Garden promotes healthy living in Iberia Parish - KLFY News 10

Garden promotes healthy living in Iberia Parish

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New things are happening in New Iberia. A hydroponic community garden was constructed on South Hopkins Street.

The overall goal for the garden is to bring the community together and raise the consciousness of healthy living and active lifestyles in Iberia Parish. Once the lettuce, radish and other winter greens grow, the produce will be on sale at the local farmers market. All things grown in the greenhouse are nourished the a hydroponic system.

"Which means it just uses water and nutrients to feed the plants. And we're setting up a co-op for members of the community to come and participate in making fresh produce happen in the area and then selling it and distributing in the community." said Phanat Xanamane

This project is funded by Funds for Gulf communities, and it's primary responsibility is to impact those affected by the oil spill in the Gulf.

"This is about economic and community development. This is a best life Iberia certified garden project. It's about healthy living and community development all-in-one." said Marti Harrell.

With the health and natural foods industry increasing so rapidly, there are great benefits to growing in the community garden

"Being able to grow it year-round is what the hydroponic systems are really a very integral part." said Harrell.

Getting the entire project to this point all came together in about ninety days. Phanat believes that's because of the support from the community.

"It all came really from the vision of the overall community. So many people in Iberia Parish have been wishing for this kind of project to happen. So all of the resources really lined up from various stakeholders to come together and make this happen." said Phanat.

Members of the Iberia Community Garden have set up a Facebook to keep you up to date with their progress. If you're interested in volunteering, applications are available.

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