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Name: Kathryn Fontenot
Title: Asst. Professor and Extension Specialist
Specialization: Home, Community, School Gardens & Farmer's Markets
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Department: School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
Organization: LSU AgCenter
Address 1: 163 J. C. Miller, LSU AgCenter
Address 2: Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone Number: (225) 578-2417
Fax Number: (225) 578-1068

Education/Training
B.S. in Psychology, Minor in Horticulture 2003, Louisiana State University
M.S. in Horticulture, 2005, Louisiana State University
Ph.D. in Horticulture, Minor in Toxicology 2009, Louisiana State University
Areas of Specialization/Research
  • School vegetable program, coordinate and develop activities for the model children’s garden, host teacher/ agent workshops, write state wide school garden newsletter, develop school garden publications on growing and maintaining gardens
  • Home vegetable program, provide lectures for various garden shows and symposiums, provide Master Gardener training, conduct vegetable variety trials, conduct basic applied research in home garden aspects such as container gardening
  • Commercial vegetable program, conduct variety demonstrations, host field days, coordinate activities of the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Serve as the LSU AgCenter State SARE PDP Leader
Professional Experience

LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA., 12/2009-Present
Assistant Professor – School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Science

  • Developed school and community garden programs statewide
  • Partnered with county extension agents to develop programs/ trainings for home gardeners
  • Implemented vegetable evaluation plots
  • Secretary, Louisiana State Horticulture Society (LSHS)
  • Secretary, Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (LFVGA)
  • State lead, Louisiana SARE program

LSU – School of Plant Environment and Soil Science, Baton Rouge, LA., 01/2006 to 07/2009
Graduate Assistant

  • Developed and implemented greenhouse pilot studies for phytoremediation trials
  • Managed a phytoremediation grant with Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Georgia Gulf, and Professional Service Industries
  • Conducted laboratory analysis using GC/MS on air, water, and soil samples

LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA., 01/2006 to 06/2006
Extension Associate – School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Science

  • Developed and implemented grants including the Department of Natural Resource “Youth Wetlands Week” grant and “America’s Wetland Conservation Corps” grant

Ville Platte High School, Ville Platte, La., 08/2005 to 12/2005
Teacher

  • Instructed seventh grade Life Science courses
  • Served as the junior high and high school 4-H moderator

Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, Baton Rouge, La., 06/2003 to 05/2005
Graduate Assistant

  • Conducted horticulture/wetland education research in southern Louisiana
  • Developed a wetland plant identification manual for the ‘Coastal Roots’ website
  • Assisted with several Sea Grant funded educational programs
Awards/Grants

School/ Home/ Community Garden Initiative

Granting Agency: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
Research Initiative: Develop training and activities for home gardeners, school gardens and community gardens in Louisiana
Funds Requested: $50,000
Length of Project: 1 year
Investigators: Kathryn Fontenot, Jeff Kuehny

School Butterfly Garden Workshop

Granting Agency: LSU AgCenter Innovation Grant Funds
Research Initiative: Develop training and activities for horticulture and 4H agents who work with school gardens
Funds Requested: $5,000
Length of Project: 1 year
Investigators: Kathryn Fontenot

Model School/Children’s Garden at Burden Center

Granting Agency: Irene and C.B. Pennington Foundation
Research Initiative: Developing a model school garden for the LSU AgCenter.
Funds Requested: $33,259
Length of Project: 1 year
Investigators: Kathryn Fontenot and Jeff Kuehny

Sustainable Vegetable and Fruit Production

Granting Agency: United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Grant
Research Initiative: Grow variety trials of strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers for collecting research data on varieties that do well in Louisiana, monitor insect and disease damage, and yield data.
Funds Requested: $124,622
Length of Project: 3 years
Investigators: Kathryn Fontenot (P.I.), Jeff Kuehny, Carl Motsenbocker, Charles Johnson, Roger Hinson, Alan Morgan, Dennis Ring, Don Ferrin

Growing a Garden 101

Granting Agency: EPA
Research Initiative: Teaching educators how to connect the garden to the classroom.
Funds Requested: $58,000
Length of Project: 1 year
Investigators: Kathryn Fontenot

Publications/Presentations/Patents

Research Publications

Fontenot, Kathryn. 2009. The feasibility of using select landscape species for phytoremediation of cumene and 4-cumylphenol contaminated groundwater. A Dissertation. Louisiana State University. pp 1-241.

Karsh, Kathryn. 2005. Integrating Horticulture Biology and Coastal Environmental Issues into the Middle School Science Curriculum. A Thesis. Louisiana State University. pp 1-218.

Karsh, K., E. Bush, P. Blanchard, and J. Hinson. Integrating horticulture biology and environmental coastal issues into the middle school science curriculum. Hort Technology 2009 19:813-817.

Bush, Edward, Allen Owings and Kathryn Fontenot. 2008. Amending Recycled Hardwood Waste Products for Production of Acid Loving Nursery Plants. HortScience 43(3):611-612.

Beasley, J., G. Munshaw, R. Strahan and K. Fontenot. Influence of sand topdressing on thatch decomposition of two bermudagrass species. International Turfgrass Soc. Research J. 2013 12:1-8.

