Live Capitalized: Gardening at Home

Gardening and taking care of plants is a great hobby to get into while staying home and social distancing. Taking care of plants can help you relax during this stressful time and lucky for us, the Capital Region has plenty of resources to get started.  

  • Just because we’re social distancing, doesn’t mean we can’t adopt new plant babies! Many local plant businesses are open and offering curbside pickup of their merchandise including Baton Rouge Succulent CompanyD’s Garden CenterClegg’s Nursery, and Louisiana Nursery 
  • Use your spare time to start an herb or veggie garden that’ll let you spice up your home cooking. Check out these classic Cajun recipes from Baton Rouge’s Milford’s on Third that’ll let you put your new garden to good use. 
  • Get creative with your planters. Pottery, old cans, basketsanything can be a planter when prepared correctly! Think outside the box and bring some new beautifully handmade pieces to your home from local pottery favorites Pottery by Osa and FromMyKiln. 
  • Propagate the plants you already have so that you have little plants to share with your friends as small acts of kindness. Most plants can be propagated very easily, so do your research and get to work! Looking for a little advice? Read this 225 Magazine article about proper care for your plants. 

Flavor of the Week: Take and Make Food 

Looking to add some fun to dinnertime? Many local restaurants are offering take and bake meals to prepare with your family or family-sized catering meals. BLDG 5 is offering prepared meals that you can either pick up or get delivered right to your door. Cannatella’s Grocery is also preparing take and bake meals that are available for curbside pickup. For more ideas, check out 225 Magazine’s list of restaurants offering family meals. 

Workin’ It: BR Works at brac.org/recovery 

BR Works, an initiative of BRAC, was created to help connect people to local job opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The site lists job opportunities with local companies and compiles various resources for job seekers. Any company in the nine-parish region can have its open positions added to the site. Want to add an open position? Simply complete the Workforce Impact Form. 

In the “Workin’ It” section of the newsletter we feature exciting job opportunities and/or professional organizations in the Baton Rouge Area. The positions featured are from companies who are BRAC investors and not necessarily positions at BRAC. For more information about BRAC’s talent development program or to advertise an open position, email talent@brac.org. 

My Baton Rouge: Cane’s Employees Make Masks for Local Hospitals 

Baton Rouge born Raising Cane’s is no doubt a favorite in all of Louisiana. Delicious chicken tenders, perfect fries, and buttery toast, how could you not love it? But what happens when one of the company’s locations is forced to close? Did they send employees home? Nope, they turned to helping the community. During the pandemic, employees at its downtown Baton Rouge location, which was forced to close operations, were given the option to learn to sew and use the location’s dining room for producing cloth masks for local hospitals. Many employees jumped at the chance to help their community in a time of need. The team makes around 100 masks a day and a thousand masks have already been donated to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. 

Baton Rouge businesses giving back to the community in a time of need, that’s my Baton Rouge. 

In the “My Baton Rouge” section of the newsletter, we feature people or events that help tell the story of Baton Rouge. To submit an idea, email talent@brac.org. 

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