About Us

Our History

An earnest desire by the management of Keller Enterprises to provide fresh, high-quality produce, reconnect people to the food they eat, educate them about good nutrition and sustainable garden practices and establish a boundary-free sense of community is the seed from which The Good Food Project sprouted.

Keller Enterprises, an Alexandria-based agricultural company with nationwide interests, made a substantial gift through the Central Louisiana Community Foundation to fund the initial years of the project.  With continuing support and input from Keller Enterprises, The Food Bank of Central Louisiana administers the Good Food Project.

Started in September 2011, the Good Food Project establishes and supports community organic gardens and nutrition education programs across the Food Bank's 11 parish service region.  There are only a few food banks in the United States that have a gardening program to help their clients in learning to grow their own food.

The Good Food Project began with a 1/3 acre demonstration garden as part of the Food Bank complex.  Here, gardeners of various ages and experience levels take classes, learn about and view different organic garden options, and can volunteer to cultivate, plant and harvest fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs that are distributed to Food Bank clients or local non-profits that serve food to the needy.

Since its start, The Good Food Project's impact has expanded from the demonstration garden to its current support and/or maintenance of 65 active school and community garden program sites in the parishes served by the Food Bank.  The Project currently impacts over 17,660 children and adults.  These programs teach sustainable gardening, nutrition, and healthy eating options, while providing fresh produce for participants.

Our Mission

The Good Food Project is a model community garden network that feeds, educates, and connects Food Bank clients and the broader CENLA community, empowering people to achieve better health through sustainable gardening and access to nutritious food.

 

What We Do?

"Community gardens thrive in cities across the United States, and they make good sense for Central Louisiana," - Elisabeth Keller, of Keller Enterprises
Gardens, created in neighborhoods, schools, youth and senior centers, and other nonprofit sites, yield fresh produce for participating children, senior citizens, and other in need.  Nutrition education and health eating options are also incorporated into many of the garden programs.
             
All Good Food Project garden program sites are learning environments providing students and adults of all ages opportunities to learn how and what to plant seasonably and sustainably, as well as nutrition and healthy eating options.  All participants, with learning materials and hands on participation geared towards their age/ability levels, learn how fruits and vegetables grow.  The Projects teaches  them to grow food organically promoting a "kindness to the earth" model that is long lasting.
 
We will not just feed children and adults for a day or a week, but will help them eat better, encourage healthy food choices, grown their own food, provide food for others and also remain active throughout their lifetime.
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Good Food Project

3223 Baldwin Avenue
Alexandria, LA 71301-3506
(318) 445-2773

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