Ozark Fisheries
Field Trip May 17, 2008

Our sincere thanks to Pam Jokerst for an outstanding field trip! The weather was picture perfect for the thirty-eight people touring the Ozark Fisheries facility Saturday. After a sneak preview at the fish in the viewing tanks, we gathered to hear Jana Cleveland tell the history of the farm and the processes involved in raising, sorting and shipping all the various things they sell. Then everyone went out to choose their own special fish from the thousands available, enjoy a Heavenly Ham lunch, and watch as each purchase was packaged, oxygenated, boxed and loaded onto the bus. After a final stop to see the water gushing from one of the artesian springs, we headed back to St. Louis and loaded our treasures into our cars.

Sneak previews
Hearing about the history
Trying to decide
Catching the right ones
Watching the packaging process
A little socializing
Steve Metzler loading our purchases...
...into the bus
Two nice koi
Iva, who's worked there more than 10 years, and the Cleveland family members helping us
A few of the 300+ ponds where the fish are raised
One of the artesian springs that feeds all the mud ponds by gravity
Hearing how the system works
More of the group
Time to head back!
Loading our treasures for the final
trip home