The LSU Agricultural Center is once again working with the students at Bains Lower Elementary in St. Francisville. Layne Langley, area nutrition agent, delivers nutrition and gardening programs monthly to the prekindergarten, kindergarten and first-graders at the school, according to a news release.

She is able to conduct these programs during the Play 30 program with the aid of Play 30 coach Lanya Mayer.

During the September nutrition and gardening classes, participating students became members of the Green Thumb Club. The children prepared the 10 raised garden beds by pulling weeds and using garden tools. With the help of Master Gardener Debbie Martin, Langley and Mayer guided the youth in planting snow peas, lettuce, radish, kale, carrots, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. Previously planted cucumber plants were still producing cucumbers in September, as well.

At the October programs, the students learned about MyPlate nutritional guidelines and which foods belong in each food group. Each class participated in the MyPlate Match Up Game where they placed plastic foods onto the correct MyPlate food groups.

Because deer regularly find their way into the garden and eat the plants, a plan is being made to build an eight-foot fence to protect the garden. BLE held a Jeans for Greens fundraiser which allowed students to wear jeans to school for a $1 donation.

Community contributions are welcome. For more information, contact Langley at (225) 635-3614 or lalangley@agcenter.lsu.edu.