Wednesday, July 29

Southern University Ag Center Teaches Nutrition Education to Seniors with Herb Gardens

SU Ag Center Nutrition Educator Camellia Brown, standing second from left in the red shirt, nutrition assistant Salette Tennie, standing in royal blue shirt and Extension Associate Stephanie Elwood, standing in light blue shirt on the far right, are pictured with herb garden workshop participants.

Herb garden workshop participants plant herbs in a herb bowl during the workshop.
Camellia Brown, standing in the center in a red shirt and Stephanie Elwood, standing in the center with a light blue shirt, pose for a photo with herb garden participants and their person herb bowls.

Baton Rouge, LA- Southern University Ag Center Nutrition Educator Camellia Brown, Nutrition Assistant Salette Tennie, and Extension Associate Stephanie Elwood came together to teach nutrition education learners how to make healthier food choices by using more herbs in their foods.

Brown and Tennie taught the nutrition education classes in May at Chateau des Amis, Village De Memoire and Savoy Heights Senior Residential sites in Ville Platte, LA.

To enhance the nutrition education and incorporate some hands on activity, the seniors participated in a workshop on how to grow their own culinary herbs. Each senior participant left the herb workshop with their own personal herb bowl to be grown inside or outside of their apartment. The herbs included parsley, mint, thyme, green onions, sage and more. These herbs are perennials, which means they will come back year after year and don’t need to be repurchased or replanted, and can be grown in small spaces.

With each senior planting and maintaining their own herb bowl, this ensures constant availability to healthy fresh herbs that can be used in meal preparation.

For more information about the SU Ag Center’s Nutrition Education Program in Evangeline Parish contact, Camellia Brown at (318) 964 2249 or


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