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 previously raised hay, cattle and meat goats; but
now concentrate on our yorkies
We moved to the country from Winter Haven 20+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 Ambient Healthcare
as their Director of Nursing. 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 Lockeed
Martin, 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, Mattie Mae,
April Marie, Lillie Belle, Jessie's Girl and Jewel. 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! Then we can't forget Dolce and Precious, both daughters of
Tonka's. Dolce has a bad knee but has won Tal's heart and and
Precious (at only 2 lbs ) was just too darn cute to sell! They both
now resides with us as pampered pets!
We are involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation as Diane's sister and nephew are both Juvenile
Diabetics. We have donated two yorkie pups to JDRF Galas that
were "auctioned" to raise funds for JDRF research. Daisy's pup,
Titan, raised $4600 for Juvenile Diabetes! He now resides in a
wonderful home in Colorado. The female pup was April's puppy,
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 raised $3500 and the entire 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 1 Million Dollars!
In 2010 and 2011 I also rode (along with my sister AJ) for
MS -A total of 100 miles.
2013-It was time to ride again! 100 mile ride in September-in the
hills of Nashville to again benefit Juvenile Diabetes!
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