We invite you to be a part of Good Food Projects sustainable gardening community that supports a healthy Cenla! Because a Happy Life is a Healthy Life!

Come Help Good Food Project Celebrate its Second Annual Savor the Season Garden Party on Thursday, October 4, at 6:30 PM

Enjoy a magical evening of great local food, beverages, and entertainment. Get your tickets for Good Food Project's Premier Fundraising Event to be held in the GFP demonstration garden! Tickets available a www.e ventbrite.com

Some of the local vendors who will offer their delicious food are: Custom Cakes by Lisa, Diamond Grill, Embers, Good People Kitchen, Huckleberry Brewing, Jacks Drinks, Kitty's Catering, Southern Creations Catering, and Spirits Friends and Family, the Hoochie Digs will provide musical entertainment and Mark Klein of KALB TV 5 will emcee.

Don't miss this chance to help give children an opportunity to learn an important life-long skill - learning to grow their own food! Currently, there are over 17,000 students impacted by school gardens across the eleven parishes served by the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.

If you or someone you know might be interested in making a donation to Good Food Project of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana to keep the program sustainable, check out the donations page of the GFP website: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/foodbankofcentrallouisiana

A Louisiana College Freshman gives a day of service at the Food Bank of Cenla
  • Beans, Snap, Bush, Pole, Lima
  • Beets
  • Broccoli Seed
  • Brussels Sprouts Seed
  • Bunching Onions
  • Cabbage Seed
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower Seed
  • Collards
  • Chinese Cabbage Seed
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant (Plants)
  • Kale Seed
  • Kohlrabi Seed
  • Mustard Greens
  • Peas, Southern
  • Pepper, Bell, Banana, Hot (Plants)
  • Pumpkin (Seed)
  • Rutabaga Seed
  • Shallots
  • Summer Squash
  • Sunflowers
  • Tomatoes (Plants)
  • Turnip Greens
Good Will Industries Behavioral Health participants volunteered at the Good Food Project demonstration garden this month
What Can I Plant this Month and Next Month?
  • Beans, Snap, Bush, Pole, Lima
  • Beets
  • Broccoli (Seed, Plants)
  • Brussels Sprouts (Seeds)
  • Bunching Onions (Sets)
  • Cabbage (Seed, Plants)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower (Seed, Plants)
  • Chard, Swiss (Seed)
  • Chinese Cabbage (Seed, Plants)
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale (Seed)
  • Kohlrabi (Seed)
  • Lettuce (Seed)
  • Mustard Greens
  • Onion, Leek (Seed)
  • Peas, English
  • Pepper, Bell, Banana & Hot (Plants)
  • Potatoes (Irish)
  • Pumpkin (Seed)
  • Radish (Seed)
  • Rutabaga (Seeds)
  • Shallots (Sets)
  • Summer Squash
  • Sunflowers
  • Tomatoes (Plants)
  • Turnip Greens

A Young Volunteer from Good Will Behavioral Health volunteers at the demonstration garden on Work Day Wednesday

Good Food Project Rec ipe of the Month -
Family-Friendly Pizza Snacks
Pineville Youth Center garden club kids enjoy this fun snack!

  • 2 whole wheat or whole grain English muffins, sliced
  • 1/4 cup no salt tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup diced bell pepper – use red, green, and yellow so you can “eat your colors”
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or 4-5 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
Place pizzas on a toaster oven pan lined with foil, broil pizzas until cheese is melted.
Alternate method: Preheat conventional oven to 375 F. Place English muffins on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Top with tomato sauce, bell pepper, spinach, olives, and basil. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 12-15 minutes until cheese is melted. 

Note Worthy News from GFP
Each August, Louisiana College Freshmen give a day of service to the Cenla Community. As they have done for the past several years, this group of young people assisted with several projects at the Food Bank of Cenla like filling back packs and senior boxes and weeding the edible landscape at the Client Services building. We are grateful for their continuing support!
Make New Friends by becoming a Good Food Project Volunteer !
If you or your group is interested in volunteering for Work Day Wednesday or at one of our partner gardens, please contact us at Good Food Project 318-445-2773 of The Food Bank of Central Louisiana.
August Scenes and Tips From Around Cenla
Good Food Project began a new partnership this month with the Winn Parish LSUAg Center. " The LSU AgCenter’s mission is to provide the people of Louisiana with research-based educational information that will improve their lives and economic well-being. The LSU AgCenter includes the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, which conducts agricultural-based research, and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, which extends the knowledge derived from research to the people of the state. The LSU AgCenter plays an integral role in supporting agricultural industries, enhancing the environment, and improving the quality of life through its  4-H youth , family and consumer sciences, and community development programs."
Under the leadership of Walter D. Moon, Jr., County Agent, and Shannan L. Chevalier, Extension Assistant - Nutrition Education Agent, GFP has partnered to add raised bed school gardens at Atlanta High, Winn Kindergarten, Winn Middle, and Winn Primary. Each school will have a teacher sponsor and will work closely with the LSU AgCenter and GFP. Winn LSU AgCenter will install traditional row-style gardens so that a "compare and contrast' experience can occur between conventional and organic gardening styles. Children from PreK - Middle school will benefit from experiential learning opportunities while growing food for themselves and others in the community.
Above: A Monday morning work day to install the raised bed garden at Winn Kindergarten school. Winn Middle School students helped fill the beds with soil and then PreK students planted mustard greens, green onions, carrots, radishes, lettuce, and marigolds.
Pictured right: A beautiful Queen butterfly made a surprising stop in the demonstration garden this month. This was a rare siting. The Queen is a cousin to the Monarch butterfly. It was delightful to see!
Sweet potato harvest at the demo garden with great volunteers!
When given the opportunity, children love to help harvest vegetables - even peppers!
Tip for the Month: Parsley worms, although beautiful caterpillars, will eat your parsley, celery, and even carrots right up! Should you leave it alone and sacrifice your food, or let it eat and eat until it becomes a black swallowtail butterfly? Planting two areas of crops susceptible to them may solve the dilemma of what to do about them.