EBR Master Gardener Assoc.

The School & Community Gardens Committee (SCGC) offers education opportunities and guidance to school personnel and other individuals in EBR Parish who teach children and youth through gardening.  The Committee's EBRMG Gardens 4 Schools community outreach involved nearly 20 schools throughout EBR Parish in 2020-21, including  Baton Rouge Public Schools, charter schools, diocesan schools, and others.Students gardening at school

Each year, the SCGC conducts workshops for teachers at participating schools, offering advice on raised bed gardening, vegetables that can be readily grown and harvested during the school year, pollinator plants, and other topics to help schools garden successfully and sustainably.  Twice each year, the schools also receive seeds and vegetable transplants to supplement those the schools purchase themselves.  In 2020, the Committee also rejuvenated pollinator plants leftover from the 2020 Spring Plant Sale and shared them with participating schools.

The program has helped teachers deliver core subjects (math, science, reading, social students) outdoors, through active learning that students PK-12 find fun and engaging. For many students, particularly those who live in areas considered "food deserts,"  school gardens are their first exposure to fresh-picked vegetables.

East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

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