Farming never quite panned out in the Big Cypress.
Partly because the economics never quite worked out.
|Sugar cane in the Everglades|
Agricultural Area (EAA)
as seen along Route 80
|Sod farm in the EAA|
On the other hand,
Farming took off on the Sawgrass Plain south of the lake thanks to its rich peat. About the same size as the Big Cypress, the vast expanse of sawgrass is a sea of sugarcane (and sod) today.
The swamp can thank its lucky stars its soils weren’t right.