At Red Stick Mom, we are on a journey to continuously learn about the importance of supporting our neighbors in marginalized communities where disparity is far too prevalent, specifically in the black community. We’ve been happy to share in supporting various black-owned local businesses and are having conversations with our kids about race. We want to continue to show support which is why are highlighting local organizations who are working diligently to serve our neighbors of color in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Our hope is to raise awareness about the great work they are already doing and share it with others. We are excited to put the spotlight on Sweet Jones Farms.
J’Quincy Jones started out about three years ago mainly looking for a way to help others have access to fresh food.
“I grew up in the country playing in sugar cane fields in Plaquemine and Brusly. Our journey started because the quality of food that is available for the people is built for shelf life, not our life.”
What does Sweet Jones Farms do in the community?
“We have actually started the very first farm to kitchen curriculum at Villa Del Rey Elementary. We teach kids not only farming, but how to cook healthy meals fresh from farm to table. It also includes a mini kitchen and a 12 month culinary curriculum that teachers can teach. This helps the school and the community because the produce we grow at the schools, we sell to the local community.”
Our mission is to change the perspective on people associating “food” with grocery stores. The mission is to connect someone to their local farmer.
How you can support Sweet Jones Farms
People can support Sweet Jones Farms and their work in the community by volunteering during their events with the kids and the local community. Due to COVID-19, events have been limited but follow them for updates.
If you’re interested in nominating an organization to be featured in our Red Stick Be The Change Spotlight, please email us at [email protected]