Paying tribute to Florida’s hard-working dairy farmers and the animals in their care, Florida Dairy Farmers (FDF) have partnered to transform the T.G. Lee Dairy into a larger-than-life tribute to agriculture by means of a mural.
Located on a major highway and visible to tens of thousands of commuters each day, the T.G. Lee plant is a massive building and has been a landmark in the region for decades. T.G. Lee Dairy is a farmer-owned processing plant of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) in DeLand, Florida,
According to Meg Callahan, general manager for T.G. Lee Southeast Region, “For years we talked about doing something creative on this space. The acquisition of the facility by Dairy Farmers of America, coupled with the support of FDF, enabled us to finally transform our entire building into a marketing tool that helps us tell the story of the hard-working farmers that make our dairy products possible.”
The artist, Chris Jones and his team, were able to get up close and personal to their subjects. In order to get the best idea and imagery, the artist were able to visit a local dairy farm and interact with the dairy cows. From there, they went to work drawing and painting one of the most unique murals in Florida.
At more than 5,500 square feet, the iconic mural is the largest in Central Florida. “It really is a tribute to all of Florida’s dairy farmers and a reminder to residents that Florida’s true foundation lies in agriculture,” said Avery LeFils, senior manager of community relations for Florida Dairy Farmers. “We fully believe this will invoke a sense of pride in the community and build consumer appreciation for where our food comes from.”
T.G. Lee Dairy has been providing families with fresh, nutritious dairy products since 1925. Florida Dairy Farmers represents the hard-working dairy farm families in Florida that produce more than 300 million gallons of milk each year. Learn more on their website.