We pursue this vision primairly through educational outreach in both local schools and the community.
- Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge is our model Farm To School program, bringing gardening, nutrition, and enrichment programming into public elementary schools. GHBR began in 2013, and we are currently working at 2 schools with plans to expand to other schools in the area. We are in The Dufrocq School and BRFLAIM elementary schools.
- Our Urban Agriculture Workshop Series and basic organic gardening classes are held at the Burden Center and cover diverse topics from pruning citrus trees, to keeping chickens, to preserving vegetables.
How we do it:
In 2013, Slow Food Baton Rouge started Baton Rouge's only comprehensive Farm To School program, Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge, hosted free classes for the public, engaged the community about local food systems. Our previous activities were only possible through funding received from the Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, from a USDA grant in partnership with EBR Public Schools, and from a small grant from the Whole Kids Foundation. We receive in-kind support from the Baton Rouge Whole Foods Market. We appreciate further support from the community in order to continue our programs!
BUT as we enter many of our programs' third year, our most important funder will be YOU. This past year, funds raised from the 2015 Dinner in the Field and Slow Food Fall Heat helped us hire Todd Whatley. Please be on teh lookout for future events that support BRLA's only comprehensive Farm to School programs.