In spite of catastrophic freezes in the eighties, the rich, hammock soil of Duval Island has continued to produce the delicious citrus for which it is known; Navel and Valencia oranges, Ruby Red grapefruit, and Fall Glow tangerines
currently occupy 24 of its acres.
Our farming practices continue to evolve. In the 2007 - 2008 season, Ferris Groves picked more strawberries than any farm of its size in the state of Florida.
Production of the "Ferris Berry" strawberry has increased by 60% over the last 2 decades, and our blueberry operation has doubled.
Both berries are a favorite of Floral City residents, who find them in our retail store, and of shippers, who appreciate their fine, sweet, consistent quality.
Always seeking to innovate, Ferris Groves has partnered with scientists from the University of Florida in trials designed to improve plant nutrition and provide a "natural" approach to pest control.
A Changed Duval Island (Photo by Tony Kiwak)
Dudley Calfee, General Manager
Protected By Ice
Dudley Calfee and Company
Retail Store and Packing House
Preparing the Fields
Ferris Groves Orange Blossom
Nurture and Irrigate
Rails To Trails Leads to
Ferris Groves Retail Store