A Garden Anew

Somewhere on “the other side of town,” outside the boundaries of LaPlace, a garden is growing. Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, sugar snap peas, and greens--mustard, collard, turnip--all lie in wait in a well-laid garden tended daily by helpful hands.

Every vegetable that is harvested from this garden will find its way to LaPlace, to TownFolk Table, a weekly distribution of fresh, healthy foods to those in need.

How is this possible? TownFolk Table--with its dedicated volunteers and generous weekly donations from  Whole Foods Market Lafayette--has proven itself to be a successful, much-needed program, aimed at providing easy access to healthy foods to the residents of LaPlace community.  There is no shortage of neighbors who come by foot, bicycle, or vehicle on Saturdays, or who wait patiently on porches for their deliveries from TownFolk Table volunteers. The only limitations for the continued success of this program are its supply of food and the challenge of meeting the growing number of those in need each week. For this very reason, it is imperative that we come together with community partners like St. Barnabas, and do everything in our power to meet the needs of those we serve.    

The availability of an underutilized community garden on the grounds of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church (located here in Lafayette at 200 Camellia Blvd.) has become a promising new source of fresh produce for TownFolk Table. St. Barnabas’ motto--”A Seat at that Table” conveys the church’s hope that all who enter there feel welcome and find a kind of nourishment. Similarly, TownFolk Table offers literal nourishment for their folks in the LaPlace neighborhood. With a commitment of support from its congregation, St. Barnabas was eager to offer up their hands and hearts, and the upcoming bounty from their newly revived community garden. Volunteers from both organizations recently came together for the St. Barnabas Community Garden Clean Up and Fall Planting, bringing this dream one step closer to fruition.

The prospect of a long-term additional or supplementary source for TownFolk Table is exciting, and we are truly grateful to St. Barnabas for their support. In working with St. Barnabas to produce a bountiful supply of healthy food, we also see this as a wonderful opportunity to build relationships with others who live outside our neighborhood boundaries. It is through such efforts--TownFolk reaching out and beyond--that we can reintroduce the Lafayette community to the wonderfully diverse and unique community that is LaPlace.

—Donna T.

TownFolk Table is Up and At 'Em!

Bags full and ready for delivery. Credit: Brittany Boudreaux

Bags full and ready for delivery. Credit: Brittany Boudreaux

Ski and our new TownFolk Table trailer! Credit: Ski Witkovski

Ski and our new TownFolk Table trailer! Credit: Ski Witkovski

Recently we partnered with Whole Foods Market and their Whole Cities Grant to implement a new project in the LaPlace neighborhood: TownFolk Table! During TownFolk Table, we receive fresh donated produce from Whole Foods Market to distribute to residents of the LaPlace neighborhood every Saturday morning at the Victory Garden. In conjunction with distributing at the garden, we also deliver to a list of elderly and homebound neighborhood residents.

We recently completed our first two months of TownFolk Table; the start of this project has really been a learning experience for us.

During our first two months, we have been able to use the grant money to purchase our TownFolk Table trailer, develop our logo, and get the word out about the project to residents and volunteers. So far this project has really helped us to physically connect more with our LaPlace neighbors. We have met so many new people through this project, and we are now beginning to see familiar faces return for produce each Saturday. We are so thankful to be able to give back through this service project and connect with more people!

If you are interested in volunteering for TownFolk Table, you can sign up here:

 

Until next time!
—Brittany B.

From left to right: Alex Guillory, Amy Dalcour, Jacob Danos, Brittany Boudreaux, Leigh Billeaud, and Tim Gonzales Credit: Mallory Broussard

From left to right: Alex Guillory, Amy Dalcour, Jacob Danos, Brittany Boudreaux, Leigh Billeaud, and Tim Gonzales
Credit: Mallory Broussard