Jefferson Parish Profile 2012

Alexis O. Navarro, Selle, Alaina C.  |  4/3/2012 7:37:11 PM

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Program Highlights

The current economic climate has resulted in a continuous demand for programs on home vegetable gardening, home fruit production, school and community vegetable gardening. Teachers, students and homeowners participate in a series of classroom lessons, visits to the garden for hands-on training and workshops. These activities work to increase personal health, reduce child and adult obesity, increase knowledge and demonstrate the ability to grow your own fresh fruit and vegetables.

Housing & Energy
Our Sustainable Housing agent is working with the Jefferson Parish Drainage Department on a multi-parish Stormwater Task Force to educate contractors and residents about stormwater codes, how to mitigate damage to buildings and property, and how to properly implement Best Management Practices to reduce pollution from runoff. Via our Neighborhood Drainage Workshops, we are teaching citizens how to properly install and maintain rainwater management systems that capture runoff, improve their property, and reduce demands on public drainage infrastructure.

Fisheries/Coastal Restoration
The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant Program have joined forces with local fishermen, Parish officials and the LA Office of Community Development to propose, fund and complete the new $4 million Bucktown Harbor. With facilities for both commercial fishermen and recreational mariners, the Harbor is only the first of a three phase development plan which will make the complex a recreational and fishery gem for the Southshore of Lake Pontchartrain.

4-H Youth & Family Development
The incidence of youth obesity is rising at an alarming rate across the country. Through participation in the Smart Bodies program, 4-H youth learn to make healthy food choices when selecting snacks, the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, and the role exercise plays in improving health. Students are twice as willing to taste fruits and vegetables served at school, and increase physical activity twice as much as students who do not participate in the program.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) serves families and youth in Jefferson Parish with programs like Smart Choices, lessons concentrating on nutrition messages and physical activity, and Smart Gardens in Jefferson Parish schools, reinforcing the new My Plate and 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to eat fruits and vegetables on half your plate.

Who we reach:  

8,615 - Youth (includes 375 4-H members & 18 school 4-H clubs)
17,715 - Adults 7,715 Ag & Natural Resources 10,000 Nutrition & Family Development

How we reach them: 

4-H clubs / camp, School Enrichment, Field days, Newsletters, Publications, Demonstrations, Workshops, Web sites, and Expos.

Expanding our efforts:  

1075 Volunteers: 4-H (845), Master Gardeners (137), Family & Community (93)

Parish Facts  

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

  • Plant enterprises - $28,702,171 
  • Fisheries and wildlife - $26,280,977
  • Animal enterprises - $16,265,881

Data from the 2010 Louisiana Ag Summary Web site:

Population - 432,552
Land area (square miles) - 295.63
Persons under 18 years old - 22.5%
Persons 65 years old and over - 13.6%
Median household income - $48,175
Persons below poverty - 14.2%

Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Promoting awareness and benefits of agriculture in our urban setting:  

  • Training parish residents on Best Management Practices for home vegetable gardens, school and community gardens and flower gardens through site visits, County Agent days, club and group meetings. 
  • Conduct the annual Louisiana Master Gardener program training.

2. Strengthening families and communities:  

  • Conduct workshops related to nutrition, health, financial management and family issues related to the gerontology population to Jefferson Parish residents.

3. Restore and renew our community to healthy standards:  

  • Work with residents, contractors, and parish personnel to help everyone meet Best Practices for our environment and buildings.
  • Provide information and assistance to regional economic development leaders to ensure the parish benefits from the rapidly expanding green economy.

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

  • Youth will participate in service learning projects throughout the year, including collecting gently used clothes and redistributing them to needy families.
  • A parish-wide community service learning program called “Geauxing Green” is underway, featuring poster and bookmark contests along with demonstrations performed by the students as part of their school programs.
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