Connecting Communities


It’s officially Spring and it’s the perfect time to get out in the community to enjoy the nice weather and connect with the people in your community (or neighboring communities). One great way to connect communities is through the development of community gardens. Community gardens are becoming more popular in communities as communities grow to understand the need for healthier foods. Community gardens are great for people who are interested in following the “ground to the table” concept as well as those who enjoy donating fresh produce or work as Farmer’s Market vendors in their local Farmer’s Market. Food Pantries are also in need of fresh produce to distribute to community members during monthly distribution days. Donating fresh produce allows those who are elderly, disabled or unable to get out in the garden, to add fresh fruit to their diets without having to pay out of pocket costs to do so.

Community gardens have the ability to connect communities in the following ways:

Community Garden

  • Community collaboration: Most communities work together to install community gardens which creates cohesiveness in the community and a sense of belonging.
  • Plot adoption: Some communities allow community members to adopt plots (this encourages healthy eating in households).
  • Community donations: Communities can donate the produce to food pantries, nursing homes and homeless shelters.
  • Community support: Community gardens can assist Farmer’s Market vendors with their weekly sales resulting in more income in households and more reasonably priced produce for community members.

Healthy Communities is open to working with those who are interested in making donations to food pantries and can assist community members by providing them with a list of local food pantries in their community or in a community nearby. Also, if there are established food pantries that are interested in starting a community garden, we can work with food pantries to assist them with their start-up needs.

If you are in the Morehouse or East Carroll Parish area and want to learn about the ways we are working to promote community connections in your area through food systems projects and more, please contact Jocinda Jackson-Jones at jrjackson@agcenter.lsu.edu. All other communities outside of Morehouse & East Carroll Parish can visit Healthy Communities (lsuagcenter.com) to get in contact with their Healthy Communities agent and discuss ways they can get out in the community.

8/15/2022 6:39:27 PM
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