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Louisiana Master Gardener Hurricane Relief

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The following is a letter from the Louisiana State Master Gardener Coordinator requesting donations to help rebuild the Master Gardener program after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Dear Fellow Master Gardeners,

Thirteen of our Louisiana Master Gardener programs, representing 30 parishes (almost half of our state) have been directly impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Five parish Extension offices were completely destroyed with others receiving wind and flood damage. Many extension agents and Master Gardeners have been and are still displaced, and numerous agents' and LMGs' homes have been damaged and destroyed. Currently, utilities and services are still not available in some areas.

The LSU AgCenter, in cooperation with the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, has developed a Louisiana Master Gardener Hurricane Relief Fund for individual LMGs and LMG programs that were directly impacted by the hurricanes. This fund will help with specific identified needs of those people and programs most affected and will help to rebuild our Master Garden Extension Volunteer Program in Louisiana.

Many of you have asked how you can help with the're-greening' of areas devastated by the hurricanes. While plant materials, supplies and hands-on help are needed, the biggest impact in helping us obtain these items and help our Master Gardener programs recover is through your monetary donation. Our Master Gardener programs are varied and diversified and touch a great number of people, directly and indirectly, from youth to seniors. Your gift is important to help us once again reach those people.

Selected examples of short and long term identified needs:

  • Urban shade tree reforestation program
  • Educational materials specific to addressing post-hurricane horticulture
  • Replacing teaching and demonstration gardens at schools, community centers, and botanical garden
  • Community tree evaluation and remediation
  • City parks and public gardens volunteer assistance
  • Youth gardening projects
  • Replacing parish LMG library gardening books

Checks should be made out to the "Louisiana 4-H Foundation," with "Hurricane-Master Gardener" in the memo field. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

Thank you in advance for your generous gift to help our Master Gardener programs get back on their feet. The past few months have been difficult for the people of our state, but with the kindness of people like you, we are recovering.

Sincerely,

Robert J. Souvestre - State Master Gardener Coordinator

137 Julian Miller Hall–Horticulture

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

(225) 578-1030 bsouvestre@agcenter.lsu.edu



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