WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — At Henrietta Avenue and 13th Street, you can find murals of Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver and President Barack Obama, to name a few. But the 1 1/2-acre stretch of land has a larger purpose. It’s home to the first Urban Growers Community Farm in the city of West Palm Beach. Stewart Bosley is executive director of the nonprofit organization. He was born and raised in New York City. Bosley said while growing up, he spent summers in Ohio and learned how to grow food on the farms of his African-American and Native American relatives. He later served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the mid-1960’s. The Vietnam veteran said when he moved to West Palm Beach 10 years ago, he saw a void in the mostly lower-income Pleasant City, Coleman Park and Historic Northwest neighborhoods. "Folks who live around this area have to go 2 1/2 miles in any direction to get fresh produce." Bosley said the three communities are considered "food deserts." It’s defined as urban areas where it’s difficult to purchase affordable fresh foods. Bosley said he began working with the city of West Palm Beach to get site control of […]


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