Mr. Lorenzo Edwards and Mrs. Rochelle Darville applied for the 2020-2021 LHCC (Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition) Mini-Grant in November 2020 and were notified in January 2021 that they were one of the schools that received the grant.Mr. Edwards is the ProStart Instructor at West St. John High and Mrs. Darville is the 8th Grade Science and Social Studies teacher under the direction of Mr. Claude Hill, Principal of West St. John High.
Once granted the LHCC Mini-Grant, Mr. Edwards and Mrs. Darville started making a shopping list of all the things that they would need to start their school and community garden.They prepared a budget and visited Home Depot in LaPlace, LA to purchase the materials needed to start a raised bed garden.Home Depot of LaPlace, LA, through their excitement of wanting to help and give back to the community donated their time to help construct the raised garden.
On Friday, March 5, 2021, Home Depot of LaPlace, LA delivered the wood, shovel, rake, and other material purchased for the garden.Home Depot of LaPlace and the students constructed 5 raised beds.Below are the pictures of the students building the raised beds.The students will be planting vegetables, and fruits in the next couple of days.There will also be volunteers from the community that will help to keep the school and community garden up and ready for harvest in May.The plan is to cook the vegetables and fruits after harvesting in May and next year to plant enough to maybe sell to the community.
The students that helped construct the raised bed school and community garden are:
Red Jacket – Alton Sarrizan; Black Jacket – Rontrelle Turner; Blue Jacket – Brian Singleton; Chantell Simon Home Depot Operations Manager.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture