Good Food Project Garden Newsletter August  2017 Sprout  
Back to School with School Gardening!


Teacher and Garden Sponsor, Akesheia Juneau's students at St. Joseph School Plaucheville in Avoyelles Parish install and plant their school garden 

 That summer break passed quickly!

Now that school has started back in the parishes served by the Good Food Project of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, we are starting to schedule fall garden installations and workdays. On August 21, 2017, with the help of 9th - 12th grade students and garden sponsor, Akesheia Juneau from St. Joseph School in Plaucheville, GFP installed a new school garden that will benefit the whole school.

GFP would like to acknowledge another new partnership - The Central Louisiana Herb Society. At their August 12th meeting, members voted to assist GFP with school garden installations by donating $600 toward that effort. St. Joseph was the first on the waiting list, with two more schools to follow. Their support helps Good Food Project teach young people about sustainable gardening methods.

Many studies have shown that engaging children in gardening helps them make discoveries about the natural world that surrounds them, including protecting the environment, the soil, and ecosystems. GFP's long-time school garden partner, the Rapides Soil and Water Conservation District that promotes soil and water conservation practices, has been committed to helping defray the cost of school garden installations in Rapides Parish.

School gardening gives kids an opportunity to care about their own well-being, the well-being of their families and the community they live in. Most importantly, it lets them know that they can have access to fresh, healthy food. Gardening helps young people learn how to do "real-life" problem solving while being involved in an activity that is rewarding and fulfilling.

 Won't you join us, and help plant a seed for the next generation?


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
Braised Sweet Potato Greens
Did you know?
  • Sweet potato greens are very popular in other parts of the world
  • Sweet potato greens have a softer texture and are less bitter than kale or Swiss chard
  • Sweet potato greens have 3 times more Vitamin B6, 5 times more Vitamin C, and almost 10 times more riboflavin than the actual sweet potatoes
 1 Large bunch sweet potato greens (about ½ pound) (Find them at your local Farmer's Market - Central LA - Inglewood Harvest Barn Market)
½ Small yellow onion, diced
1 Tsp. minced garlic
 2 Tbsp. .extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper (or your favorite seasoning - we recommend local - Mexicajun Seasoning) 
1. REMOVE sweet potato leaves from stems and set aside. Remove smaller stems from the larger, tougher stems. Discard the larger stems and roughly chop the smaller stems.
2. HEAT olive oil in medium-sized pan over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic - sauté until just softened, about 3 minutes.
3. ADD stem pieces and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
4. ADD leaves, salt and pepper or  use another favorite seasoning, Sauté until leaves are wilted, about 2 minutes. Serve. 


In August plant:

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

 In September plant:

  • Beans, (Bush-type Lima, Snap)
  • Beets
  • Broccoli (Seed, plants)
  • Brussels Sprouts (Seeds)
  • Bunching onions (Sets)
  • Cabbage (Seed)
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower (Seed, plants)
  • Chard, Swiss
  • Chinese Cabbage (Seed)
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Onion, Leek (Seeds)
  • Peas, English, Snap
  • Pepper,Bell (Plants)
  • Pepper, Hot (Plants)
  • Potatoes, Irish
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Shallots (Sets)
  • Turnips






LSUA Rugby Team and Louisiana College Freshmen giving a day of service to the Good Food Project and the Food Bank of Central Louisiana



Garden News

Announcing our inaugural fundraising event - Savor the Season Garden Party! We are excited to bring this enchanted evening to the demonstration garden. All proceeds will benefit the Good Food Project's model garden network which feeds, educates and connects Food Bank clients, children, and the broader Central Louisiana community. Won't you join us?

If you would like to be a sponsor for this event, please contact the Food Bank of Central Louisiana or if you would like to purchase a ticket at $25 per person, please go to Eventbrite.com


Want to help with fundraising events that benefit GFP? Please call Good Food Project to learn more about our programming, contact GFP at 318-445-2773 or GoodFoodProject@fbcenla.org 




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

Workday Wednesday

Join our community of gardeners at the Good Food Project of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana! Help us make a difference in Cenla! Join us any Wednesday at the Good Food Project demonstration garden at 3223 Baldwin Avenue  from 7:30-11:30 AM for WORKDAY WEDNESDAYSCome out and harvest with us and learn new things about gardening and make new friends! Or, if you are interested in volunteering at one of our off-site garden programs, please contact us at GoodFoodProject@fbcenla.org 

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


Workday Wednesday volunteers - Children and adults working side-by-side learning sustainable gardening practices!




Garden Tips:
The end of the month is proving to be tragic for the state of Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane Harvey dropping historic amounts of rainfall on Houston and southwestern and central Louisiana. Prepare to assess the damage that will most likely come to your garden after the storm. Waterlogged plants will be especially vulnerable to rot, mold, and mildew, with root systems weakened by wind and rain. We send our best wishes to everyone affected by this natural disaster.
Remnants of Hurricane Harvey cloud the skies over Good Food Project - August 2017
Volunteers of the Month - LSUA Rugby Team and La. College Freshmen 

  Teams of college students from LSUA and LA College gave service time to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana and Good Food Project this month


On August 16th the LSU-Alexandria Rugby Team came to GFP for a day of service. On Friday, the 18th, a group of 30 of the 150 incoming Louisiana College Freshmen who came to give a day of service to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana helped in the demonstration garden. We anticipate this yearly event and look forward to hosting these young people as they give back to the community.

The LSUA Rugby team, many of whom came last year for their annual service day seemed to feel right at home. They pitched in with muscle to dig a drainage ditch, haul gravel, spread pine straw mulch and stain the GFP office ramp. These polite young men completed the tasks assigned with good humor and a willingness to get the job done!

The Louisiana College freshmen hung lights for GFP's upcoming Savor the Season Garden Party, painted a pallet arch, spread pine straw mulch, harvested and processed vegetables, pulled weeds and grasses, and cleaned and prepped beds for fall garden planting. These students worked diligently in the heat and humidity. Many of them found much to smile at or laugh about as they fed the chickens and sorted food for Food Bank clients.

Our hearty thanks goes to both groups and many well-wishes for a successful semester!


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.