Florida Extension pivots to virtual tour to showcase agriculture

Programs related to agriculture awareness tailored to the growing number of urban residents is a key to keeping Florida’s public informed to the significance of preserving farmland, the economic value of this industry and where they get theirfood and fiber. Informed clientele also makes better decision-makers related to agricultural and governmental policies. As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Florida Extension in Charlotte County turned to a virtual ag tour to show its residents how they get their food and fiber. This recorded virtual tour explored the history of agriculture and various agricultural operations in Charlotte County, including a visit to four Charlotte County farms to gain a better understanding of a few of the different types of agriculture business –traditional and non-traditional –and what they bring to our community. So far, more than 700 people have watched the virtual tour. That’s more than 10 times the usual number who attendthe in-person tour.