Archive for September, 2013

According to the USDA, urban farming is booming with around “15 percent of the world’s food now grown in urban areas.” The numbers continue to grow thanks to national, local and healthy food advocates and the new interest in urban gardening and farming could push the movement beyond the victory gardens during World War II.

For an interesting insight into the new era of urban farming visit the following links on “Inside L.A.’s Vast Urban Agricultural Landscape” by Rick Paulas and “Urban Farming Growing in Popularity” by Erika Riggs, Zillow.



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The Lafayette Parish Master Gardener Association (LPMGA) under the leadership of LMG coordinator Gerald Roberts received the International Master Gardener Search for Excellence Award (SFE) – 2nd Place for their Le Jardin des Traiteurs (The Healer’s Garden) project at Vermilionville; Lafayette, Louisiana.

The winning project focused on work by Lafayette Master Gardener volunteers who joined forces with members of the Vermilionville Living History Foundation Board in establishing a traditional medicinal garden at La Maison Acadienne at Vermilionville, along with documentation of local medical plants to have been used prior to 1900 in Acadiana. Additionally, Lafayette Master Gardener volunteers developed “The Healer’s Garden Guide”, that lists and describes various plants in the garden including their traditional uses. This special award is indeed a great honor for the Lafayette LMG program. The Search for Excellence (SFE) is the recognition program of Master Gardener volunteer work throughout the United States and Canada.

Please join in extending a Louisiana-Proud CONGRATULATIONS to the Lafayette Parish Master Gardener Association volunteers!
For the story on Le Jardin des Trateurs ( The Healers Garden) go to:  http://www.vermilionville.org/vermilionville/explore/gardens.html –

To view the Le Jardin des Traiteurs Garden guide got to: http://bayouvermiliondistrict.onlinemarketingconsole.com/vermilionville/explore/Healer%27s%20Garden%20Brochure%20Web.pdf

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Bayou Rebirth preserves and restores wetland ecosystems in Southeast Louisiana by teaching youth and volunteers from Louisiana and across the nation about coastal wetlands through hands-on restoration projects.

Bayou Rebirth’s big news this month is a Native Plant Symposium that will be held October 11 at Delgado Community College.  Keynote speaker will be Dr. Doug Tallamy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at U.D. in Newark.  Dr. Tallamy is also author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants.

Along with Dr. Tallamy, the symposium will feature a slate of speakers and panelists who will talk about relevant topics, including Water Management and Planning, the Benefits of Native Plants, and Community Concerns and Solutions. The afternoon will include a breakout session where participants will design a native landscape in the urban area, including field trips to sites nearby where natives are utilized for storm water management and wildlife habitat.

To view the schedule and register go to:


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Longue Vue House and Gardens’ of New Orleans, assited by New Orleans Master Gardener Association volunteers, will host it’s first annual Cushaw Festival on Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 1 to 4 PM.  The festival will be a “Homegrown Heirloom Hootenanny” and fundraiser for the Longue Vue education fund for summer camp scholarships, school field trips, and museum and garden educational tours.

Cost will be $5 for Longue Vue members and $7 for non-members with $1 off the admission ticket when you bring a food item for donation to Second Harvest Food Bank or bring a pass-along-plant, heirloom seeds, produce, or a recipe to share.

Longue Vue house and Gardens is located at 7 Bamboo Drive in New Orleans, Louisiana.  For more information about this family garden fun festival, including featured activities, visit:


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Fall is festival time in Louisiana and in keeping with that theme the 2013 Folsom Fall Garden Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th to be held at the Midway Church Park in Folsom, Louisiana 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The park is located next to 82424 Hwy 25 in Folsom.

Sponsored by the Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association (SELNA), this Louisiana gardening event will feature lots of locally grown Louisiana plant materials for sale; fun activities for children; garden equipment and accessories; plenty of food and drink and local plant growers to meet and talk gardening!

This event is free and opened to the public. For more information contact Annie Coco, SELNA Secretary at 985-789-4301 or anniecoco400@gmail.com .



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