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Good Food Project Garden Newsletter
 August 2016 Sprout  
 
Preparing Your Fall Garden
Louisiana College Freshmen helping GFP staff prepare beds for fall crops
 Those summer crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers are starting to fade (or faded completely away in July's intense heat!). Those that did manage to hang on may not be producing like they did in the spring. If they are not diseased, pull them to add to your compost pile or bin.
 New crops of heat-tolerant tomatoes, summer squash, and cucumbers can be planted during August. Just remember to get those new crops planted quickly because it won't be long until the days are shorter with less available full sun. Check the growing times of the vegetable to compare to the date for first frost in your area (Central Louisiana - November 11-20).
 August and September are important months to plant fall and winter crops. As the fall approaches, the days will be shorter and hopefully, cooler. Some of the great cool weather crops that can be planted in August and September are: August - broccoli (one of the best fall crops), cabbage, collards, Swiss chard, green onions, mustard greens, and turnips. September - arugula, carrots, endive, escarole, leafy lettuce, parsley, cilantro, kale, onion seed, and spinach.
Some Fall Garden Prep Tips:
  • For a new garden - choose a good site
  • All vegetables yield best with full sun - 6-8 hours of direct sunlight
  • Prepare garden beds by clearing out all old crops and weeds
  • Turn the soil with a shovel or tiller to a depth of at least 8"
  • Add a 2-4" layer of fresh compost (organic matter) that is worked into existing soil
  • A well-prepared bed helps improve drainage, retains moister better and helps plants send roots further down so they become strong and healthy
  • Use an organic fertilizer like composted chicken manure, sea kelp, rabbit manure, or best of all worm castings or worm teas
  • Make rows about 8" high and 8-12" deep
  • Water direct seeded beds lightly and check them frequently during the first week.  

To learn more about sustainable gardening methods, please contact Good Food Project or stop by for free information!  

 
For information about partnering with the Good Food Project, or for other GFP program opportunities, contact the Good Food Project staff at 318.445.2773 or via email: fboudreaux@fbcenla.org, or cbaker@fbcenla.org,  and on the web: www.goodfoodprojectcenla.org    
Recipe of the Month
A Good Food Project Favorite - Tomato, Basil, Feta Cheese Salad
Did you know?
  • Tomatoes have a wealth of nutrients and vitamins - Vitamins A, C, K, B6, folate, thiamin, and potassium
  • Basil has flavonoids that protect at the cellular level an provides protection against unwanted bacterial growth
  • Avocados have more potassium than bananas and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids
  • Feta cheese is made with goat or sheep's milk and has a bold and tangy taste, but keep it's consumption as an occasional treat because it has a high content of fat and sodium 
3-4 Roma tomatoes   
(Roma tomatoes have less juice than other tomatoes which keeps this dish from becoming too soupy)
1 Large Avocado
3 Fresh Basil Leaves
Feta Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
  To Prepare:
Chop tomatoes and Avocado into large chunks
Finely chop Basil leaves
Lightly mix first 3 ingredients
Add salt and pepper to taste
Sprinkle with Feta Cheese and lightly toss


 

 

 

 

 

In August plant:

  • Beans (Snap, Bush, Pole, Lima)
  • Beets
  • Broccoli (Seed)
  • Brussels sprouts (seeds)
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupes
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard, Swiss
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Peanuts
  • Peas, Southern
  • Pepper, Hot (Plants)
  • Pepper, Bell (Plants)
  • Potatoes, Irish
  • Pumpkin
  • Rutabagas
  • Shallots
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes (Plants)
  • Turnips
  • Watermelons

                        

 

 

In September plant:

  • Beans (Bush, Lima, Snap)
  • Beets
  • Broccoli (Seed)
  • Brussels sprouts (seeds)
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard, Swiss
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Collards 
  • Cucumbers
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Onion, Leek (Seed)
  • Peas, English
  • Plants)
  • Pepper, Bell (Plants)
  • Potatoes, Irish
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Shallots
  • Turnips

 

  

 

 

Newly emerging broccoli  plant started from seed at GFP demonstration garden

Garden News

As part of their giving in the central Louisiana area, Woodmen of the World Lodge 1180 presented a $500 check to Good Food Project to help with our children's garden and nutrition programs. We sincerely thank them and their representatives, Carol Stepp and Liz Lindsay for their support of the program!

Frances Boudreaux and Dellen Ross of GFP receive the

Woodmen of the World Lodge 1180 generous donation from Carol Stepp and Liz Lindsay

 

Donna Capps, Development Manager for Good Food Project 

 

We said goodbye to our beloved Development Manager, Barbara Karz-Wagman, in June. She and her husband, Harley relocated to Greenville, North Carolina. All of us at the Food Bank and Good Food Project extend our best wishes to them in their new home. This month we welcomed aboard Donna Capps as the new Development Manager of the Good Food Project. We look forward to a long and successful association with Donna as part of the GFP-Food Bank team!

 

For more information about how your organization can partner with Good Food Project with a sustainable garden, contact us at goodfoodproject@fbcenla.org or call 318-445-2773 


Workday Wednesday

 

ADULTS and CHILDREN are  welcome  each Wednesday to the Good Food Project demonstration garden at 3223 Baldwin Avenue  from 7:30-11:30 AM for WORKDAY WEDNESDAYS! It's a fun day of learning and giving back  to the community. Join us as we  grow together!

If Wednesdays aren't good for you, call us to set up another volunteer day! 318-445-2773 

 

Workday Wednesday volunteers: LSUA student, Doran Brantley, Donna Swift, and LSUA student, Sean Wright

 

 

 

 
Garden Tip:
Spiders are a good thing to have in your garden! The only problem is...they eat everything, including the good bugs like this hapless dragon fly that came too close! This banana spider has made itself at home in the Good Food Project demonstration garden almost all summer.
 

Volunteers of the Month

LSU Alexandria and Louisiana College Students

 

Top photo: LSUA student volunteers - Bottom photo: Louisiana College Freshmen volunteers


 
 

It has become a welcome annual event for Good Food Project of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana to expect students of two of our local colleges in August to give

a day of service to the Food Bank and to GFP.

 

LSUA sends students to fulfill their "Day of Service" as a way to give back to the central Louisiana community. On August 17, a group of spirited young men, many of whom are on LSUA's rugby team, volunteered in the demonstration garden on a cloudy, extremely muggy morning. They graciously helped apply pine straw mulch in the demonstration garden and to pull weeds. GFP staff enjoyed meeting these great guys and appreciates their hard work!

 

On August 19, Louisiana College freshmen came as part of their annual community service project for the Food Bank and GFP. This year's theme was "Man vs. Wild" and what a wild morning it was!  This large group of young women and men made light work of rebuilding beds, moving bricks, and planting seeds on that humid morning! We greatly appreciated their enthusiasm and can do spirit!

To both groups: We salute your commitment to community service!

 

GFP welcomes  individual and organizational volunteers at our community gardens and at the Good Food Project on Wednesday mornings in the demonstration garden, 3223 Baldwin Avenue - Food Bank of Central Louisiana 71301 - 318-445-2773.

 

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