FARM RAISED | FARM PROUD
Blaire Colvin, Colvin Farms, LLC
Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group
Second generation farmer Blaire Colvin represents counties in district four on the Florida Farm Bureau State Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Committee.
The Marion County farm-girl at heart currently co-owns and operates Colvin Farms, LLC with her dad. “I have been involved in agriculture my whole life,” she said. “My first baby picture was on the seat of a John Deere 4020.”
Originating as a small peanut farm in 1989, Colvin Farms, LLC has grown into an 850-acre diverse operation growing peanuts, carrots, snap beans, sorghum and small grains. The farm is located in northern Marion County in Orange Springs with additional pivots in Citra.
“Farming is what I love to do,” she said. “The satisfaction of seeing a crop go from seed to the final product to leaving our farm and knowing that you are feeding people is really satisfying.”
In addition to farming, Colvin has decided to continue her already impressive academic resume (an undergraduate degree in plant science and a master’s in agronomy) and is currently working on a doctorate degree in plant medicine at the University of Florida.
The full-time farmer’s desire to learn and love of the outdoors have led her to where she is today but it’s her passion for Florida agriculture that exudes above all. “One of my favorite things about serving on the State YF&R Committee is being around people who have the same passion as I do for agriculture,” Colvin said. “It’s one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had.”
In her spare time, Colvin enjoys participating in Ag in the Classroom events in her county as well as perfecting her family’s red velvet cake recipe. “Our family is big red velvet people,” she joked. We like to think of ourselves as connoisseurs.”