Good Food Project Garden Newsletter October  2017 Sprout  
Savor the Season Garden Party - A Smashing Success!
The Good Food Project of The Food Bank of Central Louisiana would like to take this time to give special thanks to all those who helped make our first-ever Savor the Season Garden Party a smashing success! We sincerely thank the restaurants and chefs who provided a signature dish using ingredients from our community partner, Inglewood Farm and the Good Food Project: Good People Kitchen, Kitty's (Wynn) Catering, Quebedeaux's Boudin and Cracklins, Southern Creations Catering, Spir its Food and Friends, and Word of Mouth Café. Additionally, we thank Jack's Liquor, Beer and Wine, Custom Cakes by Lisa, and the Hoochie Digs for entertaining us.
 Special thanks go to our sponsors: Rapides Soil and Water Conservation District, Sheffield and Sheffield, Brian and Sandra Couvillion, The Pill Box- Joe Williams, Margie Winfrey, Amerigroup, Randy Wiggins State Farm, John Ward Interiors, Thomas Walhder Attorney at Law, CENLA Family Medicine, Losavio Law Office, and Amerihealth Caritas Louisiana.
We thank the following individuals and merchants for their generous donations for our silent auction items: Louisiana Athletic Club, Nichols Discount Store, Robbie G's Restaurant, The Garden Path, Kinder Showroom Décor, Georgia's Gift Shoppe, Janohn's Fine Dining, Plantation Treasures, Susan's Cottages, Wards Jewelry, TREE House Children's Museum, Mrs. Jessie Sutton, Mynette Camp, Frances Boudreaux, Kenneth Boudreaux, Lucky Stars Dance Studio, The Grand Movie Theater, Terra Homes, and Logan's Roadhouse.

 Good Food Project of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana especially thanks Mark Klein of KALB News Channel 5 for emceeing, and his lovely wife, Miranda, Melinda Martinez for her coverage with the Town Talk and Tia Powers for her donation of lovely photos of the evening. Of course, we could not have accomplished this without our dedicated volunteers and staff who worked especially hard to make this event a lovely and magical evening.

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 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
Apple-Cranberry-Oat Bran Bars
 Get your children or grandchildren involved with the making of this wholesome fall snack!
Did you know?
  • Oat bran has 50% more fiber and soluble fiber than oatmeal and that it helps lower cholesterol and aids in digestion
  • Apples supply important antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber 
  • Cranberries are a very good source of Vitamin C
1 ½ Cup oat bran
1 ½ Cup flour
1 ½ Tsp. baking powder
1 Tsp. cinnamon
½ Tsp. nutmeg
½ Cup brown sugar, packed
1 ½ Tsp. baking soda
½ Tsp. salt
1 Cup applesauce
1 Cup peeled and chopped Granny Smith apples
½ Cup dried cranberries
4 Tbsp. canola oil
2 eggs 
Preheat oven to 400°F - Spray cooking spray on a 13 X 9 baking pan. Blend together dry ingredients, add remaining ingredients. Mix until blended, spoon into greased pan, let stand 5 - 10 minutes. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars.


In October plant:

  • Beets
  • Broccoli (Plants)
  • Brussels Sprouts (Plants)
  • Cabbage (Seed, plants)
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower (Plants)
  • Celery (Seed or the end of a celery stalk)
  • Chard, Swiss
  • Chinese Cabbage (Plants)
  • Collards (Plants)
  • Endive
  • Garlic
  • Kale (Seeds, Plants)
  • Kohlrabi (Plants)
  • Lettuce (Seeds, Plants)
  • Mustard Greens
  • Onion, (Seeds or sets)
  • Peas, Green, Edible Pods, Sugar Snap, Snow
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

 In November plant:

  • Beet
  • Borage
  • Cabbage (Plants)
  • Carrot
  • Celery (Seed or the end of a celery stalk)
  • Chamomile
  • Chard, Swiss
  • Chervil
  • Chinese Cabbage (Plant)
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Collards (Plants)
  • Dill
  • Endive
  • Fennel
  • Feverfew
  • French Tarragon
  • Garlic

  • Garlic Chives

  • Kale (Seed, Plants)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lavender
  • Leek
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lettuce
  • Marjoram
  • Mexican Tarragon
  • Mints
  • Mustard Greens
  • Onion, Leek (Seeds or sets)
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Radishes
  • Rosemary
  • Rutabagas
  • Sage
  • Shallots (Sets)
  • Sorrell
  • Spinach
  • Thyme
  • Turnips






Children gain so much by being in a garden, whether it is as a volunteer, as an after school participant, or as part of a school garden program, they get hands-on experiences that will last them a life-time. This photo includes children at the GFP demonstration garden, Pineville Youth Center, Oberlin Elementary School, and Fairview Alpha Elementary School in Campti, LA. GFP partners with each of these youth garden sites.



Garden News


Want to help a school garden in your area? Please call Good Food Project to learn more about our sustainable school garden programming, contact GFP at 318-445-2773 or GoodFoodProject@fbcenla.org 


           School Gardens in Cenla - Growing Strong with Good Food Project!

School Garden Installation at Lessie Moore Elementary - Sponsor: Christy Parker 

    Rapides Parish schools: A fall workday at Martin Park Elementary - school sponsor: Laken Fountain and a new school garden installation at Nachman Elementary, school sponsor: Erica Adams 


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

Workday Wednesday

Come be a part of our community of gardeners at the Good Food Project of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana as we all learn together! 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 


Some more scenes of our Savor the Season Garden Party - made possible by sponsors, donors, volunteers and staff!




Garden Tips:
 Grub worms feed on the root systems of grasses and your vegetables. Birds or ducks feed on grubs and help control them, but aren't always good for the garden. You can order nematodes that will help control grub worms naturally. They can be ordered and will arrive on a sponge that is not visible with the naked eye. The sponge gets soaked in water that you place in a sprayer and spray over your soil. The nematodes eventually multiply and will control the grub worms over time; they are also good for keeping flea larvae under control.           
A large rhinoceros beetle grub found by volunteer, Jackie Duncan at the demonstration garden
Volunteers of the Month - Spirits Food and Friends Crew 
    Spirits: Food & Friends staff volunteering at GFP for Workday Wednesday

We, at the Good Food Project  of The Food Bank of Central Louisiana appreciate the support of local organizations and businesses that partner with our sustainable gardening program. Stand out volunteers this month were from one of those partners - Spirits: Food & Friends who would like to say: "At Spirits: Food & Friends, we see ourselves as part of a community--the Cenla community. It was true when our doors first opened in 1967, and we like to think that it rings even more true today! To that effect, we have launched the #SpiritsHomegrown campaign, which is our ongoing effort to be organized, generous, and diverse about the ways in which we give back to our community.

The Good Food Project was a perfect jumping-off point for our volunteer efforts. Any individual can volunteer to assist with the Good Food Project garden on Wednesdays, but you will catch the Spirits Homegrown crew there once per month, helping put a small dent in some larger projects that all further the mission of bringing more food and food awareness to Central Louisiana!"


We have enjoyed having them in the demonstration garden this month and look forward to strengthening the partnership.

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.