Tensas Parish’s 4-H “Get It Growing” Garden Project Club Recognized for Community Service

If you visit the St. Joseph Garden and Grow community garden in Tensas Parish, be sure to look for signs marking the beds managed by the Tensas Parish 4-H “Get It Growing” Club, Betsy Crigler, LSU AgCenter Tensas Parish 4-H agent and volunteer, Farrar Crigler.

The group manages three beds at the community garden. The 4-Hers plant, maintain, harvest, and deliver fresh produce to local groups such as the St. Francis Food Pantry and the Oneonta Food Pantry. The group was part of the LSU AgCenter’s “Grow a Row to Share” 2022 regional pilot and are now part of the statewide program expansion. On average, the gardeners donate over 40 servings of produce per month within the parish.

“With one of the four H’s standing for service, we are always looking for service opportunities for our youth,” says Betsy Crigler. “Donating to food pantries gives us the opportunity to give fresh healthy foods the pantries may not normally get. Our youth are happy to be helping others.”

The Tensas Parish 4-H “Get It Growing” Club was just awarded a $1000 grant from GreenPoint Ag to expand their “Grow a Row to Share” participation and other gardening programming. The 4-H’ers are also being recognized by the LSU AgCenter for their participation in the “Grow a Row to Share” program.

Congratulations on a job well done!

Students preparing a community garden bed with 4-H Agent Betsy Criggler.

Photo provided by Cecilia Stevens.

4-H Agent Betsy Criggler helping students with seeds and paper bags.

Photo provided by Cecilia Stevens.

5/5/2023 6:58:30 PM
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