April 2013
Good Food Project Garden News
New Addition to the GFP
We are very excited to announce Ohio native Eric Pawlowski has joined the GFP team as the new director. Eric's roots in sustainable agriculture run deep, having previously managed diversified farming operations, Community Gardening initiatives, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects, and a regional Farmers Market. His 17 years of experience in organic gardening will help our project grow and improve the health of our community. Eric's family, wife Leslie and daughters Rhea and Maeve, will complete the school year in Pickerington, OH and officially become members of the CENLA community this summer.

Party for the Planet
Celebrate Earth Day with the GFP! The 23rd annual CENLA Earth Fair, Party for the Planet, is Saturday, April 20 from 10 am- 3 pm at the Alexandria Zoo! The Good Food Project will have a booth set up for kids to participate in garden activities, crafts, games, and win fun prizes! Learn more.

Central Louisiana Foodapalooza

Farm tours, local-food lunches, nationally-known speakers and skill-building workshops will all be part of Central Louisiana Food-A-Palooza on Friday, April 26th in Alexandria. Part of the Central Louisiana Local Foods Initiative, the day-long celebration will be the culmination of a series of Eat Local conversations held in parishes throughout the region. The Good Food Project Demonstration Garden will be a host site during the morning activities. Stop by anytime between 9- 11:30 AM and tour our 1/4 acre organic garden. You might even pick up a few new gardening tips while you're here!  


YMCA Healthy Kid's Day 2013
Saturday, April 27th from 11am- 2pm, the YMCA is bringing children and families together through Healthy Kids Day at the City Park YMCA! This year's activities include: face painting, Wii Fit competitions, arts and crafts, jumpers, a fire house, kids Zumba and much more. You will also get the chance to tour the YMCA after school garden sponsored by the GFP!
Workday Wednesday
Every Wednesday from 8am to 12pm all adults and children are invited to come out for a fun day of learning and giving back to the CENLA community. This month it's all about "out with the old, in with the new" as we cycle the season. Find out the do's and don'ts of container gardening and step-by-step on how to prep your beds for spring planting. Let's grow together! Learn more.

Volunteer of the Month

Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church Youth Group

The GFP Demonstration Garden has had the pleasure of serving 15 volunteers from Nazarene Missionary Baptist Youth Group for the past two months. The youth, ages 7-15, gathered in the garden on their days off and were eager to learn as much as they could during their stay. "They were impressed with what they learned," says Shantelle Slaughter, Youth Director of Nazarene Missionary Baptist. "Many of them expressed their feelings about being able to help people who may be less fortunate. They took in the lessons of how to start their own gardens if they wanted or needed to," she says.

Slaughter is an avid philanthropist and strives to instill the importance of volunteering to the youth. "It is our duty as Christians to serve, help those who are in need. This is a form of benevolence. We need to make sure our youth understand serving people and giving back is not only volunteer work, but it is what the Bible teaches us as well," she explains.

The hardworking and enthusiastic group quickly caught on to the basic gardening methods from harvesting and weeding to planting and washing the produce. "I planted tomatoes and marigolds. I picked sweet peas, onions and broccoli," explains Kennedi Brown, age 7. It was a great experience to work with such an energetic and personable group of young people that are genuinely interested in helping their community. "It feels good knowing that we're making a simple change and these simple changes are making a big difference in someone else's life," says Peyton Newton, age 15. "It feels good to know that all the work I am doing is helping another," Tykita Fennix, age 15.

Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church continues to donate their free time to the GFP, and we are very grateful to have such diligent volunteers that are motivated to improve the health of our Food Bank clients. We congratulate Nazarene Missionary Baptist Youth Group as the Volunteers of the Month and for their distinguished service benefiting the  

Good Food Project.



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