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Posted: Friday, February 9, 2018 12:00 am

Dade County Farm Bureau holds annual luncheon celebrating Women in Agriculture

The number 13 is usually an unlucky number but not this time as the Ladies of Farm Bureau were lucky to honor Margie Pikarsky as their Woman of the Year. A crowd of 144 gathered at Schnebly Redland’s Winery and Brewery for lunch and some fine wine.

Our Hostess was the President of DCFB Women’s Committee Carol Harris, who ran the program with precision. The invocation was delivered by past honoree, Jessica Borek. She was followed by the guest speaker, a candidate for Secretary of Agriculture, Senator Denise Grimsley.

Awards, accolades and some incredibly beautiful and colorful hats followed.

Pikarsky was born in Cuba and moved to the United States, with her parents, when she was eight years old. She holds several degrees from the University of Miami including a Masters in Management Science/Systems. She worked at the UM Medical School, with her husband Nick, while they managed a 5-acre grove in the Redland. In 2000, she began full time farming under the name of Bee Heaven Farm alongside her husband, daughter Rachael and two year-round farm hands. When you talk variety, you talk Bee Heaven Farm, which grows organic produce from lettuce to kohlrabi coupled with Rachael’s organic eggs. Margie partnered with other organic farms and started Redland Organics which sells boxes of goodies to a growing list of membership customers.

Pikarsky is an active member of the board of directors of Dade County Farm Bureau and has received many honors including Florida Innovative Farmer. She is involved in a variety of clubs and community organizations

throughout South Dade.

But there’s more to the program, with the Derby Hat Contest. “Most Original” went to my wife Patty and Best Hat was awarded to Blair Steffey. Then came the Chinese Auction with donations from 12 generous supporters from the community.

What a fantastic afternoon in support of agriculture and farming in South Dade.

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