The School & Community Gardens Committee (SCGC) offers learning opportunities and guidance to teachers and other adults who garden with children and youth. The Committee also offers gardening education for children in public places around the parish. and helps the EBR Agent maintain his outreach with community gardeners.
|Schools Assisted in School Year 2021-22|
|Arlington Preparatory School|
|Belfair Montessori School|
|Emerge Center for Autism|
|Emerge School for Autism|
|Foreign Language Immersion Magnet|
|Highland Elementary (Big Buddy*)|
|Louisiana School for the Deaf|
|Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired|
|Mayfair Laboratory School|
|MLK Christian Academy|
|Scotlandville Middle Pre-Engineering Academy|
|St. Aloysius K-8|
|St. Jude the Apostle School|
|University Terrace Elementary|
|Villa del Rey Science and Art Magnet|
|Westdale Heights Academic Magnet|
EBRMG Gardens 4 Schools
In School Year 2021-22, the Committee's EBRMG Gardens 4 Schools outreach involved 24 schools throughout EBR Parish, including Baton Rouge Public Schools, charter schools, diocesan schools, and others. We hope to schools elsewhere around EBR Parish will join this project.
We give schools a selection of plants and seeds to start their fall and spring gardens, and share advice on bed preparation, vegetable care, weed control, etc. We also acquaint teachers with the wealth of free, standards-based lessons and activities available online.
Note: To learn more about the Committee and EBRMG Gardens 4 Schools, email the School and Community Gardens Coordinator at EBRMGgardens4schools@gmail.com
Children's Gardening at the Burden Children's Garden
In Spring 2022, members of the School and Community Gardens Committee began planting and tending vegetables in the Burden Children's Garden under the guidance of EBR Agent Bert Hammett.
A goal is to help the LSU Agcenter further utilize the Children's Garden as a public space where children and their parents can explore gardening outside of school.
Committee members volunteer two mornings each month to help the EBR agent plant and tend vegetables, alert Burden staff to insect and disease problems, help with watering, etc. When parents who homeschool discovered that the Garden Team volunteers on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, they began bringing their children on those mornings so we could help identify plants and insects, etc.
The interaction has been so positive that Committee members are now poised to begin a collection of lessons for children and youth in the Children's Garden that connect with the plants, insects, and pollinators that can be found there.
East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809