Another Successful Community Collaboration!
When Judge Michael D. Clement first took office one of his missions was to facilitate community collaboration in an effort to improve the lives of Plaquemines Parish residents. On September 20th, another of Judge Clement’s visions was accomplished with the building of a community garden. Through a partnership with the Belle Chasse YMCA, Phillips 66, Keep America Beautiful and numerous local businesses and organizations, Plaquemines Parish is growing its first community garden whereby parish residents can gather fresh vegetables and herbs in return for their help in maintaining the garden. Additionally, the garden can be used as a teaching tool for children in Plaquemines Parish schools. The garden is located at the YMCA in Belle Chasse and is planted with numerous vegetables and herbs. Judge Clement’s vision was brought to life through a garden design drafted by Kristi Rivero of the Belle Chasse Garden Club and would not have been possible without the collaboration, efforts, services and donations from the YMCA for the location; Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery and Keep America Beautiful for funding of the project, Louisiana Young Artists, Young Authors (LaYaYa), Southern Gateway Garden Center, Jeaunfreau’s Hardware, Riverside Fence, Fortmayer Soil, Mallard Homes, Louisiana Landscape Specialty, Inc., Subway, Domino’s Pizza and the 25th Judicial Court Department of Youth and Family Services. A special “thank you” goes out to all of the volunteers who worked on September 20th to build the garden from ground up! This community garden is a testament to the power of collaboration.
The community garden is planted with a variety of vegetables and herbs. Plaquemines Parish residents are invited to gather fresh herbs and veggies in return for their help in maintaining the garden.