|Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives volunteer Jessie Clark harvesting sweet potatoes at the North City Park Community Garden in Opelousas, La.|
Baton Rouge, LA – The Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives (SCRI) currently maintains several community gardens throughout St. Landry Parish.
Throughout the year, the garden and land is cared for by Jessie Clark. Recently, Jessie and the Southwest Center staff harvested sweet potatoes from the North City Park Community Garden in Opelousas, La. The garden is located within a low-income housing area, and was constructed through a partnership with the Opelousas Housing Authority.
The sweet potatoes harvested were given to residents to ensure they would have fresh produce.
“We see the blue van working out here all the time, and really feel blessed when they provide us with what they grow,” said a resident.