Andre' Brock, Ivey, Brittney, Clifton, Cynthia | 11/16/2017 9:30:46 PM
Family & Consumer Sciences
As the New Year approaches, new programs are being offered to the community. The new programs are “Dining with Diabetes” and “Smart Portions: A Healthy Weight Program. These programs are offered to help the community focus more on their health and being healthy for the long haul. (Dining with Diabetes) Most people have diabetes and are not aware of it until it becomes serious and they have to go to the doctor. Getting annual checkups eliminates the process of having to go on dialysis or taking medication (pills). Dining with Diabetes is a 4 week program, with a follow-up session after 3-4 months. (Smart Portions: A Healthy Weight Program) This program focuses on eating healthy and managing weight as a lifestyle. This program is an 8 week program that demonstrates food preparation and tasting. The cost of the Dining with Diabetes program is $40.00 and the cost of the Smart Portions: A Healthy Weight Program is $65.00. This includes the food tasting and incentives that will be given to the participants to prepare the same dish at home.
4-H Youth Development
St. John 4-H’ers have recently competed in a Pumpkin decorating contest. Schools across the parish had a chance to invite their members to bring pumpkins and use their creativity to paint, carve, or decorate in whatever fashion. Each club and their own winner and then the parish had two overall winners. The overall 4-6th grade winner was Rita White from St. Peter and the over all 7-12th grade winner was Kahil Nelson for the St. John Alternative club. Congratulations to all winners and we cannot wait to see what pumpkins will pop up next year.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
St. John Parish is a largely rural parish, especially on the West Bank. But proximity to New Orleans means an increasingly urban population, especially on the East Bank. The combination translates to diverse clientele. Some rural citizens use larger land parcels to produce vegetables, fruits (especially citrus), and other horticultural crops for home use or roadside sale. The more suburban areas typically feature smaller lots and homeowners interested in landscaping, perhaps for the first time after moving from the city. Both sets of clientele, and all stripes in between, make use of LSU Ag Center resources for planning and troubleshooting horticulture issues. St. John and St. Charles Master Gardeners work together to supplement LSU Ag Center personnel’s educational efforts. Their projects include volunteer work at plantation homes and they’ve graduated a new class this year. They have recently begun assisting the County Agent and 4-H Agent in reviving school gardens in the parish. Contact has also been made to help a community garden, including one member of the garden who is a Master Gardener
Who we reach.
1889 - Youth (includes 389 4-H
members & 14 school 4-H clubs)
9800 - Adults
3,300 Ag & Natural Resources6,500 Family Consumer
How we reach them:
4-H clubs Class series
School Enrichment Demonstrations
Field days Workshops
Newsletters Web sites
Publications Social media
Expanding our efforts:
130 Volunteers -
4-H, Master Gardeners, Family
& Community and Agriculture
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. John Parish clientele. The 2017 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterprises - $11,909,097.
—Aquaculture and wildlife -$255.725.
—Animal enterprises - $417,430.
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 45,924
Land area (square miles) - 213.07% Persons under 18 years old - 26.9%
Persons 65 years old and over - 13.6%
Median household income - $50,921
Persons below poverty - 20.5%
Local Issues & Plans for this year.
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
Make available scientific research-based information through handouts, pamphlets, newsletters, and various other sources.
Answer questions from clientele about problems they have with crops.
Visit farms when appropriate to deal with issues on an individual basis.
Conduct producer meetings and trainings with up-to-date information.
With Master Gardener assistance, hold demonstration and research trials.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
Promote resource conservation and judicious pesticide use with Best Management Practices (BMP’s) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Hold annual Pesticide Recertification class for applicator license holders.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
Promote youth to learn more about chemistry through hands-on experiments during club meetings.
Conduct joint club community service activities within the own parish.
Offer project clubs on a parish level.
4. Strengthen families and communities
Increase awareness of eating healthy by developing a presentation that utilizes a one page fact sheet to be presented to group of adults and families.
Increase educational programs that focus around diverse audiences in a manner that is helpful to all that participates.
Provide leadership for educational nutrition programs delivered by volunteers for adult audiences.