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Creating Art Signs at Baton Roots Community Farm



Nestled in the heart of BREC Howell Park, the Baton Roots Community Farm is a beacon of sustainability, community, and now, vibrant art. Recently, a unique project brought an infusion of color and creativity to the farm: the repainting of old yard signs, transforming them into wayfinding and identification signs for the garden plots. This initiative not only beautified the space but also celebrated the spirit of community and the importance of art in everyday life.


A Canvas in the Garden

Baton Roots Community Farm has always been a place of growth and connection. From fresh produce to educational programs, the farm serves as a hub for the local community. However, the recent addition of painted signs has added a new dimension to the farm's atmosphere.


The idea was simple yet impactful: take old yard signs that had seen better days and repurpose them as colorful guides for visitors. Volunteers and local artists came together, armed with paintbrushes and vibrant palettes, ready to transform these signs into works of art. Each sign, now adorned with unique designs and bright colors, not only directs visitors to various parts of the farm but also tells a story of creativity and collaboration.


"Art can be collaborated into anything you do... Whether you're seeing it or creating it, art adds so much to our everyday lives." said partnering artist, Darrionne Ellis.

The Art of Wayfinding

Wayfinding signs are essential in helping visitors navigate the farm's expansive grounds. The new signs serve a dual purpose: they provide clear directions and identification for garden plots while enhancing the visual appeal of the farm. Each sign is a unique piece of art, reflecting the diverse talents and perspectives of the artists who created them.


The repainting project also provided an opportunity for volunteers to engage with the farm in a new way. It was a chance to leave a lasting mark on the space, contributing to the farm's aesthetic and functional landscape. The process was as much about community building as it was about art, with volunteers sharing stories, ideas, and laughter as they worked.


Cultivating Community Through Creativity

The repainting project aligns perfectly with Baton Roots Community Farm's mission of fostering community and sustainability. Art has a unique way of bringing people together, and this project was no exception. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds participated, united by a common goal of enhancing their beloved community farm.


The newly painted signs have already made a noticeable impact. Visitors are greeted with bursts of color and creativity as they explore the farm, adding an element of surprise and delight to their experience. The signs not only serve as practical guides but also as conversation starters, drawing attention to the importance of art in public spaces.




A Lasting Legacy

The impact of the repainting project extends beyond the immediate visual transformation. It serves as a reminder of the power of community and the importance of coming together to create something beautiful. The signs are a testament to the collective effort and dedication of the volunteers and artists who contributed their time and talents.


As the garden plots continue to flourish, so too will the vibrant signs that guide visitors through Baton Roots Community Farm. This project has sown seeds of creativity and collaboration, cultivating a sense of pride and ownership among those who call the farm their own.


In the heart of Baton Rouge, at BREC Howell Park, the Baton Roots Community Farm stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when a community comes together with a shared vision. The repainted signs are more than just wayfinding tools; they are symbols of unity, creativity, and the enduring spirit of the Baton Roots community.


Whether you're a seasoned volunteer or a first-time visitor, we invite you to come and experience the beauty and creativity that now adorns Baton Roots Community Farm.


Together, we can continue to grow, connect, and create a vibrant future for our community.

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