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  • 01/29/2016
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Newsletter January 29, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Marquette University 


The wonderful volunteers from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin returned once again to volunteer with CSED. We've had the opportunity to welcome several groups from Marquette University over the years, and are always thankful for their hard work in our Lower 9th Ward community. 

Do you need volunteers? We can help!
CSED is looking for more Lower 9 residents who could use help from our awesome volunteers. In March, we'll welcome hundreds of spring break volunteers into our community. Let them give you a hand! 
 
To sign up, stop by our new office at 5227 Chartres St. or give us a call at 
504-324-9955.
CSED Lower 9 Resource Guide 
 
CSED is preparing the 4th edition of our Lower 9 Resource Guide. We encourage all Lower 9 business owners, churches and organizations to send us your updated information by the end of February 2016.  
 
If you'd like to submit information for the guide, please contact Beverly Jackson at 504 324-9955 or 504 756-1204. 
Tiny House Mixer with Make it Right
 

Great things come in small packages. Make it Right invites you to their Tiny House Open House, January 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 1732 Forstall.  At this special open house, you can tour the Lower 9's first Tiny House, previously featured on the TV show "Tiny House Nation". 
 
The house is one bedroom, one bath, 496 square feet, and it's priced at $100,000.
Grow your business at the Sankofa Fresh Market
 
Are you interested in selling your products at the Sankofa Fresh Stop Market? Are you developing your small business? Have you always wanted to start selling your food products? Apply to be a vendor at the Sankofa Fresh Stop Market. Preference will be given to applicants who live, work, or partner with groups in the Lower Ninth Ward area. Some products they are accepting include specialty organically grown produce, preserves, canned homegrown vegetables and fruits, yard eggs, artisan breads, flowers, and baked goods. For more information, contact Food Access Coordinator Grace Williams at grace@sankofanola.org.
Developer looking to build 'cohousing' community in Lower 9th Ward
 
A cluster of partially developed blocks in the Lower 9th Ward could become home to a development that uses shared space for activities such as meals, child care, gardening and recreation, in an effort to build a sense of community that backers say is all too lacking in traditional neighborhoods.
 
Lot Next Door 3.0 Program Relaunch

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) is re-launching the Lot Next Door program to dispose of its remaining eligible Lot Next Door properties.

Interested and Eligible Lot Next Door Buyers MUST notify NORA of intent to purchase a Lot Next Door Property by completing an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FORM on NORA's websiteIf you have questions, please contact the Lot Next Door Program Office at 504-658-4422.
Gardening With Youth 101
 
The LSU AgCenter Horticulture staff invites parents, teachers and community members to a "Gardening with Youth" class Thursday, February 11, 9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Community Center, 2022 St. Bernard Ave. Learn about the easiest plants to grow with the least amount of maintenance and stress when working with youth in gardens. 
 
Attendees are welcome to bring youth with them as 4-H Youth Development Agents will be providing activities for kids during the class.

For additional information, or to register, please contact the office at (504)658-2900.
More police presence in your neighborhood
 
NOPD Chief Michael Harrison announced a new deployment strategy that will create a surge in neighborhood patrols by putting nearly 100 additional officers on New Orleans streets--that means increased police presence, reduced response times, and deterred crimes of opportunity in your community. The new plan also extends community policing responsibilities to all NOPD officers, who are trained to provide quality-of-life services to residents.
In This Issue
Now Hiring: Evacuteer


Evacuteer is looking for a qualified new full-time Program and Volunteer Manager. 
 
Property tax deadline extended
The City of New Orleans issued a reminder that Monday, February 1, 2016, is the payment deadline for 2016 property taxes. Residents are strongly encouraged to pay their property taxes online or by mail on or before Monday, Feb. 1 to avoid long lines at City Hall.
 
Teaching garden in Lower 9th Ward expands LSU AgCenter's outreach
On 26 formerly blighted lots in the Lower 9th Ward, a nonprofit community farm grows fresh food for those in need, and it recently teamed up with the LSU AgCenter to expand its outreach. 

Capstone, a nonprofit founded by David Young, grows vegetable gardens and fruit trees and keeps bees and goats in an area where access to fresh food is limited.

