Vision & Philosophy
Farmton is a place and a vision. It encompasses approximately 70,000 acres spanning southern Volusia and northern Brevard counties along the east coast of Florida.
Since the 1920’s, the land has been thoughtfully stewarded – with respect for the environment at the forefront of our forestry operation and other agricultural uses.
For nearly a century, Farmton has been synonymous with best management practices for agriculture and innovative, long-term conservation initiatives.
Through a genuine love of the land and thoughtful and balanced approach to sustainable development, Farmton will continue to be a special part of Florida where the environment is respected, and great places are created for people to live while responsibly enjoying the natural environment.
Farmton’s roots and heart are in agriculture. Timber
In 1925, Miami Corporation officers visited the site around Farmton and Maytown in Volusia and Brevard Counties in search of agricultural land. The initial purchase of forty-five thousand acres has grown over the past century to be a seventy-thousand-acre property known as the Farmton Tract, or Farmton Tree Farm.
Growing and cultivating trees began in the early 1950s. From 1954 to 1967, fourteen million seedlings were planted, and cutting began in 1974. Since that time, forestry operations have continued using best management practices for planting and harvesting of southern yellow pine.
Deering Park is steeped in the stewardship of the land, the connection to the natural environment and the deep family roots that span a century.
The vision for Deering Park is a community with deep connections to the land and to the people who will live, work, learn and play there.
Deering Park is a portion of the Farmton Tract. Deering Park currently encompasses about 6,300 acres west of the intersection of I-95 and Indian River Boulevard in the City of Edgewater in Volusia County. The land is currently being used for agriculture and consists of pine timber stands, improved pastures, oak hammocks and forested wetlands.
In 2000, Miami received permits from the St. Johns Water Management District (SJRWMD) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that created the Farmton Mitigation Bank. The entire 24,000-acre mitigation bank is under perpetual conservation easement and is being managed in accordance with the terms of the permits.
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