The South Garden Project is a grassroots organization founded by two LSU students in 2008.  After working in South Baton Rouge through LSU's "Summer Experience" program, Stephanie Elwood and Marguerite Green created SGP to help build and maintain more community gardens there.  In their words:

The south garden project is a grass roots volunteer organization that works to provide fresh food to food deserts in Baton Rouge, La. A food desert is any area that lacks access to produce stands or grocery stores within reasonable walking distance. We create gardens, teach classes on gardening and cooking and create a source of fresh food in the neighborhood.

Green, Elwood, area residents of all ages, neighborhood garden advocates at each garden site, service-learning students from LSU classes, and many others came together through SGP to help build and/or maintain many gardens in South Baton Rouge.  Some of those gardens are affiliated with the BRGA today.

After completing their degrees at LSU, Elwood and Green moved on to urban agriculture careers.  However, they remain a part of what is going on in South Baton Rouge.  Elwood, for example, through her work with Southern University, continues to support, visit, work, and teach at area community gardens regularly.

south garden project video!


Tiger TV segment on SGP



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