LSU Awarded NEA Grant for Baton Roots Community Farm Project

Baton Roots Community Farm, LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio

Baton Roots Community Farm opened last year in North Baton Rouge as a restorative landscape to support healthy lifestyles, mental welfare and environmental security. With recent support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio will partner with the nonprofit organization The Walls Project, which operates Baton Roots Community Farm at BREC Howell Park, and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s HealthyBR initiative, to develop a comprehensive master plan and site design for the 115-acre site. LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio faculty and students will lend their expertise in design and engineering to help develop the plan with the local community, BREC and Build Baton Rouge, the parish’s redevelopment authority.

“The LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio will facilitate design studios where our students and faculty will work collaboratively with artists and design consultants to help develop a master plan for the Baton Roots Community Farm. Our intention is to help this valuable community space expand in scope from urban agriculture to creative place making by incorporating public art with community gardening, green infrastructure and urban ecology,” said Nicholas Serrano, LSU assistant professor of Landscape Architecture, who is a principal investigator for the project.

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