Earthshare Gardens Fact Sheet
Producing organic food as our way of caring for ourselves, each other and Earth.
- Nurturing gardens since 2005, we grow healthy, organic food on 4 acres, fighting the injustice of Food Insecurity with each seedling planted and each vegetable harvested.
- Nearly 15% of Americans go hungry at some point each year. In Lafayette that number is closer to 13%, meaning
that more than 28,000 people in our community are Food Insecure and have faced periodic hunger, poor nutrition
and the uncertainty of knowing where your next meal will come from. (www.whyhunger.org &
A registered 501c-3 non-profit organization, Earthshare Gardens has been growing vegetables and giving to the
community since 2005.
- We produce high quality, chemical free, naturally grown fruits and vegetables
- We leverage the demand for local organic produce to grow and donate healthy food to those who are most in need.
- We provide educational and inspirational experiences to the youth and adults of our community
We are an incubator for innovative community garden programs. Earthshare Gardens facilitates and initiates new garden
ideas to benefit our Lafayette community.
- Our Community Roots program offers advice and resources to help start school, neighborhood, after-school and community gardens around Acadiana
- In 2013 alone, The Greater Acadiana Foodbank received more than 3,000lbs of fresh vegetables, grown in their dedicated “Come Grow with Me” Garden, founded in 2012 at Earthshare Gardens
- The “H.A.L.T. Giving Garden” is an innovative partnership that provides at-risk teens with a hands-on gardening and community service experience, led by counselors from the juvenile drug court program of the 15th Judicial District Court. Supported by Earthshare Gardens from 2010-2014
Our gardens harness the generosity of this community; volunteers drive our successes and extend our impact.
- We have planted and facilitated three After School Gardens between 2011-2013, involving more than 50 elementary children in growing good food
- Our Donation Garden was started in 2006 by a class from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau and has been maintained and expanded by succeeding groups of dedicated volunteers.
- Our fresh food donations have gone to FoodNet, St Joseph’s Diner, Second Harvest, Salvation Army, Acadiana CARES and Faith Hose
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture – Participating families or individuals pay a subscription fee at the start of the growing season and receive a box of food each week for the following 5 months.
We offer two seasons a year, 5 months long each.
- Participation in our CSA supports our extraordinary giving. Only ½ of the food produced in our gardens goes to CSA shareholders, the rest goes to local soup kitchens, food banks and community members.
You can get involved! Volunteer your time, Donate money or Share your ideas!
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