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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The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made lasting contributions to agriculture in this state and to mentoring of our youth, who represent the future of agriculture in Florida.
The video profiles of the inductees from 1980 through 2017 were produced by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. More information is available at: http://www.ifas.ufl.edu
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