About Conrad’s Frog Farm

In the 1950s my father, C. L. Allgood, Jr., acted on a long term idea he had been baking:  Going into the frog raising business.  He actually hired the people at Encylopedia (there was no internet, so you young people will have to look up that word) Britannica to investigate frog farming and write a report on it. I have the report.  It is hand typed on onion skin type paper and it is bound in a Britannica sleeve.  Very impressive.  I do not know how much he paid to have this research done for him.

But sadly for my Dad, the first line of the report says, “There has never been and example of a profitable frog farm business in the Unites States….”  And from there it goes onto to write about the failures of people that had tried, etc.  So that pretty much ended is action on that dream.

5o years later, we opened Wakoola Water Gardens, a water garden specialty nursery.  While building the ponds, my Dad and Mom would visit and one day it ocurred to me that Conrad finally got a frog farm.  So as a landscape element, we obtained an old truck and painted Conrad’s Frog Farm on side of it.

And now looking back, I probably should have written Encylopedia Britannica myself!

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