LSU biology student grows community service through gardening

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- LSU senior Will DelaBretonne is doing his part in giving back by growing a community garden.

The student was inspired to giveback when he watched his mother work closely with residents in shelters. DelaBretonne is currently working as an agriculture consultant, he then combined the two situations together, a community garden.

“I knew that it’s not expensive to buy things, like a pack of seeds, which, you know, can turn into a basket of vegetables,” he said. “I was trying to find a way to giveback.”

He brought the idea to campus and began a student organization, Geaux Green LSU.

“I just want to get as many people involved in the LSU community to help give back to the local Baton Rouge community. I feel like that is something we overlook a lot as college students.”

The organization donated bags full of fresh produce to the Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center in Baton Rouge. Items donated included onions, mustard greens and lettuce.

“It was just awesome to see their reaction just like, they actually wanted what we were giving them. They said they don’t get much donations of fresh vegetables so to be able to provide them with something like that, was really cool,” DelaBretonne said.

He says the goal for Geaux Green LSU is to bring a community garden to the shelters campus to ensure the residents have access to fresh produce.

The students have a garden at University Baptist Church and Greenwell Springs.

“I would just love to bring this to as many people as I possibly can,” he said. “The great thing about this project is that it’s scalable. It’s not expensive to build a garden, and it’s not too much time to maintain.”

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