Updated: Feb 7
After graduating from the University of Florida in 1988, Mark Bryan began farming watermelons in Lorida, Florida at Super Sweet Farms. In 2016, his wife, Judy and children, Kate and Jake, joined Mark in the watermelon business.
As an active member of FWA for 11 years, Mark believes that FWA provides watermelon growers with a platform for pertinent issues that affect their daily lives.
“I believe thru FWA we have a voice that can help our industry survive for generations to come,” said Bryan.
Having grown watermelons for 32 years, Mark will now serve the Florida watermelon industry as the FWA president with the goal of getting growers involved in the association.
“I know as a grower, we are busy and when we aren’t, the last thing we want to do is be involved as a volunteer,” said Mark. “The truth about it though, is if we as growers will get involved with a large enough number, we will make some differences in issues we all complain about on a daily basis. Through a concerted grassroots effort and some sound policy, we will educate the consumers about the things that truly affect our livelihood.”
As a seasoned watermelon grower, Mark has been through good seasons and bad seasons. Each year he strives to encourage other growers to press on through the bad to get to the good and to leave the watermelon industry better than they found it so it can be passed down to the next generation.