Anson Nursery takes great pride in being a longstanding, active member of our community here in Citrus County. As such, we are pleased to share that in April of 2015, we were able to take part in the development of “The Grove”. The Grove is a farm that has been developed in an effort to provide nutritious food to those in our community who are less fortunate than others. This amazing effort has been put together by our local Rotary Club here in Crystal River, as well as The Path which also provides other services to the less fortunate and homeless people in our county. There are currently 10 varieties of fruit in production at The Grove including 3 varieties of Peaches, 2 varieties of Apples, Nectarines, Plums, Persimmons, Figs and Pomegranates. All of these varieties are University of Florida approved for our unique climate here in Citrus County requiring low chill hours while adapting to our specific soil conditions.
This project began with an amazing volunteer effort to come out and take part in the planting of the first 50 trees that spring of 2015 and again for the next 50 trees that were added in the fall of 2015. We are currently growing on the next crop of 100 trees to be planted in the spring of 2017.
The varieties of fruit used in this project were Flordabelle, Flordacrest and Tropic Snow Peaches, Anna & Dorsett Apples (which are both proven to be excellent cross pollinators here), Sunraycer Nectarines, Scarlett Beauty Plums, Fuyu Persimmons, Brown Turkey Figs and Wonderful Pomegranates. A micro-drip irrigation system has also been installed to water each individual tree effectively and efficiently with much less water use helping with the conservation of this vital natural resource.
One of the methods used in helping provide nutrients to these trees is the harvesting of lyngbya from King’s Bay. Lyngbya is harvested from the Bay in an effort to preserve and protect our pristine Springs as well as keep King’s Bay clean and free of an overabundance of this algae. Once the lyngbya is harvested, it is transported to the farm and allowed to dry then spread at the base of each tree to provide nutrients to the tree without using chemicals or man-made fertilizers.
It is truly an honor to be a part of contributing in this drive of helping those who are in need within our community. We look forward to being a part of this effort for many years to come.