There's something about growing fruit trees that makes you think about life in a special way. Unlike
other forms of agriculture, we may tend the same trees for a lifetime. It's easy to see when you're
doing the right thing, because the trees look good. Figuring out what the right things are, though, is
truly a life's work -- you never know enough, and learn something new every day. We are blessed
that we have the privilege of engaging in such an interesting lifestyle.
We are horticulturists. We grow fruit trees and manage them so that they produce the exceptional
quality citrus that can only be achieved in Florida. At the same time, we safeguard the environment.
Some of our specific accomplishments are:
BMP’s -- We have provided leadership in the development of “Best Management Practices” (BMP’s) to
sprayers, "Open Hydroponics".
Organic Production Practices -- In a select few of the groves we manage, we employ certified
organic production practices. We also apply these same practices to our conventional properties
since organic production relies on maintenance of functional, integrated natural systems.
IPM -- We employ Integrated Pest Management, which is a holistic approach to crop production that
relies on natural parasites and predators.
Water Conservation – We design, install, and manage irrigation systems on thousands of acres of
citrus. We have developed a highly intensive, technology-driven approach to irrigation that utilizes
automated irrigation system controllers and devices that monitor the weather and soil moisture
Land Use Innovations – We are providing leadership through the Indian River Citrus League’s Rural
Lands Committee to develop new ways to approach urban settlements in a rural countryside that
includes agriculture as a permanent, sustainable landscape component.
We believe that things can be done the right way, with due regard for the environmental
consequences, while producing a safe, delicious, and appealing product. Everything we do is
transparent – anyone can visit our groves at any time and see how we apply this philosophy. We
believe that we are on the cutting edge of development and deployment of many measures to
protect the environment while achieving economic viability.
We respect the land and assets of our grove care customers, the health of the consumers that enjoy
our products, the safety of our employees, and the quality of the environment. Ultimately, we just
think that it’s the right way to do things.
Pete and Cindy Spyke, owners
of Arapaho Citrus Management
and The Orange Shop, received
the 2006 Arapaho Citrus
Management and The
Conservationist of the Year
Award by the St. Lucie Soil and
Water Conservation District for
their efforts to develop
growing practices, and better
urban development practices.
Pete and Cindy Spyke, owners of ,
owners of Arapaho Citrus Management
and The Orange Shop, along with
partners Buddy & Robbie Johnson and
Lane Brown received the "CARES"
Award from Florida Farm Bureau for
exemplary application of Best
Management Practices to improve water
quality in the Indian River Lagoon.