Aug 13, 2010 4:46 PM by Melissa Canone

Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Announces the Creation of Community Roots

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office announces the creation of Community Roots a collaborative project whose goal is to foster community ties and pride through the creation and maintenance of neighborhood food gardens.

Lafayette Community Roots is a partnership between The Sheriff's Office, Lafayette Consolidated Government, EarthShareGardens and others. Together, each partner supports the neighborhood's efforts with start-up land preparation, logistics and instruction.

The goal of LafayetteCommunity Roots is to grow healthy community pride as well as healthy food. A community garden is a place where people of all ages and economic backgrounds join together for the simple shared experience of growing food. This year, Lafayette Community Roots has set a goal of helping start two or three neighborhood gardens. "We have a couple of locations already in mind, but we are eager to see what other neighborhoods might be interested," says Julio Naudin of the Lafayette Sheriff's Office.

To this end Community Roots is looking for neighborhood and citizen groups or organizations that might be interested in starting a community garden. Those interested or in need of more information should contact Stacey Scarce at the Acadiana Park Nature Station - 337.291.8448 or at 412.9293 OR

As the project unfolds, Community Roots will also be soliciting the support of businesses, individuals and organizations who can contribute supplies such as seeds, plant seedlings, garden equipment, a variety of basic building materials that can be used to build a simple shed, drip irrigation or fencing for groups unable to provide their own.

For more details about the information in this press release, contact Julio Naudin, LPSO Corrections PIO at 337-280-4629 or by email at


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