Walter Moon | 9/20/2017 9:11:57 PM
In our current economic climate childhood obesity and family time have become critical needs of everyone, young and old. Winn Parish Snap-Ed Nutrition and 4-H Leaders have partnered to teach kids life skills such as gardening, harvesting, and preparing fresh vegetables from their school based gardens. Using the “My Plate” as a guide the kids all are learning how to eat a well balanced diet from all the food groups. While the kids are learning these life enriching lessons at the school, the parents are also being educated, not only at churches and WIC Appointments, but any avenue we have the opportunity to educate them. Parents are being taught the importance of loving their children , spending family time around the table, and being physically active as a family. As a result families are growing closer.
Winn Parish 4-H Jr. Leaders and all Winn Parish 4-H Clubs have identified Service Learning and Foster Care as their club focus this year. Each 4-H club collects different food items that are donated to the local Food Pantry so that bags are filled with the items and given to those in need on a daily basis. Our 4-H Jr. Leader Club enrollment is 73 and our 4-H Club enrollment is 700. In the CASA\Foster Care Program our clubs have adopted foster kids in which they collected various items to construct a bag of necessities to help the children through their tough time.
Winn Parish is in the Heart of the Timber Industry for the State. Over 92% the land is designated with a timberland use. Land owners are looking at ways to better manage their land and be able to multi crop or have multiple land use options. Many land owners are using a timber and cattle combination as one of those options. Many producers are learning to better mange their forage through the use of soil sampling through the AgCenter. The average cattle producer has between 30-40 head in the parish. Many of these producers have been encouraged to participate in the NRCS Cost Share Programs that help offset some of the expenses up to 75% .
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