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Baton Roots Farm and Public Art Program Collide

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

Freshly primed Utility Yard fence at BREC Howell Park

The Baton Roots farm at BREC’s Howell Park is about to get a lot more colorful!

The newly constructed utility yard has been a game-changer for the farm team. And now, with the help of some volunteers, it’s going to incorporate the foundational work that launched The Walls Project over a decade ago.

“We are going to be painting the fences to add to the beautification of the park as well as highlight the Baton Roots program,” said Ashli Ognelodh, Artist in Residence.

The collaboration is made possible thanks to a public grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as matching support from the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, BREC, and Republic Recycling.

“This mural will incorporate bright colors, food that's grown at the community farm, and Louisiana native plants and animals,” Ognelodh explained. “The artist is Skinny Dope.”

Mockup of design by Skinny Dope

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge will get the ball rolling on Friday, February 17. An open volunteer event will happen on Saturday, February 18. The complete project will be finished before the end of the month.

The next Sow Good Saturday will be held on Saturday, March 4. We invite you to come out to celebrate the completion of the mural. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon. Activities will include gardening, light movement, and a healthy cooking demonstration by Chef Traci Vincent.

Notes on Howell Park:

  • Address: 5509 Winbourne Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70805

  • Enter the park on Winbourne Ave. Turn right, and follow the driveway past the construction.

  • Park in the lots near the basketball court. You will see the large white storage pod and Baton Roots farm and garden sites in between the parking lot and Winbourne Ave.

  • Meet by the storage pod 10-15 minutes before your shift begins

If you appreciate the work being done by The Walls Project, please consider becoming a reoccurring contributor. To learn more about ways you can contribute, CLICK HERE.

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