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Claire Prymus, Founder and President of the Ben Johnson Educational Center (BDJ Center). Most recently, Ms. Prymus participated in the Farmer's Training Program: Cultivating Small Farm Success provided by Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) where she gained skills on how to cultivate a small farm with success, farm start-up tools, right sizing operations and production tips for market growers. This was to prepare herself to oversee the development of the now Legacy Community Garden, under the BDJ Center.
Ms. Prymus gained a love for local, healthy, food as a child growing up on a farm where she was able to cultivate and harvest fruits and vegetables and cared for chickens and pigs. While living in California, her love of food prompted her to start her own catering business, Creole Catering, where she offered healthy versions of favorite Louisiana dishes. Ms. Prymus has a wealth of knowledge gained from starting and running multiple businesses in foodservice, recruitment, and housing. When she returned to Natchitoches in 2003, she recognized there was limited access to, and education about, healthy foods in her community. She asked herself; “How can I fix this problem?” In 2017, she founded the BDJ Center to honor her late uncle, Mr. Ben D. Johnson, who made a significant impact on the Natchitoches community. In honor of his spirit of giving and supporting community, the BDJ Center addresses food access, unemployment and underemployment issues in Natchitoches, all important factors in driving positive health outcomes; all while providing workforce development training to at risk youth.
She has 20 years of experience in project management, consulting, strategy development, planning and relationship management.
Grambling State University, B.A., Secondary Education – 1980