Iberville 4-Hers Experience Farm to Table Programming

Christina Zito-Hebert, Simoneaux, Susan  |  7/24/2013 6:34:31 PM

4-H’s LA Chef Science group tours Avery Island and learns how TABASCO© Sauce is made, bottled and distributed to more 163 countries and territories per year.

Toni Carlin and Baylie Romero show off their edible artwork after a LA Chef Science Series.

Norshaad Scott and Gabrielle Barbier stir together seasonings in hopes of creating a great tasting quesadilla.

A 4-H’er and Cloverbud lend a hand in adding bamboo stakes to tomato plants in the community garden boxes.

4-H’ers toured the greenhouse, learned how it functions and how to germinate seeds.Back row (left to right): Katherine Desselles, G. Cherry Settoon, Susan Persilver, Lorraine Hidalgo and Donna Carville. Middle row: Andre Blanchard, Blake Barbay, Elise Jackson, Sarah Grace LoBue, Christian Barbarin, Claire Martinez, Elizabeth Bueche. Front row: Clay LeBlanc, Shannon Wooding, Madison Smith, Madilyn Plow, Madison Thibodeaux, Danielle Blanchard.

4-H’ers assist Lorraine Hidalgo by working in the LSU AgCenter Community Garden boxes.Pictured from left to right: Blake Barbay, Clay LeBlanc, Madison Thibodeaux, Lorraine Hidalgo and Danielle Blanchard. Front row: Sarah Grace LoBue

Iberville Parish 4-H hosted the Louisiana Chef Science Funshop Series in June 2013. 4-H’ers from across Iberville Parish attended this special interest workshop series, which focused on healthy living and the culinary arts. 4-H’ers used fresh produce and herbs from LSU AgCenter community garden boxes to prepare a variety of nutritious dishes. Participants mastered basic cooking skills and developed consumer decision-making skills, while learning about Louisiana cuisine.

The Louisiana Chef Science Funshop Series featured culinary demonstrations, cooking contests, guest appearances and a field trip. 4-H’ers worked in teams to make pizza sauce, using tomatoes and herbs from the community garden boxes. Each team dressed their pizzas by using combinations of fresh vegetables and fruits. Participants learned about Louisiana’s seafood industry as they worked together to prepare shrimp quesadillas. 4-H’ers also learned that lower fat meats can be tasty as they prepared lean turkey burger sliders.

Participants traveled to Avery Island for a field trip. 4-H’ers learned how TABASCO© Sauce is made, bottled and distributed to more 163 countries and territories per year. 4-H’ers met Executive Chef Ben Montgomery at Clementine’s Restaurant in New Iberia. Chef Montgomery spoke to the group about his culinary arts career as they sampled menu items.

4-H’ers and 4-H Cloverbuds from across Iberville Parish attended a series of Gardening Workshops during the spring and summer months at the LSU AgCenter Extension Service in Plaquemine, La. Participants learned gardening basics as they prepared the soil and planted varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and herbs. 4-H’ers also toured the greenhouse, located at the LSU AgCenter Extension Service. 4-H’ers and 4-H Cloverbuds learned how the greenhouse functions and how to germinate seeds. Participants planted vegetables in the community garden boxes, which were donated by Elvis Cavalier. The Iberville Parish 4-H Program will host a Fall Gardening Funshop on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 4p.m. to plant seeds in the greenhouse. 4-H’ers will use fresh produce from the community garden boxes in a cooking contest after the planting. The Fall Gardening Funshop is open to 4th- 6th graders, who are residents of Iberville Parish.

Volunteers from the Tri-Parish Master Gardener Program donated their time and knowledge to lead the 4-H Gardening Workshops. Tri-Parish Master Gardeners Donna Carville, Katherine Desselles, Karen Fitzgerald, Lorraine Hidalgo, Susan Persilver and G. Cherry Settoon led the Gardening Workshops. The Tri-Parish Master Gardeners also donated the seeds for the 4-H’ers and 4-H Cloverbuds to plant. The Tri-Parish Master Gardeners serve Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes. The Tri-Parish Master Gardeners are part of the Louisiana Master Gardener Program, which is a service and educational activity offered by the LSU AgCenter. The program is designed to recruit and train volunteers to help meet the educational needs of home gardeners while providing an enjoyable and worthwhile service experience for volunteers.

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