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Starting Local Gardens

Gardens have been an important aspect of many cultures in history.

The Good Food Project serves as an active resource in helping schools, organizations, churches, neighborhoods, businesses and individuals establish and maintain gardens.
Our staff -- with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture -- can help you plan and plant a garden.

Gardens have been an important aspect of many cultures in history.  In the past, community gardens were commonly used to provide food for families year-round.   There is a growing U.S. movement for the “greening” of schoolyards through gardens at school sites and much enthusiasm for  garden-based learning in promoting healthy youth development.  There are multiple rationales for the value of schools gardens, chiefly as outdoor “learning laboratories,” as aesthetically pleasing spaces for children to play, and recently, as places to promote the consumption of fresh produce.    The Good Food Project needs you to come grow with us and take roots in the community.

Good Food Project Garden Checklist
Things We Can Do to Help You
  • For schools, churches, communities, and nonprofit organizations, we can help you plan your garden start-up, including site selection, soil preparation and plant selection. GFP helps plan fall and spring work days at the site.

  • Conduct on-site learning opportunities appropriate to your needs.

  • Provide organic resources to meet all aspects of your garden

Things You Must Do
  • Contact GFP of the Food Bank of Cenla to request an application, complete the application, fax or email back to GFP. 

  • Organize class participation and organizational activities

  • Designate an on-staff garden coordinator

  • Determine that the garden plot is free from underground utilities and other hazards


Things to Consider
  • On-site composting

  • Collecting rain water

  • Type of soil

  • Storage area for tools and supplies

  • Worm Bin

  • Parental or volunteer involvement, including donation of supplies and materials

  • Soil test (available from LSU AgCenter)

Materials You Will Need
  • Shovel and/or spade

  • Hand trowels

  • Garden rake

  • Hoe

  • Garden soil

  • Watering can

  • Growing containers (optional)

  • Hay/hardwood leaves/grass clippings for mulching

  • Wheel barrow (if necessary)

  • Clippers/scissors for harvesting


Helpful Books
  • The New Organic Grower (Elliott Coleman)

  • Gaia’s Garden A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture (Toby Hemenway)


Helpful Websites


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