A new community building in Gibsland that was dedicated Friday (May 19) is the result of years of involvement by community residents.
The project began in 2002 when a newly formed farmers’ market wanted a place to operate, said Dora Ann Hatch, a community rural development agent with the LSU AgCenter.
Hatch said they found an avenue for funding from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development programs. That funding came through Gibsland Revival 2000, a local nonprofit committee.
"The success is that it’s a community-wide effort," Hatch said.
The $150,000 building was designed by a local architect with help from a citizens committee. It’s built on town property.
The first people to use the building were LSU AgCenter Master Gardeners, who held an educational program there in March during the Jonquil Jubilee.
Hatch said the building will be used extensively in the community, particularly during the Bonnie and Clyde Festival and the Jonquil Jubilee.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture