Imagine a childhood filled with alligators, rattlesnakes and mosquitoes as thick as clouds. Now imagine cowboys, farmworkers, tractors and rows upon rows of watermelons, cucumbers and acorn squash. Nestled in the northern half of Southwest Florida in the early 1900’s EV Babcock purchased 156,000 acres that would become the Babcock Ranch. This ranch is front and center in the news in the fight to preserve Florida’s natural wilderness.
“Living and Farming on the Babcock Ranch, Florida’s Last Frontier” is Ron Newsom’s childhood story. His father and uncle worked beside EV Babcock’s son on the ranch in the 1960’s who brought along their families to help. Ron tells his story in pictures and words of a childhood spent working the fields, swimming in watering holes, and sitting on fence rails watching cattle being branded. This book gives us a glimpse of life few have experienced in Florida. It’s a little wild wild west meets Florida Cracker Cowboy.