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    Fall garden workshop scheduled for Nov. 22

    The Southern University Ag Center will host its Fall Garden Workshop themed, “Recovering Your Soil: Gardens, Farms, and Spirit.” The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 9am-2pm on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Registration will begin at 8:30am.

    The workshop will focus on the topics of:

    • Soil Health
    • Soil Sampling
    • Fall and Spring Planting
    • Flood Resistant Trees

    Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that include:

    • Propagating Fig Trees
    • Wreath and Bow Making
    • Healthy Eating for the Season

    This workshop is ideal for school and community garden coordinators, large and small farmers, backyard gardeners, college students, and anyone interested in learning something new about agriculture.

    The Southern University Ag Center, its Wisteria Alliance Program and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program are co-sponsoring this event.

    For additional information or to RSVP, contact Mila Berhane, Stephanie Elwood, Dawn Mellion-Patin Ph.D., Zanetti Augustine, or Emily King at (225) 771-2242.

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  • Wisteria Alliance brings women in ag workshop to New Roads

    Workshop will teach women how to choose equipment for a farm or garden

    Southern University Ag Center’s Wisteria Alliance Program will hold a Women in Agriculture Workshop on Saturday, June 4 at the Episcopal Church Hall, 605 East Main St., in New Roads, LA.

    The workshop, which will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., will focus on helping women choose the correct equipment needed to maintain a farm or garden.

    Additional workshop topics will include:

    •Machinery for Small and Large Jobs
    •Farm Equipment Demonstration
    •USDA/FAS Micro Loan Program
    •Networking Opportunities

    The workshop is free and open to all women, but pre-registration is required. To register, contact Emily King at 225.718.3705 or via e-mail at emily_king@suagcenter.com.

    All attendees are asked to bring their most outrageous and outlandish work hat!

    The Wisteria Alliance Program prepares women to own and operate their own farms and other agricultural based businesses. It began in 2012 as a pilot program aimed at providing practical, hands on training for women who live on farms, and those whose interest lie in starting a farm, and/or urban or community garden.

    The program was named after the Wisteria, a lavender colored, very beautiful but hardy, steadfast flowering plant. The plant has many purposes, much like the role that women play in agriculture. All of the Wisteria Alliance trainings are designed for women, and the majority of the workshops will be conducted by women. Although men are welcome, the Wisteria Alliance is committed to creating an atmosphere where women will be comfortable to ask questions in a warm nurturing environment.

    For additional information about the Southern University Ag Center’s Wisteria Alliance Program visit, http://www.suagcenter.com/PageDisplay.asp?p1=1450 or contact Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin at 225.771.2242.

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