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Feb 7, 2014 7:59 AM by Elizabeth Hill

Produce farmers work together to bring more local food to Acadiana

"You fail sometimes, some work, some don't, but you're always trying to improve, to get better."

Paul Lyles, David Klier and Brady Brouillette have varying backgrounds and levels of experience when it comes to produce farming, but there's one common denominator.

"We all really love what we're doing and we take care to do it in the best way possible," says Lyles.

The three work together, helping each other plant and harvest crops and sharing resources.

"It's either experience, land or equipment and those are all things that we can share," says Klier.

"It keeps us from having to spend thousands of dollars on another tractor or another disc," Brouillette.

By working more efficiently, all three men are able to yield more produce while keeping prices reasonable. They each operate their own farms, but Lyles and Klier go as far as to share land for certain crops.

"One of his issues was that he had some land that he just wasn't able to get to, to work, and I'm limited on land, so I said how about we team up together and maybe I can help out with your place and we can get more land under production and then also jointly work together on marketing the produce that we grow," says Klier.

It's a labor of love as each day is spent planting, tending and harvesting crops to prepare for Saturday markets. Their goal is simple- to bring fresh, local, nutritious produce to as many people possible.

"We all love it, we wouldn't want to be doing anything else," says Brouilletet.

You can find Up to Grow Good, Helping Hands and Cenla Produce Farms each Saturday at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm.

This is just one of Acadiana's great farmer's markets you can visit on a Saturday.

Click here for a list of all the places you can find local produce in Acadiana.

 

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