At 88 years old, a lifelong Lafourche Parish resident is giving back to his community in an immense way.
Jim Boulet is a retired crawfish farmer who now spends his days growing turnips and pumpkins for Second Harvest Food Bank.
In 2011, Boulet drained his crawfish farm and began planting turnips by the thousands.
“I decided that I would begin to give to Second Harvest when I saw an ad that said they were short on food,” Boulet said.
Since then, he has donated an average of 100,000 to 150,000 pounds of food to the local chapter of Feeding America every year.
“Mr. Boulet has been an amazing volunteer for many years,” Second Harvest President and CEO Natalie Jayroe said. “He is making such a difference.”
He was honored at a Nov. 8 Thanksgiving meal for seniors sponsored by Second Harvest, Peoples Health and the Terrebonne Area Council on Aging for his significant contributions to the community.
But Boulet hasn’t stopped with just turnips. During the summer he began planting a variety of pumpkins called Cashaws.
While the crop was small this year, weighing in at about 17,000 pounds, it will continue to grow and provide food for those in need.
Much of this year’s harvest was donated to Houston after Hurricane Harvey wiped out the area, Boulet said.
“I’ve been a businessman and I no longer need money,” he said simply. “It’s a great feeling to produce food for people who can’t supply themselves.”
Boulet donates his crops exclusively to Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves 23 parishes in south Louisiana.
During the two-month-long harvest season, Second Harvest will roll up to the farm in Larose with 18-wheeler trucks, fill them up and take the produce to the New Orleans or Lafayette facilities.
To accomplish such a task, Boulet calls on volunteers throughout the community to harvest the crops by hand, eliminating the cost of heavy machinery. It makes the process slow, but the rewards are huge.
Information about Second Harvest and how to volunteer can be found at http://no-hunger.org.
-- Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @gingerale214.
Posted on Tue, November 28, 2017
by By Julia Arenstam Daily Comet Staff Writer