Here in New Orleans, we are always talking about growth in terms of property, rebuilding of houses, complex zoning issues and, most recently, the census. These issues can seem hopeless because behind each blighted property or each home in need of repair, there is another. The Ninth Ward Community Garden at 1301 Desire Street represents a tangible growth worth celebrating. Nevermind its prolific pecan tree, above-ground garden beds, composted soil and park-like atmosphere, the garden produces fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs in a neighborhood that does not have a grocery store. You can taste this growth. The Ninth Ward Garden Grand Opening will be celebrated on March 26 at 1301 Desire Street from 1PM to 5PM. There will be membership signup, a presentation by those who made this garden possible, and NOLA Green Roots beloved baby back ribs! The garden is made possible by the Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.—DFA is the chief benefactor and physical builder. Dairy Farmers of America volunteers built the garden in three hours. Talk about initiative! DFA is a cooperative of nearly 17,000 dairy farmers who have banded together to become one of the largest producers of butter and cheese in America. If anyone knows about unifying around supplying food to our community, it’s this group. Built on values such as integrity, quality and passion, DFA set the tone for the Ninth Ward Garden to succeed naturally and with dignity.
We invite the entire community, NOLA Green Roots members and their families, and any one who likes food, fun and New Orleans hospitality for a good cause! Please RSVP here: http://nolagreenroots.com/projects/view_project.php?project_id=7