By: Stacy Ranieri, Treasure Coast Newspapers
PALM CITY - One Martin, a non-profit devoted to cultivating an informed citizenry and building a prosperous community, sponsored its inaugural Martin County Farm City Luncheon in November at Kai-Kai Farm in Indiantown to celebrate the role agriculture plays in the economic health of the region.
Florida Secretary of Agriculture Adam Putnam sent a personalized video greeting in which he urged attendees from both the agricultural, business and nonprofit spheres to work together to connect urban and farming communities in order to propel Florida forward.
Keynote speaker Brandon Tucker, a governing board member of the South Florida Water Management District, addressed the myth that agriculture is not regulated in Florida. While emphasizing farmers’ inherent interest in environmental protection and best management practices for their land, he also explained the multitude of regulations and regulatory bodies that have to be satisfied before land can be used for any purpose…