Community Greening, As It Is Meant To Be
Friday, November 7
Today I worked with the New Orleans Food and Farm Network (NOFFN). This organization represents every element of community greening possible.
The area of Hollygrove has a 40% poverty rating. Almost half of the residents are considered below low income and are officially in the poverty bracket. It has been a longstanding and widely-known fact that healthy, fresh food is largely unavailable to the people in this neighborhood.
When Katrina hit, decimating most of this area, the neighborhood stood up and said they wanted to rebuild, but not just rebuild: rebuild green, rebuild healthy and rebuild strong. They wanted to implement tools and resources to help their community be a better place.
What started as the desire to help residents build backyard gardens turned into a grand vision of having a local food market and education center. They are incorporating wonderful things such a rain-catch system to water their plants, green roof tops, an outdoor classroom and much more.
It was redeeming to see a community pulling together to make a stand and make a motion for positive change.