Phil Turner, Phil Turner Farms
Tell us about your company?
Phil Turner Farms began doing business in 1960 in Arcadia, Florida on land my grandfather bought in the 1930's and 1940's. I started farming with my dad after my graduation in 1981. My son Brad has now joined the family business!
How long have you been a member of FWA?
I have been a member of FWA for approximately 25 years.
What do you enjoy most about being a member of FWA?
I enjoy being a member of FWA to meet other farmers and their families, as well as the various buyers and industry professionals. Also, I try to help with the research and promotion of watermelons including the queen program and teaching young people about the watermelon industry.
What key tip or piece of advice would you provide to other FWA or industry professionals?
My key piece of advice is to always keep in mind the farmers that work the land, plant the melons and go through all the freezes, floods, dry weather, different diseases, viruses, insects, and cost increases that seem to occur every year. Also keep in mind the food safety challenges, H2A workers, and contractors in addition to trying to harvest in a timely but efficient manner. Without the farmers, you would not have the melon to put in the stores all over the country. A lot of our businesses and livelihoods rely on the farmer, so please keep that in mind when you put prices on your watermelons.