Tour De Farm Tour: Barnes Farm

The following guest post was written by one of our own Board members, Mary Ann Rosenthal. Read on for Mary Ann's bio. Photo by Terry Bottom

Five generations of farmers have lived on the Barnes Farm located right off Route 206 in Hastings, Florida. Ginny Barnes and her brothers have grown up in a farm family that has changed and innovated over the years since her great grandfather started chip potatoes. Today they work alongside their parents to maintain and sustain the 3000 acre farm and a lifestyle they are proud of.

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Although cantaloupes and watermelons and squash were grown by the family after they moved from chip potatoes in an attempt to diversify and modernize their operation – it has been cabbage that has supported them in recent years.

Photo by Terry Bottom

Ginny points with pride to daughter Amelia’s “I am a Farmer” project. The middle schooler created the profile a while ago, but it hangs near her mom’s desk in the Barnes Farm offices, next to a Slow Food Tour de Farm “Thank You” poster from the past.

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The cabbage planting will start up in September and by November 15th, the date of the next Tour de Farm, they should be in full swing.

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Mary AnnAbout Mary Ann:

Mary Ann recently retired from the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, FL as an Assistant Director of Marketing, now working as a web marketing specialist for Aaron Rosenthal, at Thought Projects, LLC., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

While with UNF, Mary Ann worked on university identity, alumni events and fundraising efforts as well as brand standards. She was the President and Co-President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Jacksonville chapter; Fellow of the AIGA, Jacksonville chapter; and Advisory Board of the AIGA Jacksonville Chapter.

Mary Ann is also co-owner with husband Bill, of the St. Augustine Antique Emporium at 62 San Marco, St. Augustine, FL, and Vintage St. Augustine.