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About - History - Ted Winsberg

Ted Winsberg earned his Soil Science degrees from Cornell University, a B.S. in 1952 and an M.S. in 1953.

Fresh out of school, Ted and his wife Trudy moved to Florida in 1953 and in 1957 they purchased a 300 acre property near Boynton Beach, which became Green Cay Farms Inc.

Ted was primarily a pepper grower for over 40 years and is a long time Patron Member of the Florida State Horticultural Society. He received the Outstanding Vegetable Grower Award from the Society in 1998.

Ted Winsberg has been much more than a grower. He has participated in and supported research and sponsored and funded graduate students from the University of Florida to conduct their thesis and dissertation research at his farm. He has also been a staunch supporter of the Florida Extension Program, allowing Specialists and County Agents to conduct numerous trials on his farm over the years. Ted has been a leader among the south Florida vegetable growers. Among growers in southeast Florida it became a standard saying when a new technology came out: “Let Ted try it first to see how it works.”

In addition to his many agricultural accomplishments, Ted has actively pursued improving the living standards of farm workers in Florida. In 1978 Ted and Trudy bought and rehabbed what was then Salyers Labor Camp on Half Mile Road and with the help of their accountant (Ray Homrich) set up a non profit corporation they named In the Pines. The mission of In The Pines is to provide safe, clean and affordable housing combined with social services and support programs to enhance the quality of life for low income farm workers in Palm Beach County Florida. Through its two communities, In the Pines South and In the Pines North, In The Pines has improved the lives of hundreds of farm worker families.

Since retiring a few years ago, Ted has supported the development of a diversified and sustainable community supported agriculture (CSA) business at Green Cay Farms Inc.

As for the original 300 acre farm, Ted and Trudy generously sold 170 acres in 1997 to Palm Beach County for 1/3 of the appraised value with the stipulation that it be made into wetlands or kept as open space. The resulting wetlands is now known as the Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center.

And in 2003, the Winsbergs sold 43 acres below market value with the stipulation that the land be used to create affordable housing for teachers, police officers and other workers priced out of homeownership in one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation. The resulting community is now known as Green Cay Village.

Editorial Comment

What a wonderful story. A life well lived in honest labor and helping others, capped with exceptional generosity that allows us and future generations the opportunity to visit a world class wetlands preserve.

Thank you Ted and Trudy Winsberg, thank you!

Peter Schulz - Editor


Ted Winsberg

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