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Master Gardeners Urge Eating Local
Since its start in 1994, more than 3,500 individuals have participated in the program to become certified Louisiana Master Gardeners.

The Louisiana's Master Gardeners Club is holding the seventh annual January Gardening Seminar Saturday, January 14th at the West Monroe Convention Center. This event is in collaboration with West Monroe's annual Ag Fest.

The seminar is focused on local foods. According to Kerry Heafner, northeast Louisiana's climate allows for a diverse agricultural crop. Local farmers can grow sweet potatoes, rice, and various fruits along with harvesting local eggs and honey from Louisiana's numerous bee farms. 

The keynote speaker is Judy Barrett, author of Easy Edibles: How to Grow and Enjoy Fresh Food. Other speakers include David Young with Capstone 118 and John Dean, who will be speaking about the local food initiative in central Louisiana.

Doors to the seminar open at 7:30 a.m. and the event itself will start at 8:15 a.m. Tickets to the seminar are $20. More information on the Louisiana Master Gardeners can be found here.

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