Stephanie M. Elwood is a licensed Horticulturist and Extension Associate with the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SUAREC) serving since 2011.
She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in 2010 and her masters in Urban Forestry from Southern University in 2018. Her outreach with SUAREC includes SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Growing Healthy program coordinator, implementing gardens on school, head start and senior residential campuses to complement ongoing nutrition
education classes, as well as PI and instructor for the Fast Track Agriculture grant teaching horticulture and life skills classes to adjudicated and incarcerated youth in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. She has over ten years of hands-on gardening instruction experience. Her thesis research concentration is on Gardening and Positive Behavioral Changes for Adjudicated and Incarcerated Youth in Louisiana. She is a mother of two children: 6-year-old daughter and 8-month-old son.