West Feliciana Parish Quarterly Highlights: January-March 2020

1st Quarter Jan-Mar 2020 PDF

Family & Consumer Sciences

350 kindergarteners and first grade students at Bains Lower Elementary continue to care for their school garden. They weeded and harvested radish and turnips. In January, the youth learned about the Grains Food Group and about whole grains and refined grains. In February, the children learned about the Fruit and Vegetable Food Groups. They learned some of the benefits of eating from both food groups and why they should make half their plates fruit and vegetables. During the March programs, the children learned about the Proteins Food Group and about plant and animal protein sources.

16 Adult Ed students participated in two nutrition programs and learned about physical activity, the benefits of exercising, and how to make exercising a family affair. They also sampled several infused water recipes. In the Food Dollar Management Program, the participants learned tips on stretching their food dollars while still preparing healthy meals. They worked in teams to create a main dish using grocery store sales fliers. To show them that store brand foods can be just as tasty but cheaper on the pocketbook than national brand food, the participants took part in a blind taste test.

During the 4-H Mini Farm, 861 youth visited the nutrition booth and participated in Fruits & Vegetable: What Am I? They loved spinning the prize wheel and trying to determine which fruit or vegetable matched with the clues provided.

A monthly nutrition series continues at the Council on Aging. 15 clients learned about sodium and how to reduce sodium consumption while participating in Breaking Up with Salt Program. The Family & Consumer Sciences Agent is collaborating with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to offer a Cooking Matters Teens Program. 15 youth are learning about the MyPlate, cooking skills, knife techniques, and preparing and sampling recipes.

4-H Youth Development

The 4-H Mini Farm and Parish Livestock Show were held January 17th and 18th. 861 youth from Head Start to second grade from both East and West Feliciana Parishes toured the 4-H Mini Farm. They visited agricultural booths were able to interact with livestock exhibitors and their animals. Our Parish Livestock Show had approximately 100 exhibitors. 4-H’ers competed in Premier Exhibitor tests, Showmanship and their perspective breed and/or meat classes for their animal. Exhibitors competed at the Southeastern District Show. West Feliciana 4-H had the Top Premier Exhibitor in Swine, Dairy and Poultry! During the State Livestock Show, Callie Delee won Reserved Grand Champion Brahman Influence Commercial Heifer as well as Grand Champion and Champion Louisiana Breed, Non-Brahman Influence Heifer. Owen Brouillette placed second in Swine Premier Exhibitor. Several of our rabbit exhibitors ended their season competing at the State Rabbit Show. Evelyn Pollet placed second with her rabbit while Blair Coley placed in the top five with several of her rabbits and in Premier Exhibitor.

West Feliciana Shooting Sports 4-H’ers competed in the EBR Invitational Shoot in Air Rifle/BB, Shotgun and Archery Competitions. Jake Jewell won his division in Archery- Limited Compound. At the Ascension District Invitational, Jake Jewell won his division and Brylee Broussard placed third. Our Sewing Project Club has been learning new skills during the workshops. They have constructed pillowcases, storage boxes, garment bags, and make up bags. The 4-H’ers are not only learning a life skill but also building self-confidence. During 4-H Club Meetings, youth participated in Pollination to Plate and Gene-ious DNA experiments. In Pollination to Plate, 4-H’ers learned about bees and pollination and even dissected flowers. A CSI scenario was used in Gene-ious DNA where the 4-H’ers were able to extract strawberry DNA from frozen strawberries.

Horticulture/Ag & Natural Resources

Spring has sprung! Phone calls and home visits have been made concerning lawn maintenance, fertilizing trees, spring gardens, and interpreting soil test results. 63 participated in the Spring Horticulture Seminar held at the BRCC Jackson Campus. They learned about native plants, camellias, homeowner pond weeds, and lawn weeds.

The Feliciana Master Gardeners hosted a booth at the 4-H Mini Farm. They have been busy helping with school gardens. Members from the 2019 Master Gardener Class are busy starting their own projects including promoting roadside wildflowers and the Farm to School initiative. The Master Gardeners are also supporting the first 4-H Garden Contest which has four entries. They will provide prize support and will judge the 4-H gardens.

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