Speakers to champion urban gardening

Thursday, April 14, 2016
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Two speakers who are founders of area urban gardening programs will speak about their experiences April 18 and 20 at Southeastern Louisiana University.
    Jamal Elhayek, founder of Supporting Urban Agriculture (SUANOLA), an urban farm in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, will speak April 18; Emily Mickley-Doyle, cofounder of Sustainable Produce Reaching Our Urban Table (SPROUT), a community garden teaching project located in New Orleans’ Treme-Mid-City neighborhoods, will speak on April 20.
    Both lectures are scheduled at 3 p.m. at Southeastern’s Friendship Oak, located on Ken McGehee Drive. The presentations are free and open to the public.
    The lectures, part of Southeastern’s Sustainability and Earth Awareness Week, are sponsored by Reconnect Southeastern, a student organization that promotes the use of locally grown, healthy and sustainable food products.
    Reconnect will also sponsor its seasonal farmers market on April 20 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Student Union. The market features food sales from area farmers, food samples, arts and crafts, homemade soaps, all-natural bath and beauty products, pottery and more.

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