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PineShine Farms offering 'fresh beef' and more

June 27, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

About 4 miles south of the 4-corners intersection, islanders may have noticed a sign: "FRESH BEEF." Local farmer Tom Scannell has entered a new venture, making 100 percent grass-fed beef, and pasture raised poultry providing eggs, available to Pine Island.

Scannell, originally from Milwaukee, Wis., received his degree in agriculture from the University of Wisconsin Madison before working on the family farms in the Mississippi Delta.

"My family has been farming in the Mississippi Delta since the Civil War," Scannell said. "I spent many summers there, I fell in love with the life. I spent 15 years there after I graduated from college working in cotton, rice, corn and soybean production."

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A PineShine Farms cow peers at the camera.


Scannell purchased his own farm in Boynton Beach, Fla., to start a bougainvillea nursery. The business became the largest bougainvillea grower in the country for the next 18 years.

Scannell was looking for a third location to grow bougainvillea when he happened onto Pine Island.

"I sold that business and transitioned, I call it 'pivoted,' into the fertilizer business" Scannell said. "I saw a need and a want for commercial, professional grade fertilizer for the homeowner. That's primarily what we do now but I've found a new passion. This Pine Island farm has become a grass-fed, grass-finished, pasture-raised beef and egg facility."

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Scannell's 102-acre farm sits on the west side of Stringfellow Road. The name PineShine is a combination of Pine Island and Sunshine.

"The farm that I purchased on Pine Island was originally citrus but about a year after I bought the property the trees were hit with the canker and the state bulldozed everything," Scannell said.

According to Wikipedia, citrus canker is a disease affecting citrus species caused by a bacterium. Infection causes lesions on the leaves, stems, and fruit and while not harmful to humans, canker makes the fruit too unsightly to be sold.

"Once everything was bulldozed, we converted to bougainvillea and vegetables, Scannell said. "That's when we opened the vegetable stand. Unfortunately we closed that a couple of years ago.

"I became a health nut guy about 5 years ago," Scannell said. "It wasn't an illness or anything like that but probably just age (He is 56). My mantra has become something Hippocrates said - 'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.' I also joined the Weston Price Foundation."

Weston A. Price is a non-profit charity founded in 1999. Its mission is to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston A. Price.

"Dr. Price studied non-industrial people and determined how much healthier they are," Scannell said. "These native people have perfect teeth, no jaw issues and are overall much healthier than people in industrialized nations. They don't suffer from ADD, autism, diabetes, Crones disease or even allergies.

"I just became extremely passionate about food," Scannell said. "Being a farmer, being a chemistry and soil science major, I understood the papers I was reading from the Price Foundation and it changed everything for me. I asked myself, 'How can I follow my heart and possibly make a living out of it?'"

The answer was PineShine Farms. Scannell started with grass-fed, grass-finished beef.

"Grass-fed beef is better for because of what I call the four 'G's'," Scannell said. "It's good for you, it's good for the environment, it's good for the community and it's good for the animals.

"We do everything humanely," Scannell said. "The cows are humanely raised with no antibiotics and no added hormones. The question we have to ask ourselves is, 'Do you want to eat meat from a cow that was fed corn for its last six months, living on low grade antibiotics, living in a lot with fecal material, that has steady low grade pneumonia and full of growth hormones?'"

PineShine Farms has beef, broiler chickens and farm fresh eggs for sale.

"We're understaffed right now so people can just honk their horn at the gate," Scannell said. "We're also offering free island delivery to anyone on the island."

Pine Shine Farms is located at 7401 Stringfellow Road, St .James City, FL, 33956. You can contact the farm by calling 561-374-9216, via email at or online at



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