Good Food Project Garden Newsletter
December 2013 
Know about the Local Foods Movement?
The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance-led (CLEDA) Central Louisiana Local Foods Initiative aims to strengthen our region's local foods economy, while also increasing access to healthy and fresh foods for everyone. When our region's residents first think of a strong local foods economy, many ideas come to mind, and often begin with farmer's markets and community gardens. While both farmers markets and gardens are important, a strong economy needs many components to work effectively. Residents can make the greatest change in the region's local foods economy through their own community. Whether you live in Natchitoches, or Leesville, Jonesville, or Colfax, each of Central Louisiana's nine parishes now hold emerging Eat Local groups, which are designed for local residents to identify existing challenges in their own local foods economy, and then find opportunities to alleviate those challenges. Examples of Eat Local group successes include developing the Colfax Farmers Market in Grant Parish, and creating the Natchitoches Community Table, which allows Natchitoches Parish's emerging  growers to sell their produce in a collective, low-risk environment. These Eat Local groups continue to be the most effective way for local residents to become an active participant strengthening their own local foods economy. There are other ways for everyone to be involved, most of them simple, yet powerful. Perhaps the best and easiest way to support CLEDA's local foods initiative is to purchase just $5 of produce each week from a local grower. If each household in our region spent just $5 at a local farm, Central Louisiana would see $91 million back in our local economy. A collective effort to strengthen our local foods economy can be easily achieved by spending $5 weekly on locally grown produce and participating in your parish's Eat Local groups. To learn more about CLEDA's local foods initiative, or to find your parish's Eat Local group, visit the CLEDA facebook page, or email jdean@cenla.org to receive the local foods initiative's online newsletter. The Central Louisiana Local Foods initiative is funded by a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Challenge Grant and the Rapides Foundation. Project partners include the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, the Louisiana Public Health Institute, and MarketUmbrella, as well as other Eat Local groups and farmers throughout the region.
 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


Grinch Fruit Kabobs


Devyn LaCour, Peyton Hornsby, Jordan LaCour, and Emily Hornsby.

Green Grapes



Mozzarella cheese sticks

Wooden skewers



Slice bananas

Cut strawberries in half

Cut mozzarella across to form small circles

Assemble fruit in this order:


Banana slice

Strawberry half

Mozzarella circle


 Happy Holidays!

Plant all winter long! In December you can plant:                
  • Cabbage
  • Bulbing Onions
  • English Peas
  • Leek (Sets)




Garden News
The Good Project is grateful this month for some new community partners: The Cenla Dietetic Association - we much appreciate their $200 donation for healthy snacks at the YMCA during the month of December. The Central Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition in conjunction with the Central Louisiana Human Services District, Central Louisiana Children's Cabinet, Huey P. Long Hospital, and Amerihealth Caritas Louisiana as we came together in a collaborative effort to rework the raised garden beds at the TreeHouse Museum. Thanks to all for being a caring community in action!
Workday Wednesday
All the vegetables planted earlier this fall like, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kale, lettuce, mustard, turnips, radishes, spinach, and much more are thriving all over the Demonstration Garden! Come on out and see what else we are doing. Extra hands are needed and would be most appreciated to help with preparing additional 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

"Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy and eventually into sustainable patterns of living." Zenobia Barlow 
Pineville Youth Center participants: Neveah Sykes, Alyssa Bailey, Ja'Miraco Holmes
Volunteer of the Month
Jackie Duncan

  It is refreshing to see someone commit to a cause and stick with it. The Good Food Project is exceedingly fortunate to be associated with a person who has done just that! Jackie Duncan has served as a committed volunteer since March 2012. "It's what my heart tells me to do; it's in my soul" Jackie said about her almost weekly visit to the Good Food Project. Jackie arrives ready to work, immediately getting the tools she needs to tackle the day's tasks from starting a new bed to planting seeds and anything between. Jackie does not shy away from work. She states that "gardening is about trial and error, you can see how you progress from week to week and that's how you learn."  After retiring from the US Forest Service, Jackie started her own inner city "back yard garden" project in May 2011 on the corner of Elliott and 13th streets in Alexandria. That garden is in a neighborhood that has seen its share of problems, including homelessness and drug addiction. Jackie has some committed volunteers who have helped, but she said "it would be nice to have a little more help." As she speaks, her smile broadens, and Jackie states that she would "love to see community gardens all over. I like to see people benefit from them. I like to benefit from them, too." The Good Food Project has certainly benefitted from Jackie's generous spirit and for that we salute her efforts, time and talent!

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