Rapides Parishs Pumpkin Patch

Quincy L. Cheek, Washington, Terry  |  7/7/2013 2:33:43 AM

AgCenter agents. adult volunteers, and youth attended the pumpkin workshop held at the Rapides Parish Extension Office.

Terry Washington, Rapides Parish County Agent, tills the ground to prepare for the pumpkin seeds.

Quincy Cheek demonstrates to J. Elie and L. Cheek how to decorate their pumpkin stakes.

Kids of all ages attended the workshop.

Life skills were taught to area youth

B. West plants 3 seeds per hill in the pumpkin patch.

Ag Agents hard at work.

D. J. West covers the hill of the planted pumpkin seeds with a light covering of soil.

Master Nutrition Volunteer, J. Hart assists with the pumpkin seed planting.

DJ and Brian write on stakes the name of the variety of pumpkin they are planting.

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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