Monday, July 23

2012 Summer Garden Program Comes to a Close

Landon Johnson, middle, receives certificate from Dr. Williams and Ms. Elwood
[Baton Rouge, La] The Southern University Ag Center’s 2012 Summer Garden Program ended on July 20 with a graduation ceremony for its 16 participants. The graduation was held at A.O. Williams Hall and featured a welcome address from Chancellor Leodrey Williams.
“We are what we eat,” said Williams. “If we eat well, we can live a long time and have a good quality of life with a foundation of healthy eating.”

Stephanie Elwood, Extension Associate/Garden Instructor for the SU Ag Center, gave an overview of the program by showcasing a slide show, giving those in attendance a first hand opportunity to see the students at work within the summer garden program. Elwood and 2012 summer garden graduate Sariah Rogers also showcased a youth participant video. 
“I like that I learned how to plant,” said summer garden participant Amare Coleman.

Learning to plant is one of the many aspects of the summer garden program, which is in its second year and sponsored by the SU Ag Center. The purpose of the program is teaching youth how to grow their own fruits and vegetables, utilize the garden for exercise and stress relief and encouraging healthier eating habits.
“In the 1800s, 97% of people grew their own food in this country, now less than 2% of the population is growing their own food,” said Chancellor Williams to the graduating class.

With statistics such as this, programs offered at the SU Ag Center like the summer garden program, are increasingly important because it builds a foundation for healthy living that can translate into a healthy and long life.
For further information, please contact Stephanie Elwood at 225-771-2134 or

Story and photo by Kelli E. Palmer, 225.771.2242 or
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