Washington County holds 51st annual Farm-City Day Banquet

Washington County Farm Family of the Year

The Dennis Gainer Family was named Washington County Farm Family of the Year on Nov. 21 during the 51st annual Farm-City Day Banquet in Chipley.

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 08:26 PM.

CHIPLEY — Hundreds of Washington County farmers, families and friends turned out for the 51st annual Washington County Farm-City Day Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Held at the Washington County Agricultural Center, the evening featured food, music, fellowship, and a chance to honor the best and the brightest in agriculture.

Five prestigious awards were handed out during the evening, and those awards were:

Tree Farmer of the Year – Ty Peel

Ty and Nancy Peel have lived on the Peel Homestead, located at 1691 Peel Road in Chipley, Florida, for the past 31 years. The 160 acre farm was originally settled in 1901 by Ty’s great-grandfather, James Iverson Peel, and was recognized by the Florida Department of Agriculture as a Centennial Farm in 2009. This designation recognizes the farm for remaining in the Peel family over 100 years.

Over the past 115 years, corn, cotton, timber, sheep and cattle have all been raised on the homestead. There are currently 110 acres in timber and watermelons have also been grown the past four years. Cattle are grazed throughout the timberland and some pastures as well. Rotational burning assists in the control of hardwoods and promotes the growth of Florida grasses. Both long-leaf and slash pines are established on the farmland along with some very mature hardwoods and cypress. An abundance of wildlife including deer, quail, turkeys and ducks also prosper on the farmland due to controlled burning practices.

When available, the Peel’s two sons, Jaime and Jed, assist Ty and Nancy with the upkeep of the Peel Homestead. Ty is the Vice President of Engineering & Operations at West Florida Electric Cooperative and has been employed with the cooperative for 32 years.

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