Jefferson Parish Profile 2013

Michael Mosley  |  4/23/2013 1:17:16 AM

Please click on the image above for the PDF version of the 2013 Jefferson Parish Profile.

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Program Highlights

Agriculture & Natural Resources

?Horticulture
The interest in growing fresh vegetables has resulted in a continuous demand for programs on home vegetable gardening, home fruit production, and school and community vegetable gardening. Teachers, students and homeowners participate in a series of classroom lessons, workshops at the Audubon Zoo Auditorium, libraries in Jefferson Parish and visits to the LaSalle Park for hands-on training. These activities work to increase personal health, reduce child and adult obesity, increase knowledge and demonstrate the ability to grow fresh fruit and vegetables.

?Fisheries/Coastal Restoration
The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant Program are actively engaged with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response, recovery and mitigation programs. The agent is also active with La. Crab Task Force, Lake Pontchartrain Restoration Program, Vietnamese Fishery Center, Urban fishery/aquatic systems advisor, the LRA fishery assistance program and many other programs.

Family, Nutrition & Health

?EFNEP
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) team includes two area agents working in general nutrition and EFNEP and three nutrition paraprofessionals. The team taught 3,550 youth in grades 3-12 and more than 50 families using the Smart Choices, Smart Bodies and Smart Gardens curricula. Impacts on childhood obesity include students reporting eating vegetables, choosing healthful snacks and engaging in physical activity.

4-H Youth Development
Jefferson Parish 4-H Clubs is a community of young people learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

  • Belonging – Youth need to know they are cared about and feel a sense of connection.
  • Independence – Youth need to know they are able to influence people and events through decision-making and action.
  • Generosity – Youth need to know their lives have meaning and purpose.
  • Mastery – Youth need to know they are capable, through experiences, to succeed at solving problems, meeting challenges and developing self-confidence.

Who we reach

5,549 – Youth (includes 517 4-H members & 23 school 4-H Clubs)
17,740 – Adults (7,715 Ag & Natural Resources; 10,025 Nutrition & Family Development)

How we reach them

4-H Clubs/camp, School Enrichment, Field days, Newsletters, Publications, Demonstrations, Workshops, Websites, Expos

Expanding our efforts

1075 Volunteers: 4-H (494), Master Gardeners (145), Family & Community (102)

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Jefferson Parish clientele. The 2012 total value from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises – $28,702,171
  • Fisheries and wildlife – $26,280,977
  • Animal enterprises – $16,265,881

Data from the 2010 Louisiana Ag Summary website.

Population – 432,552
Land area (square miles) – 295.63
Persons under 18 years old – 22.5%
Persons 65 years old and over – 13.6%
Median household income – $48,175
Persons below poverty – 14.2%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1. Promoting awareness and benefits of agriculture in our urban setting:

  • Train parish residents on Best Management Practices for home vegetable gardens, school and community gardens and flower gardens through site visits, county agent days, and club and group meetings.
  • Conduct the annual Louisiana Master Gardener program training.

2. Strengthening families and communities:

  • Provide series of lessons on topics of nutrition, health and family issues related to Jefferson Parish residents of all ages.
  • Implement Smart Portions Program to educate participants about nutrition, physical activity and eating habits for better health. Choosing recommended servings of foods from MYPLATE for Americans is emphasized.

3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development:

  • Youth will participate in service-learning projects throughout the year, including collecting gently used clothes and redistributing them to needy families.
  • A parishwide community service-learning program called “Geauxing Green” is under way, featuring poster and bookmark contests along with demonstrations performed by the students as part of their school programs.
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