Greens on the Red celebrates healthy food

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Sunday was all about green at the Highland Community Garden and it had nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day.

Spinach, kale, collards, Swiss chard and other greens that will thrive in Northwest Louisiana were celebrated as nutrition super stars at the inaugural Greens on the Red event.  Organized by We Grow Together, a group of community volunteers, the goal was to introduce healthy greens to participants who may not have tried them before and to offer education on how to grow and prepare them.

It was planned to coincide with National Nutrition Month and greens harvest season, said Grace Peterson, an LSU AgCenter associate extension agent who works with community gardeners, and more than 100 people came out on a chilly, blustery day to learn and partake.

Oluwole Simmons and Dr. Glenn Simmons Jr. wandered from table to table with their 2-year-old son, Kayim, sampling the offerings and gathering information both for themselves and for a community project. The family will be part of building a community garden at Masjid Al Taqwa.

“We wanted to see what grows well and get information,” Oluwole Simmons said.

Major Ryan LeBlanc, wife Petrina and daughter Rebecca dropped by to get gardening information for our area. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

Major Ryan LeBlanc, wife Petrina and daughter Rebecca dropped by to get gardening information for our area. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

Major Ryan LeBlanc, wife Petrina and daughter Rebecca are experienced gardeners and advocates fo the slow food lifestyle, but are new to the area and in need of planting information for our area.

“We eat organic and local as much as we can,” Petrina LeBlanc said. “We’re loving it.”

Organizers were thrilled with the public response and plan to make Greens on the Red an annual event.

“I think people are really interested in their health and growing things,” Peterson said. “It seems like people are learning more and more about what it takes to really have a healthy diet. Grow your own is really popular right now.  I hope we gave folks the information they needed to grow and prepare food In a healthy way.”

For more information on We Grow Together, go to http://wegrowtogether.org or  https://www.facebook.com/wegrowtother?ref=br_tf.

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