Program HighlightsAgriculture and Natural Resources
St. Bernard Parish homeowners had their landscape, lawns and urban forestation totally destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. In an effort to beautify and return to a normal standard of living, educational workshops, seminars, lectures, publi-cations and meetings were provided. Areas of emphasis included timely economic, traditional and environmentally benefi-cial plantings of lawns, trees, shrubs and vegetable gardens. Ongoing projects include school landscaping, parish-wide tree plantings and individual homeowner problems.
Sea-Grant Marine Advisory Agent provided leadership to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) on seafood issues. When completed, the Louisiana crab Industry, and all of its products, will be the only Gulf of Mexico product so certified. By the year 2012, major retailers, such as Wal-Mart, will only carry MSC-certified products, thus giving Louisiana clear market advantage for its crab products. This past year, the fisheries agent was also working with parish officials and commercial fishermen in light of BP oil spill.4-H Youth Development
One of the key issues facing St. Bernard Parish is coastal restora-tion. Through a combined effort of St. Bernard Parish Government, the St. Bernard School Board, Chalmette High School, St. Bernard Parish Council and the LSU AgCenter, we are trying to address this issue. This past year Coun-cilman Fred Everhardt was again able to secure a grant through Apache Oil Co. that brought 100,000 cypress seedlings into the restoration project. This was our second year taking Chalmette High School students out to plant seed-lings. We took out more than 200 students every Tuesday and Thursday beginning about the third week in January until the third week of March. Most were biology stu-dents and two 4-H Club planting trips, representing both sides of Chalmette High School. Each time a field trip was taken, the objective was to plant at least 500 seedlings. These field trips give our youth the opportunity to see what many others already know, that the need for further protec-tion is paramount to St. Bernard. Our field trips this year concentrated on the back levee at Floris-siant.
Sixty-two teachers in St. Bernard schools participated in Youth Wetlands Week, which the Ag-Center started more than three years ago to increase awareness of wetlands issues with youth. Teachers received a box of materials along with a binder of wetlands lesson plans. Grades fourth through 12th were targeted, reaching approximately 2,450 youth.
Another emphasis of the 4-H program has been after-school enrichment. Currently, after-school enrichment programs are being presented at five schools. Enrichment lessons have also been presented to students at Andrew Jackson summer camp. 4-H members, past and present, teach enrichment lessons to kindergarten students through fifth-graders for four weeks.Family and Consumer Sciences
The St. Bernard Parish Volunteers for Family and Community (LVFC) members work in cooperation with the LSU AgCen-ter. For 17 years, the Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by LVFC raised over $100,000 for 4-H, the school system and other St. Bernard based charitable organizations. Since Hurricane Katrina, the Christmas Tour of Homes has showcased how St. Bernard Parish is coming back. The members of LVFC have gotten the community involved through sponsorships and local parish designers using their time and talent to decorate the homes in the tour. The St. Bernard Home Tour en-couraged the rebuilding of neighborhoods and added to cultural resources and family activities.
Who we reach:
7,256 - Youth (includes 454 4-H members and 13 school 4-H clubs)
7,400 - Adults 5,500 Ag and Natural Resources 1,900 Family and Consumer Sciences
How we reach them:
4-H clubs, Summer camp, School enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, After-school programs, and Publications
Expanding our efforts:
150 Volunteers - 4-H, LFVC, Students who volunteer for coastal restoration
LSU AgCenter county agents provide re-search-based information on plant, aquacul-ture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Bernard Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities was: —Plant enterprises - $205,300
- Aquaculture and wildlife - $17,877, 276
- Animal enterprises - $697,544
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Website
Population - 44,409
Land area (square miles) - 377.52 Persons under 18 years old - 7.1%
Persons 65 years old and over - 3.0%
Median household income - $41,353
Persons below poverty - 19.8%
Local Issues and Plans for this year1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
- Conduct educational lectures for hobby citrus growers/horticulture/fishermen
- Write news column and Web page content and conduct seminars on agriculture practices
- Conduct farm and home educational visits
3. Build strong leaders and good decision makers through 4-H Youth Development.
- Focus points of St. Bernard LSU/Sea Grant
- Hurricane recovery programs for commercial/recreational fishery sector
- Parish representative for Louisiana Crab Task Force and Louisiana Catfish Promotion and Re-search Board
- Recreational marine bait development for Southeast Louisiana
- Remote set facilities for enhanced oyster production in Southeast Louisiana
- LA Restaurant Association task force member for gear and technology program
- Advisory capacity to parish president and council members
- Sustainable use of post-Katrina resources by area citizens
4. Strengthen individuals, families and communities through education, leadership and action.
- St. Bernard Parish Junior Leader 4-H Club helps youth will develop leadership and citizenship through service learning projects
- Participation in after-school enrichment teaches teamwork and decision making skills to youth
- Youth Wetlands Week will continue to helps youth gain an appreciation and knowledge about the importance of the wetlands in St. Bernard Parish
- Youth will continue to participated in service projects, including cypress seedling plantings, marsh grass plantings and the building and placing of wood duck boxes
- Students at four elementary schools will learn about eating healthy and exercise by participating in Smart Bodies
- Continue Community outreach
- Continue teaching defensive driving classes for seniors
- Help with youth development programming
- Continue volunteering efforts in St. Bernard Parish
- Continue LVFC Club programming