KINGSWAY WEST – For many residents of north St. Louis, getting access to organic fruits and vegetables is a task that has become increasingly difficult. 

This is especially true in the Kingsway West neighborhood, where at least 33 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, according to a recent report published by Washington University. 

To combat the lack, Tyrean Lewis, 37, a native of Normandy and now a resident of north St. Louis, launched Heru’s Urban Farming and Growing in March 2018.

Lewis was inspired to name the garden after his African moniker, Heru Adeleke, which means “king” or “liberator.”

“It’s [not] a community garden, but the community is welcome,” Lewis said in an interview with

Lewis recalls that after making a trip to an area supermarket, he noticed that something wasn’t quite right in the produce section.

“I’m like, ‘These are [slim] pickings, it doesn’t look as beautiful and fresh,’” Lewis said.

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