10 schools get started with Louisiana 4-H Seeds for Service

Linda Benedict, Morgan, Johnny W.  |  11/19/2009 1:56:02 AM

Students at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans along with 10 other schools around the state really know what it means to get down and dirty, thanks to a $25,000 grant secured by the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development office.

Pamela Marquis, LSU AgCenter 4-H agent in Orleans Parish, is working with the 19 students from Andrea Spreter’s math and science classes to make the garden a success.

"This is a win-win situation for the school and for 4-H. The students gain practical experience working in the garden, and we get to bring 4-H programming into the school," Marquis said.

She said the school garden is bountiful with vegetables such as tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, cabbage, collard greens, onions, squash, beets and cauliflower.

"The goal of this project is to grow kids by igniting a passion for learning, success and service through a unique gardening education," said Janet Fox, associate professor in 4-H Youth Development.

Warren Easton High School, in collaboration with LSU AgCenter, recently received a $1,000 grant from the Louisiana Serve Commission for the Louisiana 4-H Seeds for Service School Garden program.

The other schools involved in the program include: Sacred Heart Elementary in Moreauville; Beauregard Alternative School, DeRidder; Ingersoll Elementary School, Shreveport; Ralph Wilson Elementary School, Lake Charles; Central/SSAAC, Ville Platte; Dorseyville Elementary, Dorseyville; Carencro Middle School, Carencro; Belle Chase Academy, Belle Chase; Start Elementary and Middle School, Start; and Cypress Cove Elementary, Cypress Cove.

For information on how to start a vegetable garden at your school, contact your local LSU AgCenter extension office or visit the Web site at www.lsuagcenter.com 

 Johnny Morgan

(This article was published in the fall 2009 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)

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