Archive for September, 2014

The Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve announces a Mostly Native Plant Sale Saturday, scheduled for November 1, 2014 from 9 AM to 2 PM at Briarwood, 2 miles south of Saline, LA. on Highway 9.

Over 1000 hard-to-find plants priced between $5 and $20 including 6 species of Native Azaleas: canescens, austrinum, flammeum, viscosum, prunifolium, and arborescen and Louisiana Iris, ferns, shrubs, perennials, Heirloom bulbs, trees, daylilies and much, much more will be offered.

For more information: briarwoodnp@gmail.com or call 318-576-3379 or www.facebook.com/cdormon

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The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will host its seasonal Saturday open house on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The open house will highlight indoor air quality and design features that make the home a convenient, safe and healthy place to live and enjoy. Visitors can also explore LaHouse’s many high-performance home features, publications, special exhibit room and more with experts on hand to answer questions, said AgCenter extension housing specialist Claudette Reichel.

Healthy home aspects showcased at LaHouse include dust mite and mold control strategies, safer gas equipment, non-toxic pest controls and universal design. “Even spotless homes can have hidden health hazards, especially for people who suffer from allergies or asthma,” Reichel said. “Everyone wants a home that’s convenient to live in, but few homes are designed for every age and stage of life. LaHouse demonstrates cost-effective, practical solutions.”

LaHouse is also open for self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  LaHouse Resource Center is located off Nicholson Drive at 2858 Gourrier Ave. across from Alex Box Baseball Stadium in Baton Rouge. LaHouse requests a donation of $5 per adult to help support its educational programming and exhibits.

For more information, visit www.LSUAgCenter.com/LaHouse or call Reichel at 225-578-7913.

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

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An exhibit commemorating 100 years of the Cooperative Extension Service in Louisiana will open at the LSU Hill Memorial Library in Baton Rouge on Sept. 22. Entitled “Cooperative Extension at LSU: Commemorating the Centennial of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914,” the exhibit will feature historical documents regarding LSU President Thomas Boyd and the establishment of cooperative extension at LSU, photos from early extension agent annual reports, and first edition extension bulletins, which contain advice on farming and food safety. Rare, early works on agriculture spanning from the 16th to 19th centuries from our holdings are included as well.

The Cooperative Extension Service was created to improve agricultural practices and farming efficiency, which it still does. This exhibit will help people understand the tremendous contribution that extension has made to the state of Louisiana and showcase this important part of LSU’s history.  In addition to photos and documents, the exhibit will include a listening station with a touchscreen computer at which visitors can select audio clips from current and retired extension employees.

The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., except for home football game Saturdays.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 24, 2015. A public reception for the exhibit will be Oct. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a program at 6 p.m.

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