On November 11, Feliciana Master Gardener, Virginia Dean and her husband, Cbo Dean arrived at Bains Lower Elementary in St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, to unload soil to fill existing raised beds at the school garden. Lanya Mayer, Play 60 Coach at Bains Lower Elementary, and Layne Langley, LSU AgCenter Area Nutrition Agent, knew the beds needed additional soil but weren’t sure where the funds would come from to purchase it. Virginia Dean, who had recently come out to Bains Lower Elementary to work on the beds noticed the need and brought it up at a Feliciana Master Gardener Meeting. She asked the membersif they would consider buying and donating the soil.
Thankfully, the master gardeners agreed to the donation and Mrs. Dean volunteered to get the soil. She and her husband filled their 18-foot trailer with two cubic yards of soil and on November 11 delivered it. With the help of Annette Zimmer, Feliciana Master Gardener, Lanya Mayer, Layne Langley, and Jessie Hoover, LSU AgCenter ANR Agent, the soil was shoveled and raised beds filled.
We are very appreciative for the soil donation and the effort the Master Gardeners took to fill the beds. The kindergarteners and first graders at Bains Lower Elementary have already planted radish and turnip seeds and are looking forward to planting carrots and mustard green seeds.
For more information about the nutrition and school garden program at Bains Lower Elementary in West Feliciana Parish contact Layne Langley at 226-635-3614 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture