|Lillie Howard answers questions about raising backyard birds during the 7th Annual Fall Garden Workshop on Nov. 20 at the M.A. Edmond Livestock Arena.|
Baton Rouge, La. – Nearly 90 backyard gardens, teachers and community garden coordinators attended the Southern University Ag Center’s 7th Annual Fall Garden Workshop on November 20 at the M.A. Edmond Livestock Arena.
Bobby R. Phills, Ph.D., Chancellor-Dean of the Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences and Dawn Mellion-Patin, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Extension at the SU Ag Center, were on hand to provide greeting to the attendees.
This year’s workshop covered everything from tree grafting to wine making. Randy Smith, Ph.D., a horticulture specialist with Alcorn State University, facilitated a session on pecan/vegetable grafting; Lillie Howard, a farmer from Slaughter and SU Ag Center’s Felton DeRouen II, Farm Research Specialist II at the SU Ag Center discussed raising and managing backyard birds; Alfred and Edith Gross, owners of 2 G Farms in Belle Chasse and Devaiah Kambiranda, Research Associate and Assistant Professor at the SU Land-Grant Campus provided instructions on making wine from various fruits and SU Ag Center Senior Research Associate Mila Berhane and Extension Associate Stephanie Elwood introduced nontraditional vegetables for a Fall garden.
For the past 7 years the Southern University Ag Center has held its Fall Garden Workshop as a way to educate the community and provide individuals with the tools and information needed to successfully grow their own fruits and vegetables, as well as raise farm animals.
The workshop is held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to give teachers an opportunity to participate in the event.
The SU Ag Center in currently planning their Spring Garden Conference for 2019.
The Fall Garden Workshop was co-sponsored by the SU Ag Center, its Wisteria Alliance Program and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program.
The Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences together are called the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus.
For additional information about the SU Ag Center’s Fall Garden Workshop or its upcoming Spring Garden Conference, contact Zanetta Augustine at 225-771-2242.
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