The Rapides Parish Extension Office
held a pumpkin patch workshop at the LSU AgCenter’s Dean Lee Research Center
. Agents, Quincy Cheek
and Terry Washington
were on hand to show area youth the importance of agriculture to their lives. The workshop was held on July 5, 2013. News Channel 5 was on hand to televise the event.
Here is some of the feedback from the agents and kids. "We wanted to work on a project with area youth and show them the importance of gardening, nutrition, and physical activity. The work involved and the things that learn can be beneficial to you as you grow up to be an adult," said Quincy Cheek. "We are going to teach the kids to use their hands and then further their education and a lot of them won't become farmers but they will have some kind of way to survive in life. They will know how to grow food, they know where it came from, they will know how to nourish it and take care of it," said Terry Washington. Mattie Cedars one of the participants thought the event was kind of cool because she can go home and practice what she learned.
Cheek stated that she hopes this event would indeed encourage the kids as well as parents to go home and start a garden of their own.
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