch Jim's story to learn about how he got started in agriculture and tour his amazing operation.
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Real Farms, Real Stories: Agri-Starts

Meet Ty Strode, who now runs the day-to-day operations of his father's plant nursery, Agri-Starts, located in Apopka, FL. Ty became president of the business in 2020 after his father and business founder, Randy Strode decided it was time to take a step back. Ty & Randy have successfully navigated their way through farm succession together as father and son. Ty shares his story about growing up in the nursery business and how the business has grown over the years.
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Real Farms, Real Stories: John Thomas

Be inspired by this rancher’s passion for raising cattle and agriculture. John Thomas has deep roots in Citrus County, his family has been cattle ranching for over 100 years. His inspiring life story is proof that hard work and dedication always perseveres. His two daughters will one day carry on his legacy. You don’t want to miss his heartfelt story!
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Real Farms, Real Stories: M&D Gator

Title: "Not your typical farm"

In this video, we explore an alligator farm in Dade City, featuring Mickey Fagan. Watch his story here! Be on the lookout for the next Real Farms, Real Stories Video.

Be sure you like and follow our social media pages for updates! Farm Credit of Central Florida was honored to be able to work with Mickey Fagan at M&D Gator.

At, Farm Credit of Central Florida we provide financing for Farms, Homes, and Land. 

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Real Farms, Real Stories: Hardee Fresh

Hardee Fresh seeks to revolutionize traditional farming practices by operating the largest organic indoor vertical farm in the United States. 
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