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The Bethel Farms founder, Walter H. Bethel is offered a decision by his father, go to college or build a chicken coop. This is the beginning of his small poultry business in Arcadia, Florida. Over the next 35 years, Bethel Farms grew to include cattle, citrus, nursery plants, fertilizer products, sod, and grass plugs.
Automation is introduced into the egg operation to efficiently keep up with demand in the market.
Walter Bethel and local businessman, Jim Myers form DeSoto Sod to harvest and distribute Bahia grass to meet local market needs.
Bethel uses existing relationships with Winn Dixie grocers to sell grass plugs in retail stores along with K-Mart and Walmart.
Starting Superior Egg Farm with the Cargill company takes the egg operation to the next level, enabling Bethel to supply more stores with more eggs.
Superior Feed Mill is started to support the egg operation, in addition to servicing other local egg suppliers, cattle businesses, and locals with pets.
Bethel begins a partnership with Sod Solutions, becoming one of the industry’s first adopters of Palmetto™ St. Augustine, and one of the industry’s first proprietary grass.
Bethel Farms Ltd. is formed as Walter’s children Walt, Pam, and Kim take ownership of the business, continuing the legacy with expansion.
Expansion calls for a new corporate headquarters to be built on the farm, keeping ownership closer to daily business activities.
Bethel Farms was named one of the “Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Florida” with grass plugs hitting record sales of 19 million plugs. New markets are opened in South Carolina and Georgia, moving plugs into retail locations like Ace Hardware and Scotty’s.
Bethel Farms introduces its first line of fertilizer products.
Bethel Farms introduces Precision Agriculture practices to increase efficiency by conserving water and reducing the use of fertilizers. Diversifying, the farm plants its first citrus grove with 200 acres of Valencia and Hamlins.
The farm’s last eggs are produced, and the poultry business closes after 40 years in the industry.
Expanding into Georgia, Bethel purchases a 200-acre sod farm for future sales and development in big box stores.
Bethel Farms sod deliveries expand into all southeastern states with Lowe’s and Home Depot.
Hurricane Charley hits Bethel Farms, causing unprecedented damage, but the team quickly recovers and continues expansion.
Kim and Will Nugent take on full ownership of Bethel Farms and continue to grow the business on the East Coast of Florida with a new farm in Fort Pierce to keep up with industry demand. Servicing retail and the home building boom, the Newton, Georgia farm is started.
To keep up with demand from big box stores, independent nurseries, and homebuilders, Bethel Farms expands into Texas with an 800-acre sod farm. Bethel Farms realizes industry needs and develops the first Sod Shield™, designed to protect and enhance sod during and after delivery. Bethel farms owner Will Nugent is elected President of the Florida Sod Growers Cooperative and serves 2 terms.
Bethel Farms celebrated 50 years in business and becomes the largest sod supplier to major U.S. home improvement stores.
To better serve the golf and sports industry, Bethel breaks ground on the new 500-acre County Line sod farm.
The Harmony Brand is born, expanding sod into national distribution in Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Walmart.
After years of research and development, Bethel introduces its first proprietary grasses, Bimini®, and Imperial™, both Bermudas that will better serve the golf industry. Harmony merges and expands to the entire nation.
To keep up with Florida demand, Bethel Farms expands production in Hardee and Manatee counties and invests in its first automatic sod harvester. Will Nugent is elected president of Turfgrass Producers International and serves a 1-year term.
To prepare for ProVista™ expansion, Bethel breaks ground on the 300-acre Hog Bay farm to keep up with market demand.
Bethel Farms celebrates its 60th Anniversary. Its first proprietary turf, Bimini® Bermudagrass is certified. A new relationship with John Deere working on the corporate farm testing mow equipment is started.