Les Voyageurs participate in service, professional development trip


growdatLes Voyageurs spent the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend participating in a service and professional development trip to New Orleans. Before leaving town, the group hosted Auburn’s Ag Ambassadors on campus, touring Tiger Stadium, Animal and Food Sciences labs and the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.

The first stop on the trip was Springfield High School for a classroom recruiting visit. They also toured Diversified Foods and Seasonings in Covington, where they sampled sauces and gravy. Les Voyageurs conducted Ag in the Classroom activities at KIPP Believe Primary School in New Orleans. They finished the day visiting the design studio of alumna Suzanne Perron St. Paul and enjoying dinner with alumna Joy Bruce. agclassroom

On the third day of their excursion, the group conducted service projects at Second Harvest Food Bank and City Park. They packaged 10,000 pounds of food at the food bank and helped City Park staff remove strands of lights from the park. They also visited Grow Dat to learn about youth and urban agriculture.

The final day included a visit to the WWII Museum and a reflection on the weekend’s activities.

Peyton Arthur, a junior studying agricultural and extension education, said the trip was a reminder of the reason they are ambassadors. "Not only are we able to promote and teach agriculture, we are also able to learn more about the industry we advocate for," Arthur said. 

The team is now preparing for a spring break trip to Poland.