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Dwarf fruit trees to grow in pots southwest florida

Pamela and Steve Tack have some of the last stands of dwarf fruit trees in existence.

Steve Tack remembers a day during his college days when he had a date with one of the prettiest girls in town.

He’s been dating her for the past four years and married her for the past decade, but he still remembers that day, when he had a brief crush on her.

“I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that’s the girl I’m going to marry someday,’” Tack said. “I was very romantic. I remember thinking, ‘How do I get to meet her?’”

Tack didn’t get to meet his wife until he was in college. He didn’t think he’d be able to take a girl back to his place after their first date.

She showed up anyway. “But I was in college and things were a little more casual,” he said. “She took it very seriously.”

The next date was just as memorable. They went to the park and held hands. The last date was a Saturday at the beach.

Tack’s wife, Pamela, now 42, remembers everything about those dates. And that she didn’t have to go to the beach.

“We used to take a date to the beach. I wasn’t going to be the beach person,” she said.

The Tacks have been dating for 11 years and married for 10. Together, they have built their family and home on land near the St. Johns River.

The story of the Tacks and their home is the story of St. Johns County and its small farmers who make a living off the land, as well as a story of those interested in preserving and growing trees and plants.

Tack said he started growing trees on land that used to be a sugar cane farm and eventually started selling to St. Johns County Parks and Recreation. They’ve become such an integral part of the county’s life that county park managers often call him the “tree lady.”

For 30 years, Tack has offered to help park employees and county employees with forestry research and cutting down some of the pine trees and selling them for lumber.

St. Johns County Parks and Recreation has also used the tree company for years to harvest trees for parkland and landscape projects, such as a new walking trail at the St. Augustine Lighthouse &, Museum.

“That’s the fun part of this business,” Tack said. “You get to be part of the history. You get to be a part of what makes the area what it is.”

He has seen the land where the tree farm stands grow from an unused farm to a county park to a thriving tree nursery with the Tacks, a daughter, six grandchildren and the hundreds of students who volunteer and intern with him.

St. Johns County has been working on a large tree-planting project near the park in the last two years and will create a new park with a playground and trails. Tack said the county plans to plant more than 1,000 trees near the park and use his services.

“I do some of the bigger jobs, but most of my customers are small farms that need the shade for their tomatoes,” he said.

Tack often gets calls at 2 a.m. about trees that need to be harvested.

He owns about 300 acres of land and has plenty of space for growing and spreading. In about the past five years, Tack has grown about 20,000 pine trees, with most of the cuttings planted near the park.

He and his wife, who does the business banking, spend a lot of time traveling the state and making trips to South America. “In the last five years we’ve gone through four tractors and four mowers,” he said.

The Tacks don’t farm year-round, though they do go to a few farms during the growing season.

“I want them to know how to be a farmer and to appreciate the land,” Scott said.

With the success of the tree farm and its customers, Tack has thought about expanding by building a greenhouse and planting some avocado.

He doesn’t want to add much to his family’s financial situation but, “There’s an avocado orchard in Brazil,” he said. “I love the tree but the fruit is hard to get in this country.”

Tree farm customers come to Tack with a variety of problems. Some just want to cut down a tree because they’re tired of paying for property taxes or a lawn care service.

Others ask about the best way to trim or prune their trees. Sometimes people don’t know if their trees should be pruned back or removed and Tack can help figure out what’s best.

He’s happy to find a tree suitable for a particular homeowner.

“I can grow just about anything,” Tack said.

Another Tack customer, Pat, wants a Christmas tree that is big and colorful. Tack has been helping him find just the right tree.

He has a variety of customers and their needs.

“We don’t advertise,” Scott said. “It’s word-of-mouth.”

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