Some recent developments from our organic gardening buddies over at EarthShare Gardens include a new location and a much expanded garden. The gardens have been transplanted to four acres between the Family Dollar shopping center on Carmel Avenue and the Holy Family Apartments on Louisiana Avenue. The new entrance is off Louisiana Avenue (go slow because it is still difficult to see), between the light at Carmel and the Holy Family Apartments, across from the golf course.
If you are interested in your own vegetable plot, EarthShare has community garden space. For a small seasonal fee, you can garden your own plot of earth, hang out with like-minded individuals, use the tiller, and ask questions. It’s time to get seeds into the ground for all of those summer delights — eggplants, tomatoes, all kinds of peppers, cucumbers and squash, basil, tomatoes, sunflowers, marigolds, tithonias, and beans. The Community Gardens Coordinator, an organic grower for many years, will be on site just about every Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.
The Donation Garden is beginning to take shape. Its mission it to provide fresh, nutritious, organic produce to soup kitchens, diners and shelters. The Community Roots Project is working to start neighborhood gardens in areas around town that may not have access to fresh produce (much less organic), and may not have the sunlight, the space, the tools or the skills to grow a garden themselves.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.