Meet the farmer – Carlos De Latorre

Carlos gave up a career in insurance and finance to follow his dream to farm.

He’s been following his dream for 10 years, growing SlimCado avocados in his South Florida backyard.

He didn’t think farming would be easy, but farming in the tropics has its challenges. His strategy? Be proactive.

Working with the research and development teams from Brooks Tropicals and the University of Florida, Carlos works to build the immunity system of his SlimCado trees.  “A healthy tree is the best combatant to disease and insects,” says Carlos.

Carlos with Greg Smith, CEO of Brooks Tropicals doing fruit testing

And in the tropics, there’s plenty of insects and diseases to deal with. For example, the Red Bay beetle is an insect that’s indigenous to Asia but has no known natural predator in the Western Hemisphere. First spotted in South Carolina, the insect has made its way down to South Florida. The beetle deposits fungus in red bay trees (avocado trees are in that family) and prevents water coming up from the roots.

On high alert, Carlos, Brooks Tropicals and the University of Florida have noted that the beetle will more likely strike trees with signs of stress. Carlos says, “Having a healthy SlimCado tree is the best protection.”

Fruit sample being tested

Carlos will continue his fight to protect his trees. We here at Brooks are proud to have him in our family of growers.