The Johnny Paul Family was selected by The Gulf County Cooperative Extension Service as Gulf County Farm Family of the Year. The honor ceremonies took place at the Annual Farm Bureau Dinner, Oct. 17 at the Honeyville Community Center. Family members are Johnny, Sherry (wife), Ashelyn (daughter), and Brandon (son).
The Paul Family are natives of Wewahitchka. Johnny one of present County Extension Director, Roy Lee Carter’s former Agricultural students at Wewahitchka High School, a graduate of the 1977 class. Sherry was an active member of 4-H, participating in the residential camping program, and a 1990 graduate of Wewahitchka High School.
Johnny is a prosperous local businessman, starting his first business in 1993, (D & J Pawn Shop). Since then he has expanded his business ventures to include agricultural feeds, seeds, and fertilizer products. Which are sought after by famers, gardeners and hobbyists. Sherry is a secretary for Gulf County Public Works.
Beekeeping qualified Johnny for this great honor. He started this venture in 2011 in which he keeps 40 plus hives at present. Johnny stated that Brandon’s interest in beekeeping will determine further future expansions in the business.
Beekeeping is a very diversified business that offers income from Honey Production, pollination of crops, Queen Bee Market and making increase from present hives (NUCS) and Marketing the New Hives. Johnny’s main interest is producing quality Tupelo Honey in which he markets through his local business.
The Gulf County Extension Service would like to thank the North Florida Fair, located in Tallahassee, for sponsoring this event and making this endeavor possible.
Gulf County’s Farm Family is among eighteen (18) Farm Families in North Florida from Escambia to Duval County receiving this special honor. The family will be honor at the North Florida Fair, a day of their choice Nov. 7-17 with free food and wrist bands for rides at the carnival.
Gulf County Extension Service appreciated Farm Bureau hosting this event as part of its annual meeting held each year