The Southern University Land-Grant Campus held a graduation ceremony for the participants of its Denham Springs-area Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification Program on July 30.
Sixteen individuals received certificates of completion during the ceremony, which was held at the Denham Springs City Hall Annex.
SU Land-Grant Campus Chancellor Bobby R. Phills, Ph.D., and Vice Chancellor for Extension and Outreach Dawn Mellion-Patin, Ph.D. provided greetings to the nearly standing-room crowd of family and friends.
The program is an intensive 12-session training series that teaches people how to employ sustainable agricultural practices in an urban environment. It ran weekly in Denham Springs from June 4 until July 30. In order to get their Sustainable Gardening Certification, participants had to attend at least nine of the 12 classes, which alternated between in-class training and hands-on work.
In this particular program, participants were taught to work within ordinances and guidelines of city government and galvanize others within the community around agriculture policy. They also learned to recycle available resources and discarded items to promote healthier lifestyles and communities.
Leading the classes were a rotating panel of experts and professors from the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, which hosts three other certification programs year round.
The Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus started the gardening program shortly after the Great Flood of 2016. Sustainable Gardening Certification programs and graduations have already been held in St. Landry and East Baton Rouge parishes, and the one in Livingston Parish was the third.
The SU Land-Grant Campus will hold its next Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification program in Baker, Louisiana, at the Baker Municipal Center Auditorium, located at 3325 Groom Road. The first session will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 16.
For additional information about the certification program or for information on the exact dates and times of each session, contact Marlin Ford, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southern University Ag Center and the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences together are called the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus.