Good Food Project Garden Newsletter
 September 2015  
Good Food Project Receives Truck from the Plum Creek Foundation
Stephen Hanley, Senior Resource Manager for Plum Creek and Jayne Wright-Velez, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana

Plum Creek Foundation recently donated a gently used 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck to the Good Food Project of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. The Plum Creek Foundation supports rural communities that do not have access to a wide range of services. Their contributions are intended for social service needs, educational programming, environmental stewardship projects and opportunities in the arts. The truck Plum Creek presented to the Good Food Project has enabled staff to bring garden supplies, materials, plants, and more to the 39 garden and nutrition education program sites already established as well as four new school garden sites that have recently been added. 
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, bkarzwagman@fbcenla.org, cbaker@fbcenla.org,  and on the web: www.goodfoodprojectcenla.org    
Recipe of the Month

 Pumpkin Snack Cake

 GFP's First Pumpkin of the Season

Did you know?

  • Pumpkins are a great source of fiber - 3 grams per 1 cup serving
  • They are a good source of the antioxidant, beta-carotene, which may play a role in cancer prevention, and also helps keep skin wrinkle-free
  • 1 Cup of cooked pumpkin has more potassium than a banana. Potassium helps restore electrolytes to keep muscles functioning.
  • Pumpkins are a solid source of Vitamin C which may reduce infections like colds


3 Cups flour (we used a combo of oat flour, whole wheat and all-purpose) 

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup applesauce

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups canned pumpkin

4 eggs



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9X13" pan and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside

3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, white sugar, oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Whisk in eggs. When the mixture is combined completely, slowly add in the flour mixture, beating until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan and even it out with a spatula. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean (times can vary, depending on the oven)

4. When done, allow the cake to cool completely before sprinkling powdered sugar across the length of the cake. Cut into squares (Note: This cake can be frosted with cream cheese icing if desired)

Serves 20  




In September  plant:

  • Beans, (Snap, Bush, Pole, Lima)
  • Beets
  • Broccoli (Seed)
  • Brussels sprouts (Seed)
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Swiss, Chard
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Onion, Leek (Seed)
  • Peas, English
  • Potatoes, Irish
  • Pumpkin
  • Shallots
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes (Plants)




In October plant:


  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chard, Swiss
  • Chinese Cabbage 
  • Collards
  • Garlic
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard Greens
  • Onion, Leek (Seed)
  • Peas, English
  • Radishes
  • Shallots
  • Turnips




A monarch butterfly in the Good Food Project demonstration garden 


Garden News


Thanks to the Plum Creek Foundation and their donation of a 2004  Chevy Silverado and to Glass Tint Etc. for the bed liner they donated and the reduction in price of a tool box, GFP staff is able to better serve our off-site garden partners like the Kugichagulia Garden at the DART Office in Colfax. We are very grateful!


To learn more about the Good Food Project and its community partners contact us at -318-445-2773 or goodfoodproject@fbcenla.org  


Workday Wednesday
Children Enjoying Workday Wednesday at the GFP Demonstration Garden

You are invited to join us at the GFP demonstration garden on Workday Wednesdays. In the garden, you will experience learning to grow food in a sustainable, organic way, while getting an opportunity to meet new people, and to help those in need in the community. If you, your organization, or work place would like to be involved, please give us a call. We would love to hear from you!

Each Wednesday from 7:30-11:30 AM all adults and children are invited to come out for a fun day of learning and giving back  to the community. Let's grow together! Learn more.

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



Garden Quote

"Thy bounty shines in autumn unconfined and spreads a common feast for all that live." -James Thomson
Joyce Anderson and Laurie Paul, Program Coordinator at Friendship House -Prepare fall raised garden beds
Good Food Project's Dedicated Workday Wednesday Volunteers and GFP Staff

Volunteers of the Month

The "Garden Girls"


A group of young moms have been making Workday Wednesdays at the Good Food Project demonstration garden their "must-go" destination. According to them, "we love learning, and this is the best place to learn more about gardening." Several of them have had their own home gardens; and a few intend to start a new one at home. Although GFP is very appreciative of the hours they spend volunteering, Laura McDavid says that the women don't see it as volunteering, "we feel that the Food Bank and GFP is serving us; we definitely get more out of being here than we feel we give." Jen Sharbono reiterates by saying "it's about community involvement, being able to give back to the community that we love." All the garden girls strongly agree that the demonstration "garden is a peaceful and restful place to be--it feels good to be here." Another big component for them is that they are able to bring their children. "Not many places offer moms an opportunity to bring their little ones," says Laura, "where they are welcomed and are being taught about service to others. Our children are getting direction and training, not chastisement. The kids don't get a free pass; there are expectations like not walking in the beds or how to properly handle tools, and that is how they learn." The Good Food Project welcomes individuals of all ages to come and experience an oasis in the middle of an urban setting. New relationships and new information is yours for the taking each Wednesday! Bring a friend!

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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