Although Shreveport Green has been assisting with community gardens for years, we really increased our efforts two years ago with the help of a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation grant. As part of a 17-organization collaborative, we created 8 Garden Learning Communities. These gardens, located throughout Mooretown, Cedar Grove, Caddo Heights, Highland, and Ledbetter Heights. Although the grant is ending, we intend to keep busy with these gardens and firmly establish the seeds we have sown!
These 8 gardens are in addition to ones we maintain at the Food Bank and assist with at Mercy Center. Aided by grants from Lowes and Keep America Beautiful, we have increased these plots with even bigger plans in the future!
With the help of the Alliance for Community Trees, we started the first orchard in Allendale in 2012. In 2013 we obtained a Fruitful Canopy grant from the Office of Forestry to add orchards at all of our community gardens. We have since obtained a UPS grant to add a special section of fruit trees at our Growing Station at Walter B. Jacobs Park. This enables us to create our own source of fruit trees! Species include Satsuma, pomegranate, several varieties of fig, sweet and sour persimmons, and pears. We have also added blue berries and black berries to round out our fruit offerings!