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Garden project cultivates discovery in Opelousas

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This isn't just any garden, it's a place for discovery. 

"We're going to grow stuff, we're going to do art....this 'before I die' wall is to get people thinking about where they want to go in life and not leaving this space to just exist and really enjoying what they're doing." 

Amber Pickney started the Indigo Natives Discovery Garden as part of a service project for school. Her hope is that it helps bring the people of Opelousas together and starts a real conversation about community.

"That disconnect is what's drawing us apart." 

For over a month Amber has been working sun up to sundown building the garden. And while people seemed interested, it wasn't until the wall went up that people really started showing an interest. 

"People ride through here...when i first started they just kind of look like, 'what's going on.'" Now those people are asking if she needs help or donations. 

"I always tell myself to write something down and you make a plan...because if you don't have a plan you forget where you're going."

That want for something better for the kids in her community is what keeps Amber going.

"Figure out what you want to do in life...don't sit around and say there's nothing. Think about where you want to go."  

As Amber continues paving her own path, she says she can't wait to see what discovery those involved in the project make next.

Those interested in donating to the project can visit the garden located at 608 Augustus Street in Opelousas, visit their Facebook page, or call Amber at 

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