Tensas Parish 4-H youth participated in the Tensas Community Garden service-learning project. The goal of this project is to gain cooperative and leadership skills and provide produce to the community. Youth and adults needed training in planning a garden. This included location, soil testing, preparing the soil and deciding what to plant. Healthy lifestyles is the educational focus with the introduction of new vegetables and the importance of increasing fruits and vegetables in the diet. Youth met together to plan their garden. This included what they were to plant and what would be done with the produce. Youth distributed watermelons to local officials as well as elderly and needy members of the community. They also provided pumpkins for a Story Hour/Pumpkin Painting contest with the local library. Youth also distributed greens to elderly in the community for Thanksgivings and Christmas celebrations. Youth celebrated with refreshments after each community distribution. Youth and adults discussed improvements that could be made including increasing participation in the project. This project lasted 15 hours and served 15 people as of 8/1/2009.