And that is just what Kimber Ratcliff saw when she went to the local Food Bank — empty refrigerators and shelves full of processed foods like Coke and chips.
The food bank just gives what people donate. And that's what people feed their 3 year olds.
This inspired this master gardener and Austin, Texas, transplant to look for a way to grow fresh, local food for those with the least access as well as educate the community on the importance of local, fresh food.
The result is the Saint Francis Vegetable Garden — a community garden made possible by local businesses, Catholic Charities and the city of Thibodaux. The city donated the 1/2 acre behind the civic center as well as the water to grow the garden. And now they are going to work with volunteers . . . everyone from school groups to everyday citizens . . . to help grow, harvest and deliver the goods.
Mostly what I love about this project is that it underscores how health and fresh food is a community issue . . . the whole community . . . not just those who can afford access. . . .and sometimes that access just means teaching people how to grow their own.
The first planting should be in the next couple weeks. So check them out, maybe help out and show that fresh, local food isn't trendy . . . . it's our community's lifeblood.