|Elwood, left, and Franklin, teach gardening hands-on|
Baton Rouge, La - The Southern University Ag Center’s Eradicating Food Deserts in Neighborhoods through the Development of School Garden’s project has produced the first of many videos that will encourage healthy living among school-aged children and their families. Typically, youth engage in more sedentary activities during their “down time” than when school is in session. But, the Ag Center team had a different summer planned for a group of youth this year by partnering with Exxon Mobil’s YMCA and LPB to afford youth the opportunity to continue planting gardens and engaging in physical fitness activities during the summer to further reiterate the need to eat and exercise for healthier living. The skills that youth ages, 6-14 have learned are transferable to their homes, schools, and neighborhoods. Mr. Ron Smith, Executive Director for Exxon Mobil’s YMCA is an asset to the program and very “hands-on” with ensuring successful outcomes for participating youth.
This is a USDA/NIFA funded Capacity Building Grant project directed by Tiffany Franklin, Extension Associate, assisted by Stephanie Elwood, Extension Associate-Community Gardens. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is an agency of US Department of Agriculture.
For more information on the “Eradicating Food Deserts in Neighborhoods through the Development of School Gardens” project, contact Tiffany Wilkerson-Franklin at 225-771-2775 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org