Henrietta Bridge Farm opens this weekend after much planning and a collaboration with the city as West Palm Beach’s first urban farm. The gates open Saturday, Nov. 7, marking the beginning of the first year of full operation. A new crop of fresh, sustainably-grown produce such as squash, greens, tomatoes, and a variety of peppers will be for sale to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The 1.5-acre farm sits on land at 1400 Henrietta Bridge Avenue leased from the city – a lot that sat vacant for 12 years. Just minutes from City Place, it is light years away from the shopping mall in a community surrounded by lower-income residents.
“It’s been a long road, but we are making it happen and are very appreciative of the city’s support,” said Stewart Bosley, founder of Urban Growers, and former New Yorker who championed this cause for more than six years.
“We are going to be able to help feed this community fresh, healthy food, and in the process change lifelong habits that have contributed to serious health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, hyper-tension and obesity that exist in the low-income community.”
One of three farms planned
Henrietta Bridge Farm is the first of the Urban Growers Community Farms projects designed to provide fresh produce to communities that do not have access to a grocery store within a 2-mile radius. Urban Growers / Henrietta Bridge Farm Project’s focus is to eliminate at least one of Palm Beach County’s 27 food deserts by teaching low-cost farming techniques and bringing fresh food to areas comprised of low income and racial minority groups.
Its mission is to build a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to produce a sustainable food system.
To help with the festivities, Mayor Jeri Muoio and the city’s Office of Sustainability, will be on hand to give away 250 trees as part of the WPB Trees program, which plans to have 10,000 trees planted in 10 years. Residents can pick up a Live Oak, Dahoon Holly or Fire Bush tree in a 3-gallon pot to plant in their yard. The city’s landscape planner will also be available from 10 a.m. – noon to help residents choose the right plant, answer questions and provide planting and care handouts.
Refreshments, along with water and garden gadgets are free until they run out.
Henrietta Bridge Farm
- 1400 Henrietta Ave., West Palm Beach
- Grand opening, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 7, 2015. Fresh produce for sale; free trees to visitors, and refreshments served.