Amy Long-Pierre | 4/3/2012 10:26:05 PM
Agriculture & Natural Resources
As citizens continue to settle in the St. Tammany Parish area we have more homes which equaling more lawns and landscaping. Master Gardeners have been trained to provide homeowner groups, schools and churches with management and maintenance of the grounds and gardens. Several vegetable seminars and educational plant shows provide area residents with their horticulture
information. Additionally, forestry continues to play an important interest to St. Tammany residents. Landowners continue to seek information on how to maintain their forest within the urbanization of St. Tammany Parish. Several schools in St. Tammany participate in school gardens. Extension Agents and Master Gardeners work with students in the gardens as an outdoor classroom that reinforce in-class lessons, LEAP tests, and grade level expectations.
4-H Youth Development
St. Tammany Parish 4-H provides youth with opportunities to develop life skills through non-traditional experiential learning activities, programs and school enrichment learning. 4-H has given youth endless opportunities to work with caring adult volunteers to foster personal growth and become well rounded citizens through the Essential Elements of 4-H: Belonging, Independence, Generosity, and Mastery. The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering, and technology programs. The 4-H motto is "To make the best better", while its slogan is "Learn by doing" Youth have gained knowledge through their involvement in 4-H by participating in the following activities: 4-H Camp, 4-H University, 4-H Day at the Capitol, 4-H Night with the Pelicans Game, 4-H Night with the Tigers, 4-H Scholarships, 4-H Achievement Day, 4-H Food Fest, Southeast Regional 4-H Culinary Arts Contest, 4-H Challenge Camp, Character Counts, 4-H Organizational Clubs, 4-H Before and After School Clubs, 4-H Community Clubs, 4-H Horse Project Clubs, 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference, 4-H Jr. Leadership Club, LA 4-H Day of Service, 4-H Livestock Project Club, National 4-H Week, 4-H Officer /Volunteer Training, 4-H Pet Show, 4-H Portfolios / Project Books, 4-H School Gardens, 4-H Service Learning, 4-H Shooting Sports Club, 4-H Talent Showcase, and Youth Wetlands Program.
Who We Reach:
68,736 - Youth (4-H Clubs, School Enrichment, Character Education, Livestock, Youth Wetlands Program)
47,327 -Adults (Ag & Natural Resources, Master Gardeners, Home Visits, News Articles, Publications)
How We Reach Them:
4-H School Clubs, School Gardens, After School Clubs, Master Gardener Class, Facebook, Seminars, Field Days, Demonstrations, Newsletters, Livestock Clinics, Publications, Website, Wetlands Days and Shooting Sports Field Days.
Expanding Our Efforts:
2,500 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Tammany Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Local Issues & Plans For This Year
1. Promote and Grow St. Tammany Master Gardener Program:
2. Increase Productivity and Profitability of Louisiana Agriculture:
3. Build Leaders and Good Citizens through 4-H Youth Development: