The secret to eating fresh produce could be in your own backyard.
What if you could bring back the flavor in your food? Or have more genuine, natural vitamins instead of unhealthy additives? Our food chain passes on some of the manmade chemicals and unnatural foods to us. Even scientists aren’t sure what effects these substances have on whatever or whoever consumes them. We may end up with a lot of mad cows and angry veggies eating us. If you are what you eat... are we ever in trouble!
The solution is our own backyards. Fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables organically grown, picked and eaten right off the plant or tree is optimum.
While you’re starting to process producing produce, you can connect with our local farmers and suppliers. Check out these sites:
- www.shreveportorganics.com/ (318) 918-1986. Want the convenience of having someone with the right connections shop for you? Lea Arnold shares her experience and expertise through an orqanic food co-op. The website explains membership and how getting fresh, field-ripened produce works. There is a list posted on the website of what members will be splitting for the next pick-up, which is every two weeks, one in Shreveport and one in Bossier. Their buying power includes a variety of vegetables, herbs, nuts, oils, cheeses, chicken, turkeys, free-range beef, and more.
- www.localharvest.org/ Click on the Farms tab and put in your Zip code. If you do not put in the state, you will get farms as far away as Jefferson and Nacogdoches, TX. About a dozen sites closer to Shreveport and Bossier City are listed.
- Watch Fete on the Farm with Mahaffey Farms, Lagniappe Foods and Slow Food NLA shows how one local farming family is producing healthier food and selling to the public. Mahaffey Farms is a small farm that raises pastured meats and organically grown vegetables. Contact Evan McCommon at (318) 518-0558 to arrange for an on-farm pick-up.
- www.lsuagcenter.com/en/our_offices/parishes/Caddo/ There is updated information about all kinds of growing topics at the LSU Ag Center’s website. This site is helpful for the novice to the forever farmer. Contact Grace Peterson, Extension Agent, 318-741-7430 Ext 1502.
If you know nothing about growing plants and think your thumb is the print of death, there are great groups of people learning from each other through the “We Grow Together” program. The very best way to learn is hands-in-the-dirt experience. Gloves are allowed for us sissies. A bevy of opportunities at local community gardens are excellent training ground for the whole family.
- www.rrccg.org/ connects you with the Red River Coalition of Community Gardeners. Their motto & Mission: “The Red River Coalition of Community Gardeners invites you to change the world... one seed at a time ...one relationship at a time ...one neighborhood at a time.” Call Cookie Coleman at 318-617-7950 for meeting information.
Healthy growing and happy eating.
-- by Jan Core