Michael Mosley | 4/23/2013 1:17:16 AM
Agriculture & Natural Resources
The interest in growing fresh vegetables has resulted in a continuous demand for programs on home vegetable gardening, home fruit production, and school and community vegetable gardening. Teachers, students and homeowners participate in a series of classroom lessons, workshops at the Audubon Zoo Auditorium, libraries in Jefferson Parish and visits to the LaSalle Park for hands-on training. These activities work to increase personal health, reduce child and adult obesity, increase knowledge and demonstrate the ability to grow fresh fruit and vegetables.
The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant Program are actively engaged with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response, recovery and mitigation programs. The agent is also active with La. Crab Task Force, Lake Pontchartrain Restoration Program, Vietnamese Fishery Center, Urban fishery/aquatic systems advisor, the LRA fishery assistance program and many other programs.
Family, Nutrition & Health
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) team includes two area agents working in general nutrition and EFNEP and three nutrition paraprofessionals. The team taught 3,550 youth in grades 3-12 and more than 50 families using the Smart Choices, Smart Bodies and Smart Gardens curricula. Impacts on childhood obesity include students reporting eating vegetables, choosing healthful snacks and engaging in physical activity.
4-H Youth Development
Jefferson Parish 4-H Clubs is a community of young people learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
5,549 – Youth (includes 517 4-H members & 23 school 4-H Clubs)
17,740 – Adults (7,715 Ag & Natural Resources; 10,025 Nutrition & Family Development)
4-H Clubs/camp, School Enrichment, Field days, Newsletters, Publications, Demonstrations, Workshops, Websites, Expos
1075 Volunteers: 4-H (494), Master Gardeners (145), Family & Community (102)
LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Jefferson Parish clientele. The 2012 total value from these commodities were:
Data from the 2010 Louisiana Ag Summary website.
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%
1. Promoting awareness and benefits of agriculture in our urban setting:
2. Strengthening families and communities:
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development: