OUR STORY

Mission

Honoring God by serving our customers with excellence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork. 

Vision

To lead the sod industry through our continual investment in people, products and performance…We never quit.

Core Values

SAFETY, SERVICE, INTEGRITY, INNOVATION

 

Verse of the Day

1958

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.

1978

Automation is introduced into the egg operation to efficiently keep up with demand in the market.

1980

Walter Bethel and local businessman, Jim Myers form DeSoto Sod to harvest and distribute Bahia grass to meet local market needs.

1982

Bethel uses existing relationships with Winn Dixie grocers to sell grass plugs in retail stores along with K-Mart and Walmart.

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1984

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.

1987

Superior Feed Mill is started to support the egg operation, in addition to servicing other local egg suppliers, cattle businesses, and locals with pets.

1990

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.

1995

Bethel Farms Ltd. is formed as Walter’s children Walt, Pam, and Kim take ownership of the business, continuing the legacy with expansion.

1996

Expansion calls for a new corporate headquarters to be built on the farm, keeping ownership closer to daily business activities.

1997

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.

 

1998

Bethel Farms introduces its first line of fertilizer products.

1999

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.

2000

The farm’s last eggs are produced, and the poultry business closes after 40 years in the industry.

2001

Expanding into Georgia, Bethel purchases a 200-acre sod farm for future sales and development in big box stores.

2003

Bethel Farms sod deliveries expand into all southeastern states with Lowe’s and Home Depot.

2004

Hurricane Charley hits Bethel Farms, causing unprecedented damage, but the team quickly recovers and continues expansion.

2005

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.

2007

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.

2008

Bethel Farms celebrated 50 years in business and becomes the largest sod supplier to major U.S. home improvement stores.

2009

To better serve the golf and sports industry, Bethel breaks ground on the new 500-acre County Line sod farm.

2012

The Harmony Brand is born, expanding sod into national distribution in Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Walmart.

2014

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.

2016

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.

2017

To prepare for ProVista™ expansion, Bethel breaks ground on the 300-acre Hog Bay farm to keep up with market demand.

2018

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.

Arcadia

8780 NW Bethel Farms Road Arcadia, FL 34266

863-494-3057

Hog Bay

3400 SE County Road 760A Arcadia, FL 34266

863-873-2817

County Line

2999 SE Notts Dairy Road Arcadia, FL 34266

863-303-1827

Ft. Pierce

13631 Indrio Road Ft. Pierce, FL 34945

772-468-4905
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