|Planting seedlings raised by SU Ag Center|
|Cultivating for the good of the community|
Baton Rouge, La – The Southern University Ag Center along with other community partners like Exxon, Baton Rouge Green, and volunteers joined Reverend James Snowden to turn a vacant land, previously “an eye sore” into a blooming garden in a North Baton Rouge neighborhood. The reverend acquired this land by adjudication but could do nothing much with it until the SU Ag Center helped secure a grant from the Mayor’s Office. With the grant, the land was fenced around and with seeds and technical assistance from the SU Ag Center, the plot now boasts of several seasonal vegetables. The garden which is much needed in the area designated as a food desert by the US Department of Agriculture provides a place for children to play, exercise in a productive way, planting, harvesting and eating fresh carrots, cucumbers, greens and tomatoes. The community is now picking an interest in the garden because they see positive results and want to share in the growth.
On April 7, EBR Mayor/President Melvin “Kip” Holden joined 2,600 other mayors across the country to recognize the 2015 National Service Day at the Alpine Community Garden with speakers from various partnering entities including Rev. Snowden. Following the press release, volunteers, children and adults from the community planted seedlings raised by staff of the SU Ag Center.
The Alpine Community Garden is located on Chestnut Street off Scenic Hwy. Rev. Snowden pastors Alpine Baptist Church and supervises the garden. The garden has breathed new life into the community by providing healthy food and relationship for members of the community.