Meet the newest addition to our Dauphine Community Orchard! A fig tree, generously donated by Stephanie Bruno, has found a home in our citrus orchard. Stephanie is a free lance writer and ardent supporter of the Lower 9th Ward Community. She helped to facilitate the donation of this property and wrote the recent article in the Advocate. Heart felt thanks to Stephanie and to all of our donors who give so much!
Weeding garden beds in our subtropical summers can be overwhelming and hot! Take these easy steps (like we did in our Dauphine Community Garden) to reduce your weeding in an environmentally friendly way and increase your summer fun time!
Cut or pull grass/weeds in your garden bed; lay down overlapping layers of newspaper (at least 10 pages thick) leaving space around the plants you wish to keep; you can wet the newspaper to help keep it in place; then cover the newspaper with at least two to three inches of the mulch of your choice (but not cypress!).
Eighth grade students and their Coach from North Star Academy & Vailsberg Middle School in Newark, New Jersey gave us hours of hard work last week! In the heat of the day, they weeded and moved a mountain of dirt on our Florida Avenue lots. Thank you all for sweating it out and moving us forward :)
CSED was thrilled to welcome back the wonderful volunteers from North Star Academy and Vailsburg Middle School of Newark, NJ. This was their second time working with us. If you'd like help from our volunteers, please contact CSED Volunteer Manager Warrenetta Banks at 504-939-9012.
Paid youth summer internships
The Renaissance Project is operating their 2nd Annual Regrowing Community Summer Youth Employment Program from June 15 - July 24, 2015 with a two-day orientation beginning June 11th. Each intern will work 25 hours per week and be paid $10 per hour. This is a great opportunity for youth workers to learn about local businesses and organizations.
Capstone Raw Honey is now available for purchase. Ten ounce jars (half pint) are $5 and 20 ounce jars (pint) are $10. The honey will be available at Capstone Farmers Market Fridays, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. at 5001 N. Claiborne Ave. It is also available at Urban Roots Garden Center, 2375 Tchoupitoulas St. You can even arrange for the honey to be delivered to your home. The money from the honey helps pay for food that Capstone grows and gives away to those in need as well as other Capstone projects in the Lower 9th Ward.
Project Homecoming is currently recruiting AmeriCorps members to serve in the 2015-2016 service year! They are looking for individuals who are motivated and passionate about safe, affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and helping displaced families return home to New Orleans.
Meet your neighbors and learn more about what's going on in our community at the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association meeting this Thursday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at Greater Little Zion Church, 5130 Chartres Street.
Chief Executive Officer Arthur Johnson Program Manager Kathy Muse Volunteer Manager Warrenetta Banks Wetland Specialist John Taylor Energy Efficiency Assistant Charles Reddick Community Resilience Assistant Beverly Jackson
Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness Rachel Pickens
Stop by our new Center at 5227 Chartres to see our raised beds built by Historic Green volunteers & learn more about growing in containers or contact Kathy Muse at 504-939-9028. Make gardening easy on your body :)
See more photos of all the industrious Historic Green volunteers accomplished Historic Green 2015
CSED is truly thankful for everyone who supported us for GiveNOLA Day, May 5th. Because of your generous support, we received 73 gifts totaling $4,601. More than 500 non-profit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area participated in the 2nd annual GiveNOLA Day. In just 24 hours, the event received 34,539 gifts totaling over $4 million.
Please join us as we celebrate the completion of the CSED Outdoor Wetland Education Center this Friday, May 8, 11:45 a.m., at Caffin & Florida Avenues. Tulane City Center students made it happen and will be on hand to share their incredible design/build process.
Founded in 2006, the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) works to stimulate civic engagement, repopulate, sustain natural systems, assist community leadership and preserve resources in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhoods.
Bill Waiters, Chair, Lower Ninth Ward Austin Allen, Louisiana State University Antoinette Ackerson, Lower Ninth Ward Calvin Alexander, Lower Ninth Ward William Becker, E3G, Natural Capitalism Solutions M. David Lee, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Stull and Lee Inc. Dave Macaulay, Green ArchiTEXT Darryl Malek-Wiley, Sierra Club Greer Mendy, Tekrema Center for Art and Culture Earthea Nance, Texas Southern University J.W. Tatum, Lower Ninth Ward