Friday, December 20

SU Ag Center teaches Thrive Academy students to harvest greens

Students at Thrive Academy's Garden Club recently harvested over a dozen bunches of mustard greens which they cooked for one of their meals.

Baton Rouge, La. – Southern University Ag Center’s Fast Track Grant Program has established a flourishing garden at Thrive Academy. The Center has had an agricultural presence at the school since 2013.

This year, every Monday from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. approximately 15 students meet for the school’s Garden Club, which has have been led by garden instructor and SU Ag Center Extension Associate, Stephanie Elwood.

The campus’ 14 raised garden beds are filled with vibrantly green and deep purple-red mustard greens among other cool-weather crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, and strawberries. The students recently made their first harvest of greens. Seven female students in the club enthusiastically learned how to appropriately harvest the greens, and harvested over a dozen bunches.

After the greens were harvested the school’s residential assistant (RA), the leader of the dorm, quickly called her grandmother to retrieve her best mustard greens recipe, which she shared with the whole club. 

The students at Thrive Academy were able to literally plant the seeds, harvest, cut, wash, cook and eat their mustard greens. This is an experience they can take with them for the rest of their lives, and hopefully share with their grandchildren as well. 


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