Walking to work one morning, Arthur got an idea as he passed the beautiful and pristine meadow-like lot located at 5057 Waterman Boulevard—what a great place for a community garden. The lot had been vacant for almost 15 years, ever since the apartment buildings located on the property were destroyed by fire.
When approached, the owner of the land gavepermission to use this beautiful vacant lot to build a community garden; we in turn promisednot to open a car wash using thewater the ownerso generously provided. A partnership was formed that day with the property’s owner, built on trust to maintain theland with the highest respect at all times. Unique to our urban community farm is that all the vegetables and fruits go directly to food pantries—not even tastes for those who work and volunteer.
The Central West Farm broke ground on Earth Day in 2011. We Celebrated our four year anniversary this recent earth day, April 22, 2015. Over the four years, the farm has produced approximately 5,400 pounds of fresh organic vegetables and fruit, grown, harvested and delivered to the pantries weekly May through November. Over the course of this time the Central West End Farm has become an important fixture within the community.
Saturday morning is harvest day and special at the farm. Help begins to arrive after 7:30 am.; neighbors, families, STL Village members and many more. A plan for harvesting that morning is divided between farmers Nancy and Arthur. The harvest begins and the production for bagging begun. Depending on the time of season as much as 120 pounds of vegetables and fruits can be harvested in as little as 90 minutes.
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