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GARDEN 480 Marvin Umphrey "Red” Mounts

Posted By Jazmin Colon, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

3115 SW 52 Ave.
Pembroke Park, FL 33023
Raymond P. Oglesby Park 

Jazmin Colon

Panther Id 3520727

Artistic Expression

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Marvin Umphrey Mounts was born in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. In 1925 he graduated from the University of Florida and was hired to work as an assistant agricultural extension agent. Mounts Was Palm Beach County’s first assistant and was hired to educate farmers in modern farming methods and latest scientific research. Then, Mounts would educated and instruct young farmers to grow and eat fruits and vegetables that would improve their health. He also created a grass for cattle that tested soils to prove what fertilizers worked best for crops. I originally wanted to travel up to Palm Beach to find a park to plant a garden in since that is where Mounts is from. But because of the distance I chose a park that had many plants and gardens. In Pembroke Park, the grass is green and there are many plants and flowers already in the ground. I only received permission to plant the seeds given to me in class. I was able to plant those seeds in a field they have. Because Marvin Mounts taught the importance growing your own fruits and vegetables, I thought it would be a great idea to grow something of my own that I can eat. In my back yard, with the help of my father, we planted a culantro herb that we cook in our rice. (Puerto Ricans call it recao.) In the attached photo, you will see a picture of the culatro plant. I really enjoyed planting the recao plant because it is a family tradition. My grandma used to grow these plants in her own backyard when she was learning how to cook. Learning about Mr. Mounts really hit home for me because it sparked an idea to learn how to plant my own food.  

Image of Mounts provided by © 2014 Cox Media Group.

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