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The Hammond Spring Garden Day will be held March 14 at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public, and all interested persons are invited to attend. It will feature kids’ activities, plant sales, gardening seminars, gardening and agriculture exhibits, and concessions that will include homemade items. Admission to the event is $5 per vehicle. Bring nonperishable foods for the food drive to benefit the Tangi Food Pantry.

The Hammond Research Station is located at 21549 Old Covington Highway, just off U.S. Highway 190.

For more information contact Melissa Ordoyne at 985-748-5462 or mordoyne@agcenter.lsu.edu


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The 2015 Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo is scheduled for March 27-28 in Lake Charles. The garden show will be open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the coliseum, with a wide variety of activities, vendors, speakers and exhibitors.  The show theme is Spirit of Adventure and will feature new and exciting educational programs about garden topics by LSU AgCenter specialists, as well as regional and state guest speakers.

Educational garden seminars will be ongoing throughout the two day event, with topics including home vegetable gardening, pecan insect identification and management in home pecan plantings, integrated pest management and home citrus production. There will be a plant health clinic with professionals from the LSU AgCenter, as well as Master Gardener volunteers who will help diagnose plant problems and answer garden questions. The 4-H Cart Service will be there to help festival-goers carry out items to their vehicles. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

The Southwest Louisiana Master Gardeners kick off the weekend’s events with its Garden Expo Preview Party featuring a Gumbo Supper & Silent Auction in the Chalkley Room of the Burton Coliseum on Thursday, March 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A donation of $10 is required for admission to the preview party and tickets can be purchased from the LSU AgCenter office at 7101 Gulf Hwy. in Lake Charles or at the door. Attendees will enjoy the gumbo supper, participate in the silent auction, preview the garden show and make purchases from the participating vendors that evening.

For more information, visit www.gardenfest.org or contact Turley at 337-475-8812 or rturley@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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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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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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What inspires and motivates people to volunteer; to act selflessly and make personal sacrifices that help others on behalf of someone else? Whatever the reasons, volunteers do make a difference in people’s lives every day. Take a moment to view this heart-warming video that demonstrates well how lives are touched through a simple volunteer act of helping someone.  https://www.youtube.com/embed/uaWA2GbcnJU

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The educators at Smithsonian Gardens want to get the word out about a new program and are pleased to announce the launch of Community of Gardens, a participatory, digital archive for crowdsourcing stories about gardens and gardening in the United States. You can browse the stories on a map or submit your own story. Smithsonian Gardens is collecting stories about backyards, community gardens, memories of gardens past, heirloom plants, gardening through the decades, and more. Over the next year Smithsonian Gardens will also be rolling out a project-based learning curriculum and toolkit to support teachers interested in getting their students out into their community to collect stories about gardens. This summer Smithsonian Gardens will launch a mobile app. Here is a link to the project: https://communityofgardens.si.edu/

Take a moment browse stories from around the country, and think about adding your own story. Does your grandmother have memories of her Victory Garden? Have you always wanted to interview your neighbor about their community garden plot? Community of Gardens is about connecting communities and sharing stories about the green spaces that enrich our lives.

For questions regarding this grassroots, educational initiative, please email Kate Fox at communityofgardens@si.edu<mailto:communityofgardens@si.edu>.

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MOORESVILLE, N.C., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire — Gardening is growing as the #1 hobby in America, with 5 million more households digging in and planting than in 2010, driven by millennials’ interest in edible gardening according to the 2013 National Gardening Survey. The edible gardening category, which includes vegetable gardening, herb gardening, fruit trees and growing berries, recently hit a six-year high in both participation and spending.

Looking to source locally grown food straight from their backyards, nearly 80 percent of gardeners aged 18-30 purchase vegetables to grow, according to the 2014 Home Garden Panel by Metrolina Greenhouses, the nation’s largest greenhouse.

Growing berries emerges as the most popular trend in edibles, likely due to the reported health benefits of foods like antioxidant-rich blueberries. In fact, blueberry consumption grew more than 500 percent from 1980-2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Today more than 25 percent of millennial consumers under the age of 24 purchase berries weekly or even more frequently.

Regardless of age, gardeners grow edibles for the pride of harvesting their own fresh produce to experience the growing process and to share. Almost two-thirds report plans to share their harvest with family, friends or neighbors, lending to the growing trend of community gardening.

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