It seems that everywhere you look in New Orleans, new buildings, businesses, and gardens are popping up. A diverse set of organizations and institutions are developing innovative collaborative projects that are all seeking to improve our City and the quality of life for its residents. Whether it be providing new opportunities to youth or better access to healthy foods for a community, below are just a small segment of the projects that you should learn more about and support as they continue to change the landscape and possibilities of New Orleans.
Grow Dat Youth Farm is a partnership between Tulane City Center, the New Orleans Food and Farm Network, and City Park, and was completed in January 2012. Located in the middle of City Park, Grow Dat Youth Farm’s mission is “to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food.” The Farm’s programming brings youth of all ages together to learn about growing food and how it positively affects their health and community. Watch a short video on the project to meet the people who put it together.
Market on LaSalle was developed by Tulane School of Architecture’s URBANbuild design/build program and Harmony Neighborhood Development. Market on LaSalle consists of a set of 14 ft high pod-like structures on tracks that have replaced what once was an empty lot. These movable structures will be used for Harmony’s weekly market as well as community events. The project provides a retail space in an area whose residents have very little access to retailers and amenities. Read more about the project or watch a video here.
The ReFresh Project on Broad is a mixed-use development project brought to the community by Broad Community Connections (BCC). The groundbreaking for ReFresh took place on May 9th, 2013 and construction should be complete by the end of 2013. The site will be home to Liberty’s Kitchen, a grocery store, a charter school management organization and other health- and wellness-related businesses and programs. The project is bringing healthy food access and education to an area deemed one of New Orleans “food deserts”. Visit the BCC’s site for more information and watch a short video on the project.