Creating beautiful community gardens throughout New Orleans
Our garden is a community based organization located in the heart of Orleans Parish. Our goals are simple: to provide organically grown, local, produce to neighborhoods throughout our parish. We began as a small group of individuals with a mission to start a community garden within the neighborhood. As our garden flourished so did the relationships and kindness within the community. From that simple wave of "hello" to the conversations about the garden with neighbors there became a positive subject to talk about, indeed to laugh about on most occasions. With the help of donors from Kickstarter, to the people who "kicked in at the can" placed in the local corner store we were able to install water, build a shed, bring in rich compost for our beds, and add fresh greens, okra, tomatoes, herbs, and more to each table in our little neighborhood. Now there are chickens for eggs and those who first started this "scheme" are smiling and feeling the blessing of the people in that neighborhood, the people we wanted to see smile.
Now is a new time, a new year and we want to spread that blessing throughout our city. Through Habitat for Humanity, New Orleans Food and Farm Network and many more indviduals throughout the city, we have acquired more land in different parts of the parish in order to "spread the wealth". Our first garden is in a part of town called "The Black Pearl". This place and garden will always be special to me because this is where I live, rest, and breathe. Our second garden is in a place named "Pigeon Town". This is the garden pictured in the video. It has a wealth of culture and is right next to the levee, if you climb the hill you can see the Mississippi and the breeze caresses your face as you look down to the bustling below. Last, but not least in the newly acquired garden in the "St. Roch" area. This is a place in the heart of the downtown atmosphere, too fast, too busy, always flowing in and out with tourists and the people that work there. This garden is currently in need of plumbing installation as well as materials. Our needs are small in comparison of the service and beauty we wish to provide there, but as stated before we are local people working and studing to make these goals happen and finnacial constrants are holding us back of a goal to see our city green with organically grown food for ALL! Any donation you make will be much appreciated.
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Our challenges are simple, but real. Finnacial constrants are always in the way. There are so many projects we would like to accomplish in all our gardens, and we hope with your help and others in our community who are not so technologically inclined to raise the funds in order to bring these gardens in our parish. Workforce/labor is also an issue. Some of the people who benefit from our gardens are not always able to handle some of the labor intensive jobs that garden instillation requires. Luckly with volunteers from neighboring universities such as Loyola, and projects like the Jewish Farm School we have a source for large volunteer groups to come and help with these instillations with the help of our more experienced core group base. As always and never least is time. Although we all wish we could be genes and with a wave of the hand all would be done the reality is everything takes a long period of toil and frustration before our ideas and dreams are realized. The approach we have taken to this situation is, "All good things in all good time."
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