To celebrate the hard work of The Red River Parish Jr. Leaders, LSU AgCenter employees, Susan Wilson, Master Gardner, Red River inmates and other community volunteers a “Block Party” was held on Friday, June 8, 2012 at the Red River Community garden site. The garden is located on the land provided by the Red River Police Jury at the corner of Court Street and Carrolton behind the AgCenter office and parish jail. The garden project has been made possible by a $10,000 grant from Encana Oil & Gas, Inc. Without Encana this project would never been possible. Everyone in the community was invited to attend the party to enjoy viewing the garden, eat cake & cool off with a “free” snow cone from Coach Nash’s Snowballs. Eighty-eight snow cones were enjoyed by attendees. Members of the community are welcome to enjoy the produce of the garden but are encouraged to check-in with the LSU AgCenter office on the second floor (above the Health Unit) of the Courthouse Administration Building before/after picking. “We really need help in keeping the garden watered and we may need to give the vegetables on certain days to designated organizations”, said Terry Foster, 4-H Agent for Red River Parish. “We would also like to talk to people of the community that are enjoying the fresh vegetables to see how they are using them in recipes at home”, said Foster. “We also have many brochures on the benefits of using fresh produce as well as tips for preparing them for consumption or preservation.” It was very hot on June 8, 2012, so we really enjoyed the snow cones and a great time was had by all attendees.