I Am Really Not In The Mood For This!!

Virginia N. Fred

Cape Coral, United States

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So he gave me a dirty look, I still got his photo

Photo taken at Celery Fields in Sarasota, Florida

*A History of the Sarasota Celery Fields

This article was adapted by Arny Rawson from History and Agriculture in Sarasota County Florida, published by the Sarasota County Fair and Sarasota County Historical Commission, 1976.

From about 1920, Mrs Potter Palmer extended her vegetable growing area from Gulf Gate to the location of the present Celery Fields. Prior to that time, the site was a rich muckland known as Big Camp Saw Grass and Tatum Saw Grass. The muck (peat) occupied the lowest 2,000 acres, and was surrounded by a higher dark loam area and an even higher sandy area. The depth of the muck varied from a few inches to 8 feet, and was composed of from 66 to 73% organic material. Below the muck layer was sand, which varied inversely with the depth of the muck. A clay or marl layer lay about four feet deeper still.

The Palmer interests engaged Arcadia engineer J .A. Kimmel to make topographical maps and a drainage plan for the entire 8,000-acre area. The site was organized as the Sarasota Fruitville Drainage District in 1921. The firm of Cravens and Kimmel prepared excellent 1-foot contour maps for drainage, which made development in the Phillippi Creek watershed possible.

Construction of the Celery Fields began in 1923. The main canals were finished by 1926. An experimental farm of 2,000 acres was set up under the direction of E.L. Ayres, then County Agent.

Although different vegetables were tried, by 1927, it was decided to grow predominantly celery. Roads were built across the area. Since the muck was constituted in great part by acid, lime was added: 1.5 to 2 tons of ground limestone and 1 to 1.5 tons of hydrated lime per acre. Unit ditches served 10-acre tracts. Artesian wells served two 10-acre tracts from each 6-inch well. At first, just a spring crop was harvested. Later both spring and fall crops were grown.

The farms, which were sold off as private units, continued to produce celery until the property was acquired by the County in the 1995*

Shooting Date/Time 1/29/2011 10:51:03
Tv(Shutter Speed) 1/1000Sec.
Av(Aperture Value) F5.6
Metering Modes Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation -1/3
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF75-300mm f/4-5.6
Focal Length 250.0 mm
Image Quality RAW
Flash Off

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