Young men are spreading and shoveling piles of mulch on the raised beds on a pleasantly warm February afternoon. At the other end of the garden, a manager peers through the greenhouse at beds of collard greens. Juxtaposed against the cracked concrete sidewalks, with its benches and plywood posters, the Ruth L. Bennett Community Farm in the struggling city of Chester’s West End, the farm might seem as incongruous as the February warmth.
Two Chester Housing Authority police officers – William Cooper and Wesley Seitz – have been honored with awards from the Trauma Survivors Foundation in Wilmington. The honor stems from a high speed chase last year in Chester that ended at a CHA property.
Two Chester Housing Authority police officers – William Cooper and Wesley Seitz – have been honored with awards from the Trauma Survivors Foundation in Wilmington. The honor stems from a high speed chase last year in Chester that ended at a CHA property. Chester City Police Captain Alan Davis was badly injured in the shootout that ensued. The CHA officers helped bring the incident to an end.
Come springtime the Fare & Square in Chester will begin selling locally grown fruits and vegetables that were grown at the Ruth L. Bennett Homes Community Garden thanks to a new partnership announced last week. “Where will you run into a housing authority that supplies a grocery store,” said Steve Fischer, the executive director of the CHA.
The Chester Housing Authority and Fare & Square, the city’s only full-service grocery store, have partnered to make fruits and vegetables grown at CHA’s community farm available to Chester. “The plan from the outset was to expand but the partnership with Fare & Square will yield revenue that will allow us to sustain the farm and to continue to offer it as an important educational resource to the community shoppers,” said CHA Executive Director Steven A. Fischer. The first products will be available this spring.