Good Food Project Garden Newsletter
 February 2015 
GFP Tips for Getting Kids to try New Foods
Participants at the Kids Café - Winnfield Trying Different Veggies for a "Family Friendly Snack Pizza"
Getting kids to try healthier food options can be very challenging. That ubiquitous word "nasty" seems to come up more often than you care to hear. The Good Food Project holds weekly garden and nutrition classes at several after school youth programs and a homeless shelter for women and children where we offer a healthy snack for participants. We've learned a few things along the way that makes introducing new foods to those unaccustomed to them a little less daunting. Noteworthy are the following tips: 1. Start a home garden, kids are more receptive to vegetables when they've had a chance to see them grow, get to harvest them and then taste. 2. Show by example; if kids see you eating fresh veggies, whole grains and fruits, they are likely to follow suit. 3.Bring your kids grocery shopping, talk to them about where their food comes from, is it from another part of the world, or locally grown? 4. Eat fast food less often, you can control the amount of saturated fat, sodium and high fructose corn syrup in your food if you "slow cook" at home and let the kids help! 5. Put a little effort into prepping food ahead of time. Having chopped veggies or cut up fruit readily available in the fridge makes it easier for kids to access them for snacking or for customizable salads at meal time.  We have found that cutting food into easier-to-manage portions or shapes and then presenting those foods to kids in a pleasing array means that they are more likely to try something new. Let your family explore healthier snack options together by experimenting with different combinations of fresh vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and fruit.
For information about these programs and others, contact the Good Food Project staff at 318.445.2773 or via email: fboudreaux@fbcenla.org and on the web: www.goodfoodprojectcenla.org    
Garden Tip of the Month


Seeds that can be Germinated Indoors



Brussel Sprouts














Mustard Greens

New Zealand Spinach







Squash Summer

Squash Winter

Swiss Chard


Seeds that are Best Direct Sown








Southern Peas

Sweet Corn





Harvesting Carrots by Flashlight at the Hope House of Central Louisiana   




In February plant:

  • Beans, Snap, Bush, Pole
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard, Swiss
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Corn, Sweet
  • Eggplant (Seed)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard Greens
  • Pepper, Bell, Hot (Seed)
  • Potatoes, Irish
  • Radishes
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes (Seed)                          



In March plant:

  • Beans, Lima, Bush, Pole,
  • Beets
  • Cantaloupes
  • Chard, Swiss
  • Chinese Cabbage, 
  • Corn, Sweet  
  • Eggplant (Seed)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard Greens
  • Pepper, Bell, Hot (Seed)
  • Potatoes, Irish
  • Radishes
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes (Seed)



Produce harvested at Hope House of Central Louisianana



Garden News

The Good Food Project will be participating in the third annual Foodapalooza, February 26, 2015, a special event celebrating  Central Louisiana's local food and farms. The event features a variety of learning and resource sharing opportunities. The event is free of charge. Foodapalooza begins at 8:30 a.m. with a morning Local Food Summit, with keynote presenter Kathlyn Terry, executive director of Appalachian Sustainable Development. The Good Food Project will be facilitating two workshops: "Planting the Seed: How to get Youth Interested in Gardening" and "Making Black Gold: Composting for Beginners". 


Local Food Summit; 8:30 am - Noon; Hearn Stage at the Kress Theatre, 1102 Third Street                       

To learn more about Foodapalooza contact http://freshcentral.org/ or contact us at the Good Food Project -318-445-2773 or goodfoodproject@fbcenla.org  


Workday Wednesday

You are invited to join us at the GFP demonstration garden on Workday Wednesdays. In the garden, you will experience learning to grow food in a sustainable, organic way, while getting an opportunity to meet new people, and to help those in need in the community. If you, your organization, or work place would like to be involved, please give us a call. We would love to hear from you!

Each Wednesday from 7:30-11:30 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 Wednesdays aren't good for you, call us to set up another volunteer day! 318-445-2773 


Garden Quote

"The home gardener is part scientist, part artist, part philosopher, part plowman. He modifies the climate around his home." John R. Whiting
 February Workday at North Alexandria Community Garden
Dellen Ross, Sr. Volunteering at the Good Food Project


Volunteerof the Month

Dellen Ross, Sr.


When Dellen Ross, Sr. was a little boy, growing up here in Central Louisiana, he says he helped his grandmother in her garden. He fondly remembers the fun he had being out in the garden with her, growing watermelons. Dellen is a man of few words, but a hard worker who has worked as a laborer for local warehouses and businesses. Dellen joined as a volunteer at the Good Food Project several months ago, and has been a real asset to our volunteer program. While volunteering here, Dellen  indicates that he has learned more about gardening, and has tried more vegetables than he ever has before. He also says he is more likely to try different vegetables as he did recently when he tasted a freshly harvested beet. Having only ever eaten cooked beets, Dellen had an aversion that disappeared after he tasted the raw beet. The same goes for broccoli and carrots, he says. Dellen shared that he finds working in the garden to be very relaxing; he likes learning the different plant names and the harvesting. One of the things that pleasantly surprised Dellen was when he participated in making flower arrangements using materials found in the demonstration garden. "It was nice to learn to put those different plant materials together right out of the garden to make something beautiful to go inside." he said. Dellen realized he had a skill he probably never would have tapped into before coming to the Good Food Project. We invite anyone interested in discovering their own hidden skills to join Dellen and our regular volunteers each week. 

GFP welcomes volunteers at our community gardens and at the Good Food Project on Wednesday mornings in the demonstration garden, 3223 Baldwin Avenue - Food Bank of Central Louisiana 71301 - 318-445-2773



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