Wade Purvis of Purvis Farms in Immokalee has been named the 2023 Florida Farmer of the Year by the Florida Farm Bureau Federation.
Purvis Farms spans more than 2,000 acres planted in green beans, specialty beans, peas and watermelon.
Purvis was inspired by his grandfather to pursue agriculture and has been farming vegetables for more than 35 years in Collier County. His family farm is part of Farmers Alliance, a partnership of local farmers who harvest and distribute fresh produce year-round.
Purvis promotes sustainability on his farm through efficient farm practices using the latest precision Ag tools to improve soil health and reduce fertilizer use.
“Being named the Florida Farmer of the Year is truly and honor,” said Purvis. “I am looking forward to having a platform to bring awareness to the importance of supporting American Grown produce and reaching out to the consumer, who ultimately decides the future of the family farm.”
In addition to farming, Purvis is an active member in his community, serving on several county and advisory boards and is involved in Cowboy Church Ministries. His wife, Karen, and their two children, Kyle and Shayla, all work on the farm.
As the 2023 Florida Farmer of the Year, Purvis will compete for the Swisher Farmer of the Year at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., October 17-19. Ten states participate in the program: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.