I was born and raised in Palm Beach County. And my family has been farming continuously here since the 1930s.
I would like to set the record straight about false accusations made by opponents of the GL Homes’ plan for building in the Agricultural Reserve.
Local opponents are making claims that one acre of farmland in the Ag Reserve, near western Boynton Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach, is somehow more valuable than saving four acres of farmland only 20 miles away.
These claims are intentionally misleading.
As a lifelong local farmer, I understand that saving more than four times the amount of land just 20 miles away is a much better idea. That is what GL Homes is trying to do.
GL Homes is proposing to save nearly 5,000 acres of farmland and build homes on only 1,250 acres of land that they already own in the Ag Reserve — which is on or near major existing roadways.
In the past, my family grew food on land in the Ag Reserve and we currently grow crops on land at Indian Trail Grove in The Acreage. The soil in both locations is very similar. The drainage in both locations is nearly identical, and the temperature in both varies by only a degree or two.
While the Ag Reserve is a patchwork of good farms, it’s also home to numerous gated communities and many of the fragmented farms are surrounded by growth. If the citizens of Palm Beach County are genuinely concerned about preserving local farmers, they should support the GL Homes Agricultural Preservation Plan.
Unlike the Ag Reserve, where farms are surrounded by development, Indian Trail Grove has 5,000 acres of uninterrupted farmland, which is vitally important to local growers.
Hundley Farms strongly supports the proposal being brought forward by GL Homes.