2011 St. Tammany Parish Profile

Mary B. Kaizer  |  6/9/2011 2:51:56 AM

Program Highlights

Family and Consumer Sciences
Due to the current economic climate, we have seen an in-crease in demand for residents needing basic financial man-agement education. To help residents with financial issues the SAIL (Saving and Investing for Life) program was of-fered. In the program participants learn the importance of improving one’s financial stability and security by reducing debt and improving money management. Post surveys sug-gest that 100 percent of the SAIL participants established emergency funds, 91 percent increased investing for retire-ment and 71 percent paid off some high-cost debt. The LSU AgCenter SAIL program helps participants manage their fi-nances to implement a saving and investing plan, which leads to increased financial stability and security, which will benefit other community members by reducing the demand for public assistance.

4-H Youth Development
The incidence of youth obesity is rising at an alarming rate, not only in St. Tammany Parish, but across the country. More than 3,100 St. Tammany Parish school children learned to make healthy food choices, especially when selecting snacks, the importance of fruits and vegetables in the diet and the role exercise plays in improving health in a 12-week curriculum series. Participants also toured the LSU Ag Cen-ter’s Body Walk exhibit. As a result of participating in this pro-gram, teachers have reported an increase in the number of youth including at least one new fruit or vegetable in their diet at lunch and with the implementation of the Take 10! activities in the classroom, students are increasing their physical activity by 50 minutes each week.

Agriculture and Natural Resources
As area citizens continue to settle in the St. Tammany Parish area we have more homes, equaling more lawns and landscaping. Master Gardeners have been trained to provide homeowner groups, schools and churches with management and maintenance of the grounds and gardens. Several vegetable seminars and educational plant shows provide area residents with their horticulture information.

Additionally, forestry continues to play an important interest to St. Tammany residents.
Landowners continue to seek information on how to maintain their forest within the
urbanization of St. Tammany Parish.

Who we reach:

54,398 -Youth (33 4-H clubs, school enrichment, character education, Youth Wetlands Week, after-school education)
67,749 - Adults
8,787 Ag and Natural Resources
58,962 Family Consumer Science

How we reach them:

4-H clubs, Workshops and clinics, School enrichment, After–school programs, Shooting sports, Social media, Field days, Publications, Newsletters, School gardens, and News articles.

Expanding our efforts:

300 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family and Community

Local Issues and Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
  • Conduct 10th Annual Master Gardener training.
  • Conduct fruit and vegetable spring and fall seminars.
  • Write news articles and Web page content on home garden and home ground practices.
  • Visit local commercial vegetable and small fruit farms for best management practices.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
  • Conduct before and after hurricane tree care seminars.
  • Promote and conduct forestry Best Management Practices.
  • Conduct home visits for urban tree care.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through AgCenter programs.
  • Develop and strengthen horticulture volunteer education through the St. Tammany Parish Master Gardeners Association.
  • Develop and strengthen forestry urbanization issues and policies through the St. Tammany Parish Forestry Association.
4. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
  • Develop and implement service learning projects throughout the parish.
  • Developing wetlands areas at five local parish schools and continuing to increase awareness of coastal erosion through the Youth Wetlands Week program.
  • Develop life skills, character and knowledge through the 4-H Livestock Program as 4-H members select, care for and exhibit their animal project.
5. Strengthen families and communities.
  • Develop and strengthen Family and Consumer Science programs across the parish.
  • Promote best practices for budgeting and child care.
  • Continue to teach classes to residents on financial management and family and human development.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships with other organizations in the parish.
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