Earth Share Gardens
Since its formation, EarthShare Gardens has benefited many people in different ways. The gardens have provided fresh local organic food to shareholders, vegetable donations to those in need of food, gardening as horticulture therapy and a place to grow your own vegetables to community gardeners.

The garden consists of:

1) A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Garden – individuals and families purchase a subscription share which helps to fund the operation of the garden each growing season. The subscription shares pay for the part-time Garden Manager’s contract salary, garden supplies and equipment. In return, shareholder members receive fresh, organic produce as it is harvested. There are over 1,000 CSAs operating in the U.S. EarthShare Gardens was the first CSA in the Acadiana area. CSAs allow members to decide their own level of participation. EarthShare Gardens has members at all levels of participation including simply picking up their share biweekly, volunteering in the garden and serving on the Board of Directors. The CSA garden has been extremely successful, so much so that, the demand for shares far outweighs the supply available.
2) A Community Garden – garden plots are rented out seasonally to allow individuals to have their own garden plot within a larger Community Garden. Community Gardeners usually have limited place to garden at their home or are living in an Apartment Complex or have limited sun area in their yards.  Community Gardeners have use of tools, tiller, supplies, rain water and compost.  They sign a contract that states they will refrain from using chemical pesticides/herbicides in the garden.
3) A Donation Garden – this section of  the garden provides donations of fresh vegetables to local soup kitchens and local food banks.  One of the goals is to get fresh vegetables into the homes of low income elderly and families by donating to local food banks.  Volunteers from throughout the community work in the donation garden.  The donation garden impacts not only those who receive vegetables from it, but also the volunteers who work in it knowing that the fruits of their labor will be providing food to someone in need.

Contact Earth Share Gardens

1508 Louisiana Ave.
Lafayette, Louisiana  70501


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Louisiana

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