Good Food Project Garden Newsletter
January 2014 
Come On, Let's Work Together

Communities most often seem to thrive when diverse groups join forces for the common good. The Good Food Project recently collaborated with members of the Rapides Parish
Kitty Wynn, Diane Foster-Tracy and Susan Babineaux
Healthy Communities Coalition to maintain the raised bed garden at the TreeHouse Children's Museum in Alexandria. Kitty Wynn of the Central Louisiana Human Services District - Prevention Services, Diane Tracy of the Central Louisiana Children's Cabinet and Susan Babineaux with Huey P Long/Amerihealth Caritas joined the Good Food Project staff on a cool Saturday morning. In no time this hard-working group had those beds  reworked and planted with healthy fall vegetables. According to TreeHouse Museum staff person, Jordan Wade, people are noticing the garden and are asking questions about the vegetables. She further indicated that the staff is looking forward to the extra activities and harvesting they will be able to do with the children. The Good Food Project and the Rapides Parish Healthy Communities Coalition hope to continue this on-going partnership to maintain this garden site so that children and families visiting the TreeHouse Museum can experience healthy foods and flowers in their natural state. The next work day is scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2014, so, come on, let's work together! For more information about helping with this project or volunteering, call Frances Boudreaux at 318-445-2773.
Recipe of the Month


Tatsoi Rice Stir Fry




1 Bunch tatsoi

1 Medium yellow onion

1 Clove garlic

1 Tablespoon olive oil or canola oil

1 Cup cooked brown rice

1 Large egg beaten

Soy Sauce

Salt and Pepper



Slice root off tatsoi (individual leaves)

Rinse/dry with paper towels

Slice leaves - set aside

Chop stems into 1 inch pieces

Dice onion/mince garlic

Heat wok or skillet - Add 1 tablespoon oil

Add onion and garlic - sauté 1 minute

Add tatsoi stems - sauté another few minutes, until stems turn bright green

Stir in rice and add about 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or to taste)

Season with salt and pepper to taste

Push veggies and rice to one side of pan and add beaten egg. Scramble until mostly cooked, then stir it into the stir fry mix. Add tatsoi leaves and stir fry for a final minute or two until the leaves are wilted. Taste, add another dash of soy sauce if needed.




In January plant:                
Kaden at the City Park YMCA
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • English Peas
  • Irish Potatoes
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Onion, leek (sets)
  • Radishes
  • Start these seeds indoors: bell pepper, hot pepper, eggplant and tomato




Garden News
The Good Project was honored to receive recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council as a Louisiana Leader in Urban Agriculture and Local Food Production. We much appreciate and thank them for this honor.
Workday Wednesday
Want a great way to be involved in your community and get the added benefit of a little exercise and fresh air to chase away the winter blues? The winter months can be a time of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) that can rob you of motivation. Getting out in the sunlight can reduce the effects of the winter doldrums - so come on out! Volunteers are needed and would be most appreciated here at the demonstration garden to help with preparing additional beds, sowing seeds, and planting transplants.  

Each Wednesday from 8:30am-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 Wednesday's aren't good for you, call us to set up another volunteer day! 318-445-2773


Garden Quote

"As long as one has a garden, one has a future. As long as one has a future, one is alive." Frances Hodgson Burnett from "The Secret Garden" 
Good Food Project container garden
Volunteer of the Month
Tanya Ingraham

 Our volunteer of the month, Tanya Ingraham, says she "likes what the Good Food Project stands for, it provides food for people who need it. From the age of eleven she remembers working in plant nurseries with her mother, who has owned a nursery for 20-25 years here in the Central Louisiana area.  By the time she reached high school, Tanya knew she wanted to "see the world" so she enlisted in the US Navy "right after high school." Tanya  served two years on Guam and then she was stationed out of Bremerton, Washington, as the home port for the USS Rainier on which she served three and a half years. One of her favorite places was the liberty port of Bali, that Tanya describes as being very beautiful. Once her tour of duty was complete, Tanya returned to Cenla, attended a local technical college, and then she worked various jobs until she found her current position as a Production Tech, Level 5, at the Boisie Cascade plant where she has been employed for nine years. Tanya says she would like to have her own garden, because she loves being outdoors, but that her space is limited. Tanya fulfills that desire to work in the fresh air by volunteering at the Good Food Project. For the last several months, Tanya has been a real hands-on help in the demonstration garden. She has participated in planting everything from green onions and radishes to tulip bulbs. Tanya's agreeable nature and willingness to work sorting seeds or rebuilding the herb spiral has been a welcome addition to the garden.

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