Agriculture

LAWTON “BUD” CHILES JR.

OWNER, JUBILEE ORCHARDS, TALLAHASSEE

Chiles, a son of late U.S. Sen. and Gov. Lawton Chiles, farms blueberries organically and has become a nationally recognized advocate for American farmers. Chiles developed the 50-acre organic blueberry farm with his wife, Kitty, after serving as president of Chiles Communications from 1977 to 1993, representing large corporations, including AT&T, Citigroup and Apple. He has served on the boards of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Tallahassee Chamber and as president of the Lawton Chiles Foundation. Briefly a candidate for governor, Chiles has also served as vice president of the non-profit charity HOPE Worldwide, overseeing programs in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. Chiles formed a national non-profit, American Grown, which attempts to educate and engage consumers and community leaders to support America’s family farmers. “The American farm is under attack both domestically through government policy and through foreign powers not operating on a level playing field. The result is a rigged system that crushes the local farm — the backbone of America,” he wrote in a commentary.

EDUCATION Stanford University (BA)
PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION After my father passed away, I inherited Jubilee and turned my attention to nurturing Jubilee Orchards to become a venue for families to enjoy this beautiful land and learn about eco-agriculture and organic health.
SOMETHING SURPRISING That my third act has been farming.
NEW HOBBY I gave up flying airplanes and riding motorcycles though I loved both. Now I’m a dedicated biker like so many Tallahassans who love to pedal along through the Red Hills of North Florida.
READING Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation, by Tony Seba

ERNIE BARNETT

FLORIDA LAND COUNCIL

Michael Basore

TKM Bengard Farms

RICK DANTZLER

CITRUS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

MALLORY DIMMITT

LYKES BROTHERS

Pepe Fanjul Jr.

Florida Crystals

DONELL GWINN

GWINN BROTHERS FARM

ELLIS HUNT

HUNT BROTHERS

Mitch Hutchcraft

King Ranch

Mike Joyner

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

GENE LOLLIS

ARCHBOLD BUCK ISLAND RANCH

ADAM PUTNAM

DUCKS UNLIMITED

Jose Smith

Costa Farms

JOSH SNIVELY

FLORIDA CHEMICAL

Leslie Sturmer

University of Florida IFAS

JENNIFER TAYLOR

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY