Good Food Project Garden Newsletter
May 2014 
2013-2014 School Year
Celebrating with the Pineville Youth Center Garden Club
The Good Food Project has concluded another successful year of collaborations with some great after school programs. On May 21, we celebrated with the student garden club members at the Pineville Youth Center. This lively group, led by Director Al Peychaud, has been fully committed to establishing and maintaining their sustainable garden. On Wednesday afternoons the Good Food Project team conducts a gardening and nutrition class with these young people who range in age from six to twelve. The kids have been introduced to organic gardening practices and to making better nutritional choices. The Good Food Project presented each participant with a certificate of recognition for their commitment to the club, a personalized canvas tote with their own personalized trowel, and packets of seeds including herbs and flowers. The group chose the food for the event from some of their favorite snacks from throughout the year. Included was fresh guacamole, prepared and demonstrated by Kitty Wynn, Social Service Counselor of the Human Services District and a representative of the Central Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition who partner with the GFP. Surprisingly, the group chose a medley of vegetables including yellow squash, zucchini, and tomato stir fry as well as veggie pizzas, and fresh berries and yogurt. Representing the city of Pineville was Director of Public Works, Charlie Moore, who said that the Pineville Youth Center is important to the City of Pineville, and Mayor Clarence Fields, and that they are committed to the continuance of this much needed program. The Good Food Project is proud to partner with the fine citizens of Pineville. We look forward to continuing the garden and nutrition program throughout the summer as well.     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

Squash Medley


2 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 Cup chopped onion

Pineville Youth Center Squash Medley

2 Yellow Squash (sliced) 

2 Zucchini Squash (sliced)

1 15oz. can diced tomatoes

11/2 Teaspoons Italian seasoning

Salt/Pepper to taste 

Optional: add fresh spinach, broccoli, mushrooms if desired



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.

2. Add the onion, sauté until onions are becoming translucent 

3. Add the squash and zucchini, toss to coat with the oil and onions. Sprinkle Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper over them and toss again. Cover, allow to cook, undisturbed, for 1 minute.

4. Add the diced tomatoes. Toss to combine with other ingredients. Cover, let cook for 5 minutes. Check frequently, squash can overcook quickly

5. Turn off the heat, add other veggies if desired, the spinach will wilt quickly. Serve immediately.

Note: This makes an excellent vegetable soup base, just add chicken or beef broth, cabbage,  green beans or kidney beans

In May plant:                
Alexandria Middle Magnet Student Garden
  • Beans (snap, lima, bush, pole)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Chard (Swiss)
  • Collards
  • Corn (sweet)
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant (seed & plants)
  • Peanuts
  • Peas, Southern
  • Pepper (Hot-seeds)
  • Pepper (Bell-transplants)
  • Potatoes (sweet)
  • Pumpkin
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes (Transplants)
  • Watermelon


Garden News

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new off-site garden program in Winnfield, Louisiana at the Kids Café. The Kids Café program is a part of the Central Louisiana Local Foods Initiative, a Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance-led program working towards creating a vibrant and healthy regional foods economy throughout Central Louisiana. The initiative is made possible by a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Challenge Grant and The Rapides Foundation. The Good Food Project installed raised garden beds that were planted by students attending the program with summer veggies like tomatoes, peppers, and squash. The Good Food Project will regularly meet with these eager students to provide gardening and nutrition information and healthy snacks. We look forward to growing with this program!


Kids Café participants-Winnfield, Louisiana



The Good Food Project is looking for partners who might want to start a work place garden on site. We recently brought transplants to share with the downtown work garden maintained by the Central Louisiana Local Foods Initiative at the CLEDA office.  If your business or organization is interested in learning about the benefits of gardening in the workplace please contact us at  318-445-2773. We would love to help you get started!




Workday Wednesday

Now that the kids are out of school for the summer, consider bringing them to the Good Food Project demonstration garden on Wednesday mornings. In the garden, they will experience learning to grow food in a sustainable, organic way, getting some fresh air and exercise, and seeing the benefit of being involved in the community by helping others. If you are a parent or sponsor of an organization that might want to know more about volunteering at the GFP, please give us a call. We would love to hear from you!

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

"The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard." - Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
Emmanuel planting squash at the Eugene Warner Community Garden

Consider being a part of the exciting things that are happening at the Good Food Project and the Food Bank of Central Louisiana by contacting us at 318-445-2773

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