Kenneth Jorgensen

Kenneth "Ken" F. Jorgensen, 1999 Inductee

Kenneth "Ken" F. Jorgensen, 1999 Inductee

The late Kenneth “Ken” F. Jorgensen was president of Zellwin Farms Company, a 5,000-acre vegetable farm in Zellwood that was purchased by the state as part of the Lake Apopka restoration program. Fresh from the U.S. Army Air Corps, Jorgensen started farming in Florida in 1944 for the Beechnut Baby Food Company. By 1946, he had purchased the farm and created Zellwin Farms. A past president of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, his civic and professional involvement included service on the Zellwood drainage and Water Control District and the Growers Container Cooperative. He won the “Grower of the Year Award” from the Packer newspaper, the University of Florida’s Honor Society of Agriculture Merit Award, and the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

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