Acorn Land – Agricultural Classification
In 2012, Acorn Land applied for agricultural classification as new type of energy farm selling agricultural fuels. This type of farm provides a non-fossil fuel energy resource contributing to the reduction of global warming and new revenue source for farms.
The property appraiser made the determination that since the product was not actually produced on-site the classification could not be granted. The Special Master, however, made the determination in her decision that this was not the case. The Special Master determined that the product was arguably an agricultural product, and as per the holding in Robbins v. Racetrack Training Center, it was not necessary to produce an agricultural product on-site. It was at this point, however, that the Special Master was mistaken in her determination that no special care is done to the land, or is necessary to be done to the land. Apparently, unbeknownst to the Special Master, like Robbins Racetrack, this land went through full commercial review, and had significant and special ongoing care required. It has required fire lanes, a fire safety plan, six foot chain link fencing, landscaping, handicap access, accel-decel lanes, a fire hydrant, a modular office, a heavy equipment requirement, closed circuit camera, and height limitations. These facts are moot to the fact that in the testimony of the property appraiser, it was indicated if goats or some other accepted form of agricultural were placed on the property the agricultural classification would be granted.
Acorn Land has now become a state licensed and inspected apiary. Apiaries are clearly afforded the right to agricultural classification under FS 823.14 (Right to Farm Act), FS 193.461, and FS 586.10 (Apiary Protections Statute).
The property appraiser has reneged on his word at a previous VAB hearing, and clearly erred with his refusal to grant the classification.
- Apiary Registration Certificate through 03-2015:
- Sunbiz Registration – Raw Local Honey:
- Apiary Photographs:
- Apiary Inspection, pgs. 1 & 2 – September, 2014:
- Profit or Loss from Farming 2013:
- OC Fire Marshall Letter of Compliance 2014:
- Honey Receipts – 2014 :
Honey Receipts 2014 – all
- VAB Decision 2012 – Special Master J. Ewertz:
VAB Decision – 2012-10-26 – Special Master – Joy Ewertz
- OC Agricultural Classification 2014 – original application + supporting documents:
(Including Cover Letter, Hard Copy Application, Supplement – DR482, Beekeeper Registered Affiliates, Business Plan re: honey, Acorn Land / Agricultural Fuels Corp. Lease Agreement, Local Business Tax Receipt)
OC Ag Classification 2014 – original application + supporting docs
- Local Business Tax Receipt through 09-2015 – Agricultural Fuels Corp: