Lafayette

Sep 26, 2013 3:24 PM by KATC TV-3

LSU Ag Center takes classroom to the garden

The LSU AgCenter, Lafayette Master Gardener Association and School Garden Initiative Committee is finishing up its kick-off training for this year's garden initiative.

According to proponents, the goal is to promote growth and learning through the school gardens, where children can learn different aspects of science, math, English, history, environmental studies and art.

Training was held at Charles M. Burke Elementary School in Duson.

Six Lafayette Parish Schools -- Charles Burke Elementary, Judice Middle School, St. Thomas More High School and L. Leo Judice Elementary -- have been awarded mini-grants this school year to incorporate the school garden concept on their campuses. There are also two new schools participating, Lafayette Middle School and Acadiana High School.

Each school will have a group comprised of about six students and one or two faculty members at the training. Master Gardeners serve in the role "advisors" or "enablers" to each school while providing knowledge, advise, and demonstrations on how and what to do. The team meets monthly with a school to monitor the progress being made focusing on ongoing planning and preparation throughout the school year.

The training features presentations from LSU AgCenter specialist, Master Gardeners and teachers on best management practices to implement the program. Some of the topics that will be covered are school garden basics, choosing plants and plant times, service-learning, partnerships, planning and evaluation.

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