The Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture Series at First United Methodist Church at noon features the History of Alger Farms.
The presentation will be a conversation with Richard Alger of Alger Farms and local history advocate Bob Jensen.
Richard Alger is one of South Florida’s most successful agriculturists as well as an effective leader and spokesman for his industry. A Yale-educated plant scientist, he is a strong voice for agriculture in a county facing the challenges of explosive growth and rapid urbanization.
Alger Farms Inc is a family farm in East Homestead which harvests over 1,200 acres of sweet corn and 200 acres of trees. Mason W. Alger, started farming the land in 1934, eight years before military planes started taking off and landing at the base nearby.
Richard Alger’s leadership in his industry and community has brought him many honors. In 1986 he was inducted into the Dade County Farm Bureau’s Hall of Honor and presented with the Chairman’s Council Award by the South Florida Soil and Water Conservation District. The Dade County Kiwanis Club honored him with its Agribusiness Award in 1976. The Greater Homestead-Florida City Chamber of Commerce named him Agriculturist of the Year in 1983 and Citizen of the Year in 2005.
The lunch is $10 and will be served at 11:30am before the lecture. Please reserve your lunch in advance by calling Barbara at 305-230-9185 before 3pm on Friday, April 6th. Optionally, you’re also welcome to bring your own lunch without charge.
This presentation is free and open to the public. Parking is free and handicapped parking is available.