EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Mike Garavaglia walks through a field of young citrus trees on his family’s 2,500-acre farm in eastern Charlotte County and admires the scene. Like a doting father, he comments on how nicely his little trees are growing.
In just two years, they have stretched from seeds to several feet tall, and now are showing signs of strong, healthy limbs. If all goes well, in a few years the trees will reach maturity and will be teeming with juicy oranges and fat grapefruits, which will make their way to local supermarkets, or may get shipped to places as far away as Russia and Japan.
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