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The River Region Master Gardeners currently maintain two mixed beds at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. Master Gardeners and staff from the LSU AgCenter engage youth in hands-on gardening lessons that highlight the importance of agriculture education and understanding food systems.

The primary goal of a school garden is to allow the students to grow plants from start to finish. There is no greater reward than watching a tiny seed turn into a beautiful flower or something to eat. Well, at least that is true for those of us who are horticulturists!

School gardens can be rewarding for both youth and educators. To ensure the success of a school garden, it takes a team of individuals dedicated to the establishment and maintenance of the project. Interested schools can contact their horticulture extension agent for more information on growing a successful school garden

The St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter and River Region Master Gardener Program can aid educators in delivering curriculum geared toward youth on topics related to plant health and gardening. Interested schools can contact their horticulture extension agent for more information on the services available from the horticulture extension agent and Certified Master Gardeners.

Parents, school staff members and others from the community are excellent resources for garden volunteers. When selecting volunteers for a school garden, focus on people who enjoy working outside. Volunteers who have construction, horticulture or landscape design experience are great assets. People who enjoy gardening but have no specific training are great, too. Many people like planting a garden, but it is just as important to pick people who will enjoy maintaining the garden.

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