(11/24/21) EUNICE, La. — Eunice’s community garden, 3rd Day Gardens, will be one of the highlights of the Eunice Christmas Festival on Thursday, Dec. 2.
The community garden is divided into two sections; the sensory garden for differently abled kids and adults and the vegetable growing section, which helps supply food to the needy.
Randy Miller, community garden administrator and Julie Lyons, Well-Ahead representative, recently received a $3,000 grant for a food “farmacy” to help increase fresh produce consumption to reduce chronic illness. In addition, the FFA Chapter of Eunice High has adopted the sensory garden as a community project They secured a grant, which helped lay a handicapped access parking lot and sidewalk in the sensory garden.
Before those successes, the LSU AgCenter and Sherwin Williams donated time and resources for a stenciling project with the garden to increase physical activity opportunities.
“The community garden has been one of my biggest projects this year, and we hope that through this festival, we will see an increase in awareness and support from the community,” Breanna Katz Staab, LSU AgCenter assistant nutrition agent, said.
The community garden is located at 2101 W. Ash Ave., near the walking trail and is an excellent resource for the community, according to Staab. It exists to serve anyone from every walk of life and every ability, she said.
“The more support the garden receives, the bigger the impact for the residents of St. Landry Parish,” Staab said.
The Christmas Festival is free and open to the public from 5 to 7:30 p.m. There will be hot cocoa and cookies to enjoy while exploring free booths and activities to kick off the Christmas season in Eunice.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture