Grace Peterson

KATE ARCHER KENT

A food system expert who helps communities improve access to locally-grown food has completed a market study of the Ark-La-Tex.

Kate Archer Kent

An initiative to create a healthy regional food system for the Ark-La-Tex is the motivation behind an event Sunday in Shreveport called “Greens on the Red.” 

The event will recognize the wide variety of greens that can grow in this region. The first “Greens on the Red” will showcase 18 greens, according to LSU Extension Agent Grace Peterson. She says she hopes to demonstrate that growing leafy vegetables doesn’t have to mean planting a high-maintenance garden.

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About 25 teenagers from the Stoner Hill neighborhood of Shreveport will show off their summer vegetable garden harvest today with a food tasting event at Valencia Community Center. LSU AgCenter extension agent Grace Peterson created a program called the Food Initiative Taskforce for Kids. Peterson's 10-week curriculum shows how to create a healthy food system from seed to harvest. She'll present her work at a food access summit  in Baton Rouge later this year.