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447: August H. Butts

Posted By George Aguinaga, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

August H. Butts Garden
Chuck Puzoldt Park
16555 SW 157 avenue

 In the 1930s to 1940s during the great depression, a time of great economical strife for America, August H. Butts was of great assistance to the people of Palm Beach County. He and his wife gradually bought 3500 acres of land in Boca Raton and established Butts farm one of Florida’s largest truck farm until the 1960s when . The farm used 1600 acres for cultivation and hired between 400 and 900 farmworkers, depending on the season.  Many of the works were immigrants or and blacks from the Pearl City community but overall, the Butts farm was the biggest employer for Boca Raton a time when employment was scarce throughout the country. He also provided a church and small school and when the school house closed hired buses to take the children to another school and even had insurance to help pay for the burial of worker whose family couldn’t afford it.

I planted this Garden in Chuck Pezoldt Park because it was in a public area close to many small farms that I have seen hire works during Harvest seasons. I believe that as the small garden grows it will show as a statement to the great assistance August H. Butts has given to our state and will help inspire others of a similar mindset to prosper but not to forget their fellow man. Also to remind the residence of the area as well as many others as possible of all the importance and significance of farms and farmers to our history and economy.

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