It is far more than a pun to say our region’s modern history is rooted in agriculture. While railroad enthusiasts can correctly claim Henry Flagler’s early 1900s southward expansion opened the way for local produce to become available to greater markets, the pioneering farm families were the ones who saw to it those rail cars were filled. Wilfred Vick was one of the men who came a little later in 1917, and returned from Ohio with his family in 1918, perhaps not knowing he was beginning a legacy now celebrating their centennial in our community.
The challenges facing farmers have never been easy and four generations of Vicks symbolize this as well as some of the unique aspects of local agriculture. Their transition from “winter farming” to year-round, diversification of crops, enduring Hurricane Andrew’s devastation and recovering to move into ornamental palms. During the course of these changes the Vick women did more than stand alongside. As Pamela Vick and Jessica Vick Borek were honored at the Twelfth Annual Women in Agriculture Luncheon, it was clear they represent the definitive role women play in Florida agriculture.