OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
We may have heat and mosquitos in Baton Rouge, but we’re also blessed to have beautiful surroundings and lush greenery everywhere. Much of the old growth and verdant landscaping is a natural part of the flora and fauna here in south Louisiana, but much of it is cultivated through hard work and attention to detail.
Mitch Mayes is the owner of Louisiana Nursery, which was established by Mitch’s father more than 33 years ago and today has three thriving locations around Baton Rouge. Louisiana Nursery specializes in gardening, lawncare and outdoor living and recently introduced three climate-controlled greenhouses at its Perkins Road location.
Allison Guidroz is co-owner of Fullness Organic Farm, which grows fresh, organic produce on a half-acre plot that was the site of the Old Longwood Plantation off Nicholson Drive near Gardere Lane. Allison and her husband, Grant, grow seasonal vegetables, which they sell at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market, as well as to local restaurants and even online.
This conversation will greatly demystify urban farming for you as well as surprise you with the logistics and economics of your local plant store.