Strickland Farms is home to Talmadge and Diane Strickland. We are located on a 40 acre farm in the community of Oxford. (By The Villages) We are located about 20 miles south of Ocala and within an hour of Gainesville, Tampa and Orlando. We raise cattle and meat goats. We moved to the country from Winter Haven 18+years ago to raise our son, Travis, on a farm. We were very involved with 4H and Boy Scouts, spending countless days traveling to fairs with his Dairy Cows. When Travis entered college, we turned our full attention to raising our Yorkie pups.
Talmadge (Tal) is a retired Paramedic now taking care of the yorkies full time and Diane is an RN working at Trinity Care Solutions (formerly Franck's Pharmacy in Ocala (for 17+ years) as an IV nurse. Most of our spare time is spent caring for our "four-legged kids" but we do enjoy fishing together and taking cruises. We have a weekend home in the town of Suwannee where we enjoy fishing and airboating! Diane has taken up bicycle riding-mainly charity rides for Juvenile Diabetes, MS and other worthy causes.
The remaining members of our family are: Tal Jr and his wife Angie. They live in Las Vegas where they were formerly stationed in the Air Force. Angie is now working as a military contractor and Tal works on computers at Nellis Air Force Base -also as a military contractor. Toni, who works in law enforcment in Bartow; Lacey, who is a probation officer in Gainesville and mom to our grandson, Tucker; Travis, who works as a server at Carrabas and Red Lobster in WInter Haven and last but not least are our "four legged kids" who I will introduce in the next paragraph.
The Yorkies: Summer Louis is the Matriarch of our group, she is now retired, as are all 3 of her daughters, Autumn, April and Abigail. Autumn's daughter, Spring- is now also retired from breeding and becoming a therapy dog. Other retired and rehomed girls are Kahlua, Holly and Daisy. We currently have Pixie, Dixie, Glory Bee, and Jessie's Girl. Up and coming is Jewel, Kahlua's daughter, Maddie Mae, April Marie and our newest, Lillie Belle. Our AKC breeding males are Shadow and Tonka Toy. We have two neutered males as a mascot, Mr B. He is the son of April and our fishing buddy and Rocky! And we can't forget Dolce, a daughter of Tonka's who has won Tal's heart and now resides with us as a companion.
We are involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as Diane's sister and nephew are both Juvenile Diabetics. In 2008 we donated a male yorkie pup that was auctioned to raise funds for JDRF. Daisy's pup, Titan, raised $4600 for Juvenile Diabetes! He now resides in a wonderful home in Colorado. In 2009, we donated a female pup. It was April's pup. Her name is Julep (as in "Mint Julep") She raised another $4600 for Juvenile Diabetes research and now lives with a great family just outside Denver.
Juvenile Diabetes: Diane rode 105 miles on her bicycle in Death Valley October 2009 to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes. This was a group effort with her 4 sisters and other friends and family members. Our team name is Sisters On Bikes. I want to thank everyone that donated funds for the ride. I made my $3500 commitment and the ride raised almost $1,000,000 for JDRF!
In 2011 a team of 3 sisters (Diane, Lynn and AJ) and friends rode in LaCrosse Wisconsin-raising over $12,500 for JDRF! The entire ride raised over 1Million Dollars!
In 2010 and 2011 I also rode (along with my sister AJ) for MS -A total of 100 miles.
2013-Time to ride again! 100 mile ride in September-going to Nashville this time-to benefit Juvenile Diabetes! Contact me at 352-427-0979 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to my www.SistersOnBikes.com website for more info or to donate to my next ride!