Recently, I was invited to a ranch out west of town by a local pioneer family who asked to remain anonymous. It was an honor to be a guest and receive a private tour along with some history. I learned that the cattlemen in the area have their own culture and guidelines that has been past down to each generation. A cattlemen’s job is not easy and requires hard work and long days. But, to these modern day cowboys, it’s a way of life they love. Their children grow up watching and experiencing this cattle country way of life and they learn to love it and appreciate it. As, I was driven around the massive property, I felt like I was in another era. The beauty and peacefulness of the natural surroundings was captivating. This American treasure land that the Florida cattlemen own has to be protected and the cowboys know how to do it. I learned about the wildlife, the ecosystem and that the dedication and love for the land and animals these cattlemen have is enormous. Bud Adams said, “You cannot be in this business & go against natural forces“.

Before I left, I was given a movie/CD to watch called “Florida Crackers: The Cattlemen and Cowboys of Florida. This 87 minute production was really well done and highlighted some great insights and future challenges of todays cowboys. Below is a 15 minute version from this movie that I encourage everyone to watch. Enjoy….

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Plythe Freedman holds a MA in Youth Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is a mother of two. Her passion for small businesses and her community has been displayed through her many hours of volunteering and meeting with city officials to assist in promoting Fort Pierce. She is also a former board member of Grace Way Village, a non profit organization that helps clothe and feed disadvantaged children. She is a former member of the Chamber of Commerce and a former Royal Palms member. She served on the RDC advisory board at Suncoast Mental Health Center. And She was appointed by a City Commissioner to serve on the CRA Advisory Committee as the chair. She worked with Frontline For Kids as their public relations specialist and had her own column in the Lincoln Park Main Street Showcase. Plythe's goal is to promote Fort Pierce as a destination for families to visit, live, work and play.

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