Thursday, July 14

Students learn about herbs, food during St. James Parish CHEF Cooking Camp

SU Ag Center Nutrition Educator Lisa Weber, standing on left in blue shirt, and Extension Associate Stephanie Elwood, standing far right in SU Ag Center shirt, pose with CHEF camp participants after an herb workshop on July 8, 2016 during the camp.
CHEF camp participants enjoy the meal they prepared.

Baton Rouge, LA – Students attending the July 8th St. James Parish ‘Creating Health Enjoyable Foods’ (C.H.E.F.) youth cooking camp not only learned how to prepare a healthy meal, but also learned how to plant fresh herbs.

Southern University Ag Center Extension Associate Stephanie Elwood encouraged the camp’s participants to smell and taste the leaves of the small herbs that included several varieties of mint, basil and rosemary plants.

Elwood showed the students how to transfer the herbs from their small containers into larger pots that they were able to take home.

Each student was also told how their herb can be cooked and consumed, as well as, the proper way to water and care for the plants.

Lisa Weber, SU Ag Center Nutrition Educator for St. James and Ascension Parishes, provided the youth with instructions on preparing a pasta dinner.

CHEF camps are designed to teach youth how to prepare healthy, low cost meals. The youth are encouraged to share the knowledge they gain during the camp with their family and friends to enhance healthy eating habits.

For additional information about CHEF camps or to find a camp near you, call the SU Ag Center at 225-771-2242.


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