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This is one of a
series of paintings
by Robert Butler
that depict
turn-of-the-century scenes from twelve
of Florida's major
agricultural industries.
Strawberry Patch
The commercial development of strawberries in the United States has come principally since the Civil War. Florida is the nations No. 2 producer of fresh strawberries, accounting for about 15 percent of the crop. Strawberries are produced on more than 5,000 acres in Hillsborough and Manatee counties, with about 200 acres devoted to the crop in Broward and Dade counties. The crop was valued at more than $160 million in 1998.


All narratives accompanying the paintings were written by Robert Butler.
All rights reserved by the artist.

bullet.gif (943 bytes) Cracker Cowman
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Golden Grove
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Equine Splendor
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Farmers' Harvest
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Fern Garden
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Timber Shadows
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Shipping Cotton
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Ocean Farming
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Strawberry Patch
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Sugar Harvest
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Tomato Garden
bullet.gif (943 bytes) Beekeeping in the Pines
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Strawberry Patch

This work depicts a scene that explores the beauty and serenity of a strawberry field nestled in a Florida woodland. What it cannot show is the pride and sense of accomplishment the owner experiences because of his contribution to the lineage of a delightful berry.

Many of the New World agricultural success stories have a beginning in diverse places. This is in part because of the tendency of man to explore his world, take the best of what he finds, then cultivate and manage the new-found resource to the benefit of his kind.

The modern strawberry as we know it is no exception. Its birth was assisted by enthusiastic explorers who collected wild plants from two continents (North and South America) and took them to Europe. Painstakingly, the two were merged into what we know as the modern strawberry. This delectable delight has sparked the culinary creativity of many great chefs and moms the world over.

The strawberry seems to love warm, sunny climates, and is at home particularly here in Florida, where it has become a powerful economic force under the tutelage of modern agri-farming technology.

Robert Butler 1999