Good Food Project Garden Newsletter
April 2014 
Springing Forward
Mr. Homer Williams and second grade students at L.S. Rugg Elementary
After enduring a grueling winter, the Good Food Project staff has been hustling to get spring gardens installed and planted around Cenla. Raised garden beds have been placed at several schools, including Arthur F. Smith, Hadnot-Hayes, L.S. Rugg, St. Anthony's (Bunkie) as well as the Hope House of Central Louisiana. Established gardens at Alexandria Middle Magnet, Oakdale School-based Health Center, the Pineville Youth Center and the T.R.E.E. House Children's Museum have been reworked. Spring plantings of tomatoes, peppers, garden beans, squash, cucumbers, melons, and okra are currently being planted at these locations. The Good Food Project is springing forward and is in conversation with other potential community gardens to be established in Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, and Winn Parishes. If you are interested in being involved in one of these worthwhile projects, contact Frances Boudreaux  at 318.445.2773 or via email: fboudreaux@fbcenla.org    
Recipe of the Month

Seared Sugar Snap Peas


T.R.E.E. House Children's Museum Sugar Snap Pea Harvest

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil 

1 Lb. Sugar Snap Peas, strings removed

3-4 Green onions sliced


A Pinch of sugar

Zest of a lemon

3 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint (optional)

Black Pepper to taste

Lemon juice to taste 


1. Heat a large sauté pan on high heat for 1 minute. Add the olive oil to the hot pan and heat it until it shimmers, about 1-2 minutes. Add the sugar snap peas and toss to coat with the oil. Sprinkle salt over them and toss again. Allow to cook, undisturbed, for 1 minute.

2. Add the green onions and sprinkle with a pinch of sugar. Toss to combine. Let cook for 1 minute.  Toss and cook untouched again, this time leaving everything undisturbed for 2 minutes.

3. Turn off the heat, mix in the lemon zest and mint, then add black pepper and lemon juice to taste. Serve immediately.

In April plant:                
Good Food Project Demonstration Garden
  • Beans (lima, bush, pole)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Chard (Swiss)
  • Collards
  • Corn (Sweet)
  • Eggplant
  • Okra
  • Peanuts
  • Peas, Southern
  • Pepper (Hot-Seeds)
  • Pepper (Bell-Transplants)
  • Pumpkin
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes (Transplants)
  • Watermelon


Garden News

If you are interested in starting your own spring garden and need help with seeds or support in planning and implementing it, please contact us at 318-445-2773.




Workday Wednesday
Folks get the urge to be outside and dig in the dirt at this lovely time of year! We would love to have you dig in our dirt at the Good Food Project demonstration garden!  Volunteers are always welcome and much needed  to help with building new beds, planting, and the maintenance and harvesting of  crops. 

Each Wednesday from 8:30-11:30 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 Wednesday's aren't good for you, call us to set up another volunteer day! 318-445-2773


Garden Quote

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace." Mary Sarton
April 2014
Volunteers of the Month
The Volunteers of Saturday, April 12, 2014
 Saturday, April 12, 2014 was a perfect day to do a little painting. Thanks to the hard work of two diverse groups of volunteers, the Good Food Project was able to have our ramps to the demonstration garden office and our gazebo stained and sealed. The ladies of Calvary Baptist Church and the gentlemen of Youth Challenge Program spent the morning diligently brushing and rolling sealer over what seemed like miles of natural cypress wood. While they were busy outside, approximately 88 folks from Calvary, Pineville High JROTC, and teens from Gateway helped fill senior boxes and back packs with food inside the Food Bank warehouse. It is due to this type of community support that the Good Food Project and the Food Bank of Central Louisiana are able to continue their missions. We are eternally grateful for those who give of their time and effort in order to help others.

 If you or your organization would like to volunteer at the Good Food Project or the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, contact us at 318.445.2773 to schedule a day.

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