Farm: Cherry Lake Tree Farm
Location: Lake, Polk, Indian River, St. Lucie, Desoto, Manatee, & Hendry Counties
Date of Origination: November 1985
Commodities: Ornamental Trees, Palms, Shrubs & Citrus
Michel and Veronique Sallin own and operate Cherry Lake Tree Farm in Lake, Polk, Indian River, St. Lucie, Desoto, Manatee, and Hendry counties. The farm was established in November 1985 and since then proudly produces citrus, ornamental trees, palms and shrubs. Cherry Lake Tree Farm is a family-run business with members of the family having an active role in the prosperity of the farm.
Cherry Lake Tree Farm has implemented BMPs since 1985. BMPs are a set of guidelines that advise producers on how to manage the water, nutrient, and pesticides they are using to reduce agriculture’s impact on the state’s natural resources. Some of the BMPs that have been implemented include integrated pest management practices such as biological controls, constructing habitat for beneficial insect, utilization of low impact treatments, use of bio-stimulants and proactive plant health practices to increase the plants natural resistance and defense.
Other practices implemented are conserving water using new technologies such as more efficient irrigation emitters and weather station data. It is practices like these that ensure their land will remain productive and viable for future generations.
The Sallin family is active in their local community as members to the board of Community Foundation of South Lake, commissioner appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Adam Putnam to the Commission on the Status of Women, and in the Catholic Diocese Leadership programs. As a company, they support many employee led volunteer programs including, Give Kids the World, Ag in the Classroom, Operation Christmas Child, and Trial of Trees.
When asked why they think it is important to protect the environment, Sallin responded, “we do not inherit the earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it for future generations.”