The LSU AgCenter plans to sponsor a community garden for locals in need, and to celebrate a kick-off event was held at the Morehouse AgCenter on Saturday, November 10.

The Garden to Table project, made possible by a Louisiana Healthcare Connections Community Health Grant, will install raised-bed gardens at the local Ag Center made up of both fruits and vegetables. It will be cared for by volunteers who will receive training from some of the LSU AgCenter’s employees. Community members in need will receive food from the garden.

“The gardens will be designed to help with food security in Morehouse Parish,” said spokeswoman Chelsea Graves. “People will be able to receive food from the garden with no fee attached.”

The LSU AgCenter suggested the Food to Table project for Morehouse Parish as it is noted for low health factors and outcomes, and nearly 24 percent of the population is food insecure. It is hoped that this garden will help provide for the community and teach locals more about nutrition as well as growing their own food.

“It is our hope that the garden will have a good impact on the community and will create master gardeners who will become stakeholders for the garden,” explained Graves.

The AgCenter plans to start planting in late winter, with a lot more to come.

“We’ll start some planting in late winter but it will really blast off in the spring,” commented Graves.

The kick-off event, held at the Morehouse AgCenter, included a variety of booths and activities for guests. Morehouse Community Health Centers offered health information and free giveaways. Several booths offered information about gardening. There was a food demo station along with glucose and vision screenings, blood pressure checks, and a bike blending booth where attendees could blend smoothies by riding a bike. There were free giveaways and games for the kids to play. Refreshments were available as well.

Attendees seemed to enjoy exploring the various stations and learning more about health and nutrition.

LSU AgCenter is proud to sponsor the Garden to Table Project and looks forward to the positive impact it will hopefully have on the community.