St. Charles Parish Profile 2012

Rene Schmit, Zeringue, Deniese L., Zammit, Kali  |  3/28/2012 9:25:18 PM

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Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition & Health
School gardening projects provide students the opportunity to learn not only basic gardening skills, but also about science, mathematics, environmental studies, health, nutrition, consumer sciences, and art outside of the classroom. In 2011, St. Charles Parish established 5 school gardens in which students designed and built their own garden, planted and harvested vegetables, and practiced healthy eating by tasting their own fruits and vege-tables. As the number of St. Charles Parish school gardens con-tinues to increase, more students will benefit nutritionally by learning to eat healthier.

4-H Youth Development
The St. Charles Parish 4-H Youth and Family Development Program enables youth to gain important life skills through par-ticipation in age-appropriate experiential learning activities con-ducted in school, community, and in other 4-H Club enrichment programs. In 2011, the St. Charles Parish 4-H program focused on teaching youth about Healthy Living. Over 400 youth gained knowledge of healthy eating and exercising habits by participat-ing in hands-on educational workshops, demonstrations, and presentations throughout the year. In addition to exercising with friends, youth learned how to use the new USDA’s My Plate recommendations and how to read labels when choosing a healthier meal choice.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
St. Charles Parish is estimated to have 31,000 single family homeowners who are responsible for the individual manage-ment of their home landscapes. Their interest to learn and apply proper horticulture practices is evident through contacts made on a regular basis with the LSU AgCenter. In 2011, the LSU AgCenter provided an estimated 2,800 resident homeowners with educational information, recommendations and training on research-based cultural practices for lawns, shade trees, fruit trees, landscape ornamentals, vegetable gardening, plant selec-tion and planting, landscape irrigation, plant health diagnostics, and weed, insect, and disease pest identification and controls. Parish Master Gardener volunteers also reached an additional 3,600 homeowner clientele through a variety of educational gardening programs presented to the public in 2011. 

Who we reach:

8,110 - Youth (includes potential public, private and parochial schools enrollment), 390 4-H club members & 16 parish 4-H club programs
22,075 - Adults 3,500 Ag & Natural Resources 18,575 Family Consumer Sciences

How we reach them:  

4-H clubs, Class Series, Field Days, Demonstrations, Workshops, Web Sites, Newsletters, Publications, Social Media, and School Enrichment.

Expanding our efforts:

190 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Master Cattlemen 

Parish Facts  

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Charles Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $7,778,678.
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $2,588,412.
  • Animal enterprises - $1,906,425.

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

Population - 52,780
Land area (square miles) - 279.08
Persons under 18 years old - 26.9%
Persons 65 years old and over - 9.9%
Median household income - $60,961
Persons below poverty - 12.5%  

Local Issues & Plans for this year:

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.  

  • Conduct Master Gardener and Master Cattlemen training programs
  • Conduct greenhouse and vegetable variety trial demonstra-tions
  • Conduct producer meetings and farm and home visits
  • Provide advisement and educational training to horticulture clientele

2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and pro-tection of the environment.  

  • Educate and involve youth in Louisiana wetlands solutions/restoration
  • Conduct pesticide applicators and worker protection standards certification
  • Promote Best Management Practices (BMP) and Inte-grated Pest Management (IPM) programs
  • Conduct waste reduction and recycling educational programs
  • Conduct training that promotes conservation steward-ship

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

  • Expand and conduct service learning projects
  • Recruit and conduct adult volunteer trainings
  • Increase and conduct Jr. Leadership community ser-vice projects
  • Develop and conduct community and school gardening educational programs

4. Strengthen families and communities  

  • Conduct school gardening and nutritional programs
  • Conduct healthy food choices training curriculum to youth and adult clientele
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