Commissioner Adam H. Putnam


Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Commissioner's Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

2010 Winner

Arapaho Citrus Management
Fort Pierce, Florida

Involved in citrus production all of his life, Pete Spyke started Arapaho Citrus Management, Inc., in 1986 specializing in grove management, tree planting and irrigation installation. 

Florida’s citrus industry continually faces serious challenges and Spyke has sought solutions on all fronts.  After citrus greening was found, Spyke traveled to South Africa to see how producers were combating it and within six months he was using the same principles. 

He has long been on the cutting edge of developing methods to conserve resources and protect the environment while increasing fruit yield and quality.  He was the first grower in Florida to use the open hydroponic system that causes citrus trees to produce earlier and faster. 

Spyke serves on numerous boards and committees where his talents as grower, scientist and land-use planner have offered a unique perspective.  He chaired the committee that drafted the Indian River Citrus Best Management Practices manual to improve water quality in the Indian River Lagoon.  While on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Spyke chaired the Strategic Policy Plan Development Committee that developed an internationally acclaimed plan for sustainable development policies. 

He helped develop St. Lucie County’s Towns, Villages and Countryside Plan that integrates agricultural land use and new communities, providing a model for development in Florida. -- 2010

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