Interest in growing and teaching others to grow fresh vegetables has resulted in a continuous demand for programs on home vegetable gardening, home fruit production, school and community vegetable gardening. During 2015, 22 volunteers have completed 50 hours of coursework to become Master Gardeners. These individuals will represent the AgCenter throughout the community as they use their horticulture knowledge to teach others. Two of the projects in Jefferson Parish that Master Gardeners participate in with their LSU AgCenter Agent are the development and maintenance of an educational vegetable garden which is available to visitors to LaSalle Park and assistance in development of the Bonnabel High School teaching garden, where students learn about gardening, cooking and nutrition. Each year, the LSU Ag Center offers programs for teachers, students and homeowners to increase knowledge and demonstrate horticulture techniques through Jefferson Parish libraries, school gardens, LaSalle Park and local nurseries.
The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant Program is focused on four major initiatives in Jefferson Parish; urban fisheries, Lake Pontchartrain aquatic resources, Louisiana Master Naturalist Program and coastal development. Distinct initiatives are currently underway for : direct marketing traditional and underutilized fishery products under the South Shore Direct Seafood website and the Crescent City Farmers Markets; novel and new shellfish management, harvest and marketing; hydrological restoration of area surface waterbodies; watershed management for protection and sustainability; ‘Harbors of Refuge’ to offer sanctuary for area commercial fishing fleet; and redevelopment and planning efforts for coastal communities such as Grand Isle.
Family, Nutrition & Health
The nutrition and health components include the: The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP); Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP Ed; Smart Bodies and General Nutrition Education. These programs address health, nutrition and obesity prevention. Audiences from all economic backgrounds and adults and children of all ages benefit from attending a series of six lessons taught in schools, summer camps, head start facilities, senior centers, libraries, farmers’ markets, the YMCA and faith-based venues. These lessons stress portion sizes, reading labels, adding fruits and vegetables to the diet, the Dietary Guidelines and My Plate, daily exercise, and selecting healthy choices.
4-H Youth Development
Jefferson Parish 4-H members learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills. These 4-H youth develop a sense of Belonging – feel a sense of connection; Independence – influence others through decision-making and action; Generosity – learn their lives have meaning and purpose; and Mastery – know they are capable to succeed, meet challenges and develop self- confidence. 4-H is offered in schools, community centers, after school programs, churches and neighborhoods. Through 4-H youth gain confidence and social skills which help them gain success in future endeavors.
Jefferson Parish Profile
Address: 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 300
Jefferson, LA 70123
8:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
4-H, Youth & Family Development
Science, Engineering &
Agriculture & Natural
Horticulture/Lawns and Gardens
Youth & Community Gardens
Family, Nutrition and Health
Expanded Food & Nutrition
Education Program (EFNEP)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program Education (SNAP Ed)
Family Nutrition Night
Let’s Eat for the Health of It
Smart Bodies/Body Walk
Who we reach:
5,048 Youth (includes 665 4-H members & 29 school 4-H clubs, 23 enrichment clubs, 2700 enrolled in Youth Wetlands, 1683 enrolled in Smart Bodies )
24,901 - Adults (3,548 Ag & Natural Resources 21,353 Nutrition & Health)
How we reach them:
School & neighborhood clubs Senior Centers
Summer camps Demonstrations
Neighborhood Centers Publications
Workshops Social Media
School Enrichment Web Sites
Famers’ Markets Head Start Centers
Expanding our efforts:
354 Volunteers - 4-H (107), Master Gardeners (145), Jefferson Volunteers for Family & Community (102)
Report to Jefferson Parish Stakeholders
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Jefferson Parish clientele. The 2014 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $28,833,407
—Aquaculture and wildlife - $35,800,018
—Animal enterprises - $16,974,755
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
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, and club and group meetings. Conduct the annual Louisiana Master Gardener program training.
2. Strengthening families and communities:
Provide series of 6 lessons on topics of nutrition, obesity prevention, health and family issues related to Jefferson Parish residents of all ages through each of the LSU Ag Center nutrition program components.
Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H:
Youth will identify and participate in service learning projects throughout the year that will address the needs of Foster Children in the Orleans District. Club members and leaders will address various topics related to Healthy Living during 4-H club meetings during 2015-16.
Jefferson Parish Council
Jefferson Parish School Board
Children participate in Nutrition Lesson
4-H blanket drive
“Lets’ Eat for the Health of It” class