Inglewood Farms is a treasured Cenla tourist destination that has been an important agricultural influence since its founding in 1836. Less than 100 years after its founding, Inglewood became one of the first farms in Central Louisiana to transition to professional farming from sharecropping.
The Keller family took over the farm in the 1940’s, and since taking ownership the family has worked hard to convert all of the farmland into sustainable agriculture use. The farmland is mainly used for commercial production of corn and soybeans, but it also has a beautiful pecan grove, registered nature preserve, and leased pastureland.
The Keller family’s mission is to protect and maintain our natural resources through the use of sustainable farmland, developing farming professionals with learning programs for their employees, and provide their consumers with certified organic, locally grown produce and conscientious meat goods. Always fresh seasonal goods can be found at Inglewood’s Barn Market, and at the Alexandria’s Farmer’s Market.
Inglewood Farms also hosts an annual 5k run and 1mile fun walk to raise funds for The Good Food Project of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. The Good Food Project is a community garden network dedicated to feeding, educating, and connecting children with healthier food options and healthier lifestyles through education and community partnerships. Since its start, the program has helped creat over 75 active school and community garden program sites in Central Louisiana.
For the second year in a row in support of Inglewood Farms and The Good Food Project, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault sponsored the 5k event, and NBA employees Heather Blalock and Ashton Brinkley showed their support by participating in the 1-mile fun walk. At 8am on April 21st, the whistle sounded as participants took off for a 5k run around the scenic Inglewood property.
At 8:30am, the 1-mile walkers lined up for a walk down the road alongside the farm’s beautiful rolling pastures. After each race was completed, participants and spectators enjoyed shopping for goods and produce from the Harvest Barn Market and local vendors. Some of the vendors included Hailie’s Tamales, locally renowned for her tamales packed with flavor, and Cajun Gold Honey Farm from Marksville, LA. They were selling locally-made honey alongside their production team – a glass case of their prized honey bees, hard at work! The event was a success, and NBA was pleased to have been a part of fundraising for The Good Food Project.