Archive for August, 2014

The LSU AgCenter will offer an agritourism workshop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Hammond Research Station. Participants will hear from experts about how to create an agritourism venue, attract visitors and market their business, according to Dora Ann Hatch, AgCenter agritourism coordinator. The workshop also will include a presentation on how to become a certified agritourism operator under the 2008 Louisiana Agritourism Limited Liability Law. The event will conclude with a tour of Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch in Albany, which is about 20 minutes from the station.

Registration is $15 per individual or $20 per couple before Oct. 20, or $20 per individual and $25 per couple the day of workshop. Lunch is included, but transportation to the pumpkin patch is up to individual attendees.

The workshop is sponsored by the AgCenter, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and Tangipahoa Master Gardeners.

For more information or to register, contact Hatch at 318-927-9654 or DHatch@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Writer: Olivia McClure: See the latest news from LSU AgCenter Communications at www.lsuagcenter.com/news_archive/

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The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden will roll out the fall welcome mat with a corn maze and pumpkin patch festival Sept. 27-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in conjunction with the LSU Rural Life Museum’s Harvest Days. “What better way for families to end the summer than with a trip to the farm during harvest season,” said Jeff Kuehny, director of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. Visitors may purchase their tickets at the Rural Life Museum Visitors Center. Admission is $7 for corn maze activities in addition to LSU Rural Life Museum Harvest Days, which is $9 for persons age 12 years and older or $8 for those 62 years and older and children ages 6-11. Children under 5 enter free.

In addition to the corn maze, children’s activities will include an old-fashioned hayride, pumpkin and gourd painting, and an opportunity to climb a straw “mountain.” A new feature this year is the Red Barn petting zoo, Kuehny said. As in the past, visitors may purchase food and drinks from Burden Horticulture Society volunteers as well as pumpkins for children to paint.

The corn maze and balloon toss also will be open Saturdays on Oct. 4, 11 and 18 from 4-7 p.m. with $5 admission. Children under 3 enter free. Night Maze on Oct. 25 will feature a bonfire, hotdogs, s’mores and live music from 4-9 p.m., and organizers are encouraging flashlights and costumes that evening. Evening admission is $10. Children under 3 enter free.

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens is located in Burden Museum and Gardens on Essen Lane just off Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge. For further information, contact Kuehny at 225-763-3990 or go online to http://www.discoverburden.com.

Writer: Rick Bogren: See the latest news from LSU AgCenter Communications at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/news_archive/.

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Excitement is building as we move closer to October and the 2014 Southern Region Master Gardener Conference scheduled for October 21-24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!  The state of Louisiana takes great pleasure in extending a special invitation to all gardeners to join with Master Gardeners, Extension Master Gardener coordinators, and University and celebrity horticulturalists for an outstanding event of gardening education and some good ole down home southern hospitality and entertainment! This conference has it all including beautiful rooms at the Crowne Plaza for the conference special of $94 with registration. Also, there are still openings available for the Wednesday’s Cajun Night Out and the various conference tours. For master Gardeners looking for educational hours before the end of December-this conference offers that opportunity.  Below are links that provide an overview of the conference as well,  invitations by LSU AgCenter’s Plant Doctor- Dan Gill, Baton Rouge Mayor-Kip Holden, Lt. Governor-Jay Dardenne  and Crowne Plaza representative-Lauren Cox.   Don’t miss this outstanding conference and the great opportunity to enjoy and share in our southern roots!

Overview Invitation to SRMG Conference
2014 Southern Region Master Gardener Conference (General Promotion with Dan Gill, Mayor Holden, & Lt. Gov. Dardenne) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkguAhCH5ws
2014 Southern Region Master Gardener Conference (Crowne Plaza- Lauren Cox)

SRMG Conference Schedule & Registration:  www.southernregionmgconf2014.com


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