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Nutrien presents the second installment of the Greauxing Gardens grant to program representatives. From left are Stephanie Gravios, assistant 4-H Extension agent, Ascension Parish; Kiki Fontenot, LSU AgCenter; Camille Brady, assistant 4-H Extension agent, Ascension Parish; Misty Bonfanti, Nutrien human recourses specialist; and Richard Babin, Ascension Parish Master Gardener.


Nutrien has provided a $10,000 grant for the Greauxing Gardens program to enter its second year in several Ascension Parish primary and middle schools.

Nutrien, previously known as PCS Nitrogen, is a subsidiary of Potash Corporation of Canada. The company provided the initial $30,000 grant to get the program off the ground.

LSU Agricultural Center vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot coordinates the Greauxing Gardens program with Ascension Parish Master Gardeners serving as advisers to the participating schools.

As the school year has progressed, students and teachers have already planted their gardens and are actively working with their crops, a news release said. Through gardening, students learn that planting seeds provides the potential for the children to help feed their families and friends.

Lakeside Primary School, Galvez Middle School and St. Amant Primary School are working on rebuilding their school gardens, which were wiped out during the flood of August 2016.