Baton Rouge, LA- Approximately 75 students from Southern University Laboratory School, Scotlandville Magnet High School and Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Middle Academy will participant in the Southern University Ag Center’s School Garden Graduation Program at 9 a.m., April 29.
The students are being honored for their participation in the yearlong United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture program titled, “Eradicating Food Deserts through the Development of School Gardens.”
During the project, students learned basic, transferable gardening techniques from the SU Ag Center's self-produced curriculum. This school year, the youth had the opportunity to grow seasonal vegetables, interact with gardening professionals and try new recipes using their own goods.
“In the wake of rising issues with food and dairy products, the project has become more significant,” said Tiffany Franklin, Project Coordinator of the SU Ag Center’s School-Based Gardening Projects. “In food desert areas, teaching youth how to grow their own fresh goods is an invaluable experience that they can use for a lifetime.”
“Stephanie Elwood's expertise has been instrumental in the success of the program the past three years,” added Franklin.
For more information about the SU Ag Center’s School Gardening Program, contact Tiffany Franklin at 225-771-2775.