Abstracts

Karsh, K., E.W. Bush, D. Lindstedt, and P. Blanchard. 2004. Integrating horticulture into middle school science curriculums to satisfy educational standards. HortScience 39: 810.

Karsh, K. L. And E. W. Bush. 2005. Horticulture in a can. HortScience. 40:870.

Bush, Edward, Jeffrey Beasley, Kathryn Fontenot, Allen Owings. 2009. Phytoremediation of New Orleans Soils Using Urban Horticulture Plants. Hort Science. p. 2259.

Fontenot, K., E. Bush, R. Portier, and C. Johnson. 2008. Determining the effects of contaminated water on germination of radicle length of three species. 43(3):1269.

Karsh, K., and E.W. Bush. 2005. Horticulture in a can. HortScience 40: 870.

Karsh, Kathryn. 2004. Integrating horticulture into middle school science curriculums to satisfy educational standards. ASHS Hort Educator Interviews.

Bush, E. W., J. S. Beasley, K. Fontenot, and A. Owings. 2009. Phytoremediation of New Orleans soils using urban horticulture plants. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 44:1045.

Fontenot, K. E. Bush, P. Wilson, R. Portier, and M. Walsh. 2010. The feasibility of using six landscape species for the phytoremediation of cumene and 4-cumylphenol. HortScience 45:S158.

Gillett, C., E. Bush, K. Fontenot, M. Walsh and P. Blanchard. 2012. Creating a Horticultural Curriculum Addressing Environmental Concerns. HortSci. 47:S175.

Afton, W. K. Fontenot, C. Motsenbocker, J. Kuehny. 2012. Lettuce Yields and Metabolites Found in 45 Cultivars grown Under Best Management Practices. ASHS Annual Meeting Abstracts 2012.

Fontenot, Kathryn. Preaching Local Food Production to Homeowners. ASHS Annual Meeting Abstracts 2012.

Fontenot, Kathryn. Impacts and Lessons Learned from the Growing a Garden 101 School Garden Project. ASHS Annual Meeting Abstracts 2012.

Fontenot, K. 2013. Using Electronic Newsletters to Communicate with the School Garden Community. Amer. Soc. Hort Sci. in prep.

Trade Articles and Reports

Karsh, K., E. Bush, P. Blanchard, and J. Hinson. Horticulture in a can: improving student grades and attitudes toward the environment. Louisiana Agriculture, Spring 2005 48:29

Fontenot, K., D. Gill, and J. Boudreaux. "Steps to growing a successful school garden (approved orders only)". 2010, Publication No. 3145

Fontenot, K. “A guide to growing a school butterfly garden”. 2012, Publication No. 3236

Fontenot, K. T. Koske, A. Morgan, D. Ferrin. Beans. 2012. Publication No. 2309.

Fontenot, K. and T. Koske “Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide”.2012. Publication No. 1980

Fontenot, Kathryn "Tis the Season for Giving from the Garden"

Fontenot, Kathryn “2010 Pumpkin Variety Evaluation

Fontenot, Kathryn “Container-grown Tomatoes

Fontenot, Kathryn and Thomas Koske “Falling Leaves – Pretty but Dangerous to Waterways

Fontenot, Kathryn “How to Properly Prune Your Tomatoes

Fontenot, Kathryn “Grants fund school gardens

Fontenot, Kathryn “Results of the 2012 Watermelon Variety Demonstration Plot

Fontenot, Kathryn “Spring vegetable gardeners will soon have produce to harvest

Fontenot, Kathryn “Spring is great time to start garden

Fontenot, Kathryn, Charles Johnson. “2012 Heirloom Tomato Trial Results

Fontenot, Kathryn “Schools incorporate gardens into curriculum

Fontenot, Kathryn “Backpack Activities at Model School/Children’s Garden at Burden Center

Fontenot, Kathryn “How to Take a Self-Guided Tour of the Model School/Children's Garden at Burden Center

Fontenot, Kathryn “What is the Model School/Children's Garden?

Fontenot, Kathryn “School Garden Curriculum Resources

Fontenot, Kathryn “School Garden Events

Fontenot, Kathryn “Tree Vests

Fontenot, Kathryn, A. Mullens, E. Neustrome, B. Fletcher. “School Gardens

South Eastern U.S. 2012 Vegetable Crop Handbook – K. Fontenot, Contributor

South Eastern U.S. 2013 Vegetable Crop Handbook – K. Fontenot, Contributor

Fontenot, Kathryn. Sensing Herbs. Louisiana Gardener June 2012.

Fontenot, Kathryn. Squash Galore. Louisiana Gardener February 2013.

Fontenot, Kathryn. Beauty is in the Eye of the Vegetable Grower. Mississippi Gardener June 2013.

Fontenot, Kathryn. Louisiana Planting Guide. Louisiana Gardener February 2013.

Fontenot, Kathryn. South Region Report. Louisiana Gardener September 2013.

Fontenot, Kathryn. South Region Report. Louisiana Gardener October 2013.

Fontenot, Kathryn. South Region Report. Louisiana Gardener November-December 2013.

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