Kale is planted in the new community garden at MLK Health Center. The first cooking demonstration in the garden last week showed how to make kale chips, in partnership with Shreveport Green's Mobile Markets program.
Credit Kate Archer Kent
Shreveport charity health clinic, the MLK Health Center and Pharmacy, has developed a community garden and outdoor exercise area adjacent to its building.
The Everyday Choices Community Garden and Learning Center was made possible through a $35,966 donation from energy giant BHP Billiton. A check presentation was held Tuesday in the garden. The move will further expand MLK Health Center’s services, according to executive director Janet Mentesane.
Scores of volunteers will take to the streets and waterways Saturday to pick up litter as part of the Great American Cleanup.
In Louisiana, 15 chapters of Keep Louisiana Beautiful have organized clean-up efforts. Shreveport Green executive director Donna Curtis says her organization has rallied nearly 1,200 volunteers from dozens of organizations to help the beautification cause, her largest ever one-day volunteer recruitment.
Over the past 24 years of Shreveport Green’s existence, according to Curtis, this one day has made a measurable difference.
A leading public garden designer from New York will come to Shreveport to address what the city can do to improve its landscaping on a shoestring budget. Lynden Miller speaks at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 11:30 a.m. The organization Shreveport Green is hosting her talk. It comes as Shreveport embarks on a citywide beautification program.