ABOUT SHELLEY FARMS
Shelley Farms is a father- son duo that has farmed in the Malone and Ashford areas since 1951. Today, Michael Shelley and his son, Todd, along with his sons, make up 3 generation of Shelley family members growing peanuts, cotton, a variety of produce and raising beef cattle in North Florida and south Alabama.
It is important to the Shelley family to implement practices that protect natural resources which without, their operation would not be possible. Since 2011, a variety of BMPs are have been used throughout the growing season to optimize irrigation and nutrient applications.
Plastic mulch covers raised beds for the varieties of watermelon, cucumbers, squash, eggplant and tomatoes grown in order to retain moisture and reduce irrigation needs. Tissue samples are taken regularly to determine nutrient needs. Strip tillage is used when planting cotton and peanut crops. Variable rate fertilization has helped apply nutrients in precise amounts where needed and reduce overall nutrient use. Buffers and filters are located throughout the property to protect sensitive areas from erosion and prevent runoff.
Florida Farm Bureau Federation is proud to award a 2018 CARES designation and sign to Michael and Todd Shelley and family for their dedication in being outstanding environmental stewards.