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2222 Lake Wales Area Resident and Visitor Guide Grove House Visitor CenterGrove House Visitor CenterGrove House Visitor Center Monday-Friday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. -2 p.m. 1-800-237-7805 ext. 4110 20160 Highway 27 Lake Wales FL 33853 Opened seasonally October - May Family Friendly Gift Shop Interactive Exhibits Real Orange Groves Self Guided Museum Tour Buses Welcome Virtual Tour Weekly Events Agriculture is rmly rooted in the Lake Wales community home to Floridas Natural a citrus growers cooperative dating back to 1933. The co-op includes 13 grower associations who have joined together to provide premium citrus products. The Floridas Natural brand sold in cartons and clear pitchers has become synonymous with fresh and avorful juice. The company also produces a variety of citrus based specialty drinks. Hunt Brothers Cooperative a packinghouse that opened in 1928 supports the industry through fresh fruit shipments and product for processing. Polk County is a major citrus producer. Other crops grown in the area include blueberries and peaches developed for mild Florida winters. The area also has a strong ranching heritage. Cattle were raised in the area during the Civil War and shipped to the Confederates or to Cuba. Lake Kissimmee State Park located off State Road 60 just 15 miles east of Lake Wales is known for live history demonstrations at its 1876-era cow camp. The ag industry also is supported by Citrosuco North America Inc. a cold storage company. Lake Wales offers training in agriculture through Warner University which has opened a new Agricultural Studies program. The program offers broad-based instruction with lots of hands-on experience enabling students to try different types of jobs or gain job-specic training while still in college. It also strives to teach problem- solving skills including how to nd the answers students need to be productive. The ag studies curriculum includes animal and plant science agriculture mechanics agricultural policy and law marketing managerial nance natural wildlife and resources management weed and pest management specialty crop production and vegetable production. Lakelands Polk State College runs an Agri-Business Technology Institute. In Babson Park Webber University offers undergraduate business degrees including computer information systems management marketing and nance. Ag instruction also is available elsewhere in the region. The University of Floridas College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in Gainesville offers a wide variety of agriculture-related majors including animal sciences plant science agricultural operations management and agricultural education and communication. Several ag support groups are located nearby including the Polk County Farm Bureau in Bartow Florida Citrus Mutual in Lakeland and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Polk County Cooperative Extension Service in Bartow. The Central Florida Ag News Magazine based in Winter Haven provides news coverage for the industry. Lake Wales a Great Place for Agri-Business