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Updated: 12/27/2017 03:24:27PM

Farming once held great promise for Venice

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY VENICE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

Watermelons grew to giant sizes at the early Venice farms.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY VENICE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

Farmers till the soil in an early Venice farm.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY VENICE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES
Dairy workers put bottles of milk into cases.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY VENICE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

Farmers deliver produce to the Produce Building and buyers collect it for their retail outlets.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY VENICE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES
There was a demonstration poultry farm in the Venice Farns area to show potential land buyers one of the things they could do to make money on their small farm site.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY VENICE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

The Manhattan Produce Exchange survived well into the 1930s to service Venice farms.

By LARRY R. HUMES

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The Venice area is known for its beautiful beaches and great quality of life.

A century ago, however, it also held promise of becoming one of the state’s leading agricultural centers.

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