The Lowe’s Hometowns program has committed to completing improvement projects in 100 hometowns across the country, and one of the projects selected was submitted by Keep Louisiana Beautiful Community Affiliate, Shreveport Green in Shreveport, Louisiana. Shreveport Green received $25,000 for their M.L.K. Community Garden project, involving the construction of a pergola, fencing, the painting of a large storage container, and the improvement of six vegetable beds.
On September 22, Lowe’s employees will join Shreveport Green volunteers to complete the project at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Legardy Street in the M.L.K. neighborhood. The once abandoned 1/2 acre lot was purchased by Caddo Parish, and for the past three years, Shreveport Green has been utilizing the space to develop a community garden and meeting place.
“The Lowe’s grant has enabled us to complete our original vision for the property,” says Chris Dupree, Community Gardens Network Manager for Shreveport Green. “With a pergola for gathering and presentations, picnic tables for eating, a colorful storage container for supplies, an orchard of fruit trees, and 30 beds for vegetables, we will be able to serve the community’s needs. Our Mobile Market van will begin regular stops at the pergola.”