Good Food Project Garden News

September 2013 

"A Worthwhile and Awesome Adventure"

Director, Al Pychaud and Pineville Youth
Director Al Peychaud and youth at the Pineville Youth Center
The Good Food Project began a partnership with the Pineville Youth Center this past spring. An off-site garden, and a nutrition program was initiated thanks to a Rapides Foundation grant that focuses on diet and physical activity. A recent conversation with Mr. Al Peychaud, Director of the Center, fully expresses the intent of this partnership. Mr. Peychaud shared the following: "We are delighted and excited about having our youth engaged and involved in such a worthwhile and awsome adventure with the Food Bank of Central Louisiana and the Good Food Project. Our youth have acquired a different perspective on the importance of farming and developing healthy eating habits. Beyond the aspect of gardening activities, lifelong skills are being taught and learned. Our youth eagerly look forward to each Wednesday when gardening is scheduled so that they can participate in this wonderful experience. Mrs. Jayne, Mrs. Frances, and Mr. Mark, and other staff members are to be congratulated for their efforts and work for the children of our community. We are indeed thankful to be partners in such an amazing project!"
 For those interested in learning more about this program or to volunteer, please contact the Good Food Project at (318) 787-6893.


Recipe of the Month
Creamy Veggie Dip
Creamy Veggie Dip  
1 cup (8 ounces) softened Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Buttermilk
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind (zest)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash
1 small garlic clove, minced
Combine all ingredients in a bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed for 2 minutes or until smooth.
Serve with fresh veggie sticks or florets: peppers, celery, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower

Get Your Fall Beds Ready!
Here's What You Can Plant This Month
  • Cabbage
  • Collard Greens
  • English Peas/Sugar Snap Peas 
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Radishes
  • Turnips



Garden Wish List
Our gardens grow with a lot of help from volunteers and donations from much appreciated community supporters. Below is a list of items that are needed for the GFP to continue to flourish:
  • Food-Safe Plastic Buckets/Tubs for harvesting 
  • Garden Tools- shovels, rakes,  hand trowels, etc  
  • Trailer  
  • Awning 


Workday Wednesday
The Demonstration Garden is currently being transitioned from summer to fall crops. Extra hands are needed and would be most appreciated to help with preparing beds, sowing seeds, and planting transplants. 

Each Wednesday from 7:30am-10:00 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 Wednesday's aren't good for you, call us to set up another volunteer day! 318-445-2773

Garden Quote: "A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust."  Gertrude Jekyll

Tell us your favorite garden quote, we may post it here in the coming months.


Volunteer of the Month
Bolton High School CBT Class



Bolton High CBT Students


  The Good Food Project had the good fortune of hosting a delightful group of high school student volunteers this past month.

Ms. Lisa Barker's CBT (Community Based Training) class from Bolton High School of Alexandria, Louisiana came out and helped do some weeding in the garden and helped with sorting and bagging of harvested produce.  Ms. Barker explained how this group interacts throughout the area.

 "We go out in the community once a week and visit various places such as the library, fire station, and airport." The students have volunteered quite a bit for the Food Bank during the school year, helping pack food in the senior boxes . Ms. Barker also related that on many occasions they have assisted the local Helping Hands Ministry as well. Ms. Barker maintains that on their outings, "students learn more about their surrounding community and also learn the importance of hard work." And work they did! They pulled lots of grass and weeds in our community garden. They were a charming and polite group whose willingness to lend a hand was awe-inspiring and much appreciated!



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