Free high tunnel production workshop
 
The LSU AG Center is hosting a series of free high tunnel production workshops, kicking off here in Lower 9. The workshop will take place Feb. 16, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Sanchez Multipurpose Center, 1616 Caffin Ave. 
 
CSED Team 

Chief Executive Officer 
Arthur Johnson

Program Manager
Kathy Muse

Volunteer Manager
Warrenetta Banks

Wetland Specialist
John Taylor

Energy Efficiency Assistant
Charles Reddick

Community Resilience Outreach
Beverly Jackson

Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness 
Rachel Pickens

 

  • 01/28/2016
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

The Academy of Our Lady Students Volunteer to Lend a Hand

We are so grateful to the students and teachers from The Academy of Our Lady in Marrero who volunteered with us today!  Many hands helped gather leaves for composting, weeded and collected moonflower seeds at our Dauphine Community Garden, and also worked with Garden On Mars.  Thank you one and all for your service!

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  • 01/22/2016
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Climate Confusion

With our ying yang weather, our citrus orchards are producing their fragrant flowers and the butterflies and honey bees are taking full advantage of the nectar in our Dauphine Community Garden.  Meanwhile, across the neighborhood in our Butterfly Island on our Florida lots, the monarch butterfly caterpillar devours milkweed.

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  • 01/19/2016
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Newsletter January 19, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Northpoint Academy 

 

CSED was pleased to welcome the amazing volunteers from Northpoint Academy in Arizona. They helped with gardening/landscaping work and projects at Galvez Goodies. 

Do you need volunteers? We can help!
CSED is looking for more Lower 9 residents who could use help from our awesome volunteers. In March, we'll welcome hundreds of spring break volunteers into our community. Let them give you a hand! 
 
To sign up, stop by our new office at 5227 Chartres St. or give us a call at 
504-324-9955.
Hanging in there
 
 
An exciting new development for a Happy New Year! We have our first monarch butterfly chrysalis hanging from the milkweed in the butterfly island at our Environmental Learning & Research Center!

Learn more about the importance of monarch butterflies at Hanging In There.
 
Now hiring - TCA job fair 
 
 
Total Community Action is hiring! Stop by the pre-job fair and interviewing bootcamp Wednesday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. at 1424 S. Jeff Davis Pkwy. This event is designed to help applicants prepare for the job fair Thursday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 1416 Jeff Davis Pkwy. Please dress for success and bring resumes, as on-site interviews are possible. 
 
Available positions include assistant teacher, caregiver, center aide, custodian, student assistant, family advocate, food service technician, health & nutrition manager, teacher and information & referral specialist. For more information, visit www.tca-nola.org or call 504-872-0338
Tiny House Mixer with Make it Right
 
 

It's the tiny house you have to see to believe. Make it Right invites you to their Tiny House Open House, January 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 1732 Forstall.  At this special open house, you can tour the Lower 9's first Tiny House, previously featured on the TV show "Tiny House Nation". 
 
The house is one bedroom, one bath, 496 square feet, and it's priced at $100,000.
City of New Orleans to host training sessions for contractors on "HireNOLA" and DBE program

The City of New Orleans will kick off a series of free seminars to provide training on its new Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contract and labor compliance software systems and HireNOLA policy. The trainings are open to the public and will be held at Delgado Community College City Park Campus, H. Giles Hall, 615 City Park Av., New Orleans, LA 70119.
 
In This Issue
Now Hiring: Backyard Gardeners Network 
 
The Backyard Gardeners Network has open positions for Youth Outreach Co-Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator and Youth interns. 
 
From blighted lots to flourishing mini-farms: The Lower 9th Ward's 'Garden on Mars'
 
On an unseasonably warm day, just a week before Christmas, the plants seemed confused in the Lower 9th Ward's Garden on Mars. Early fall plantings of cherry tomatoes and basil hung on mightily next to cool-weather-loving rows of lettuces, kale, Swiss chard and broccoli.
CSED Team 

Chief Executive Officer 
Arthur Johnson

Program Manager
Kathy Muse

Volunteer Manager
Warrenetta Banks

Wetland Specialist
John Taylor

Energy Efficiency Assistant
Charles Reddick

Community Resilience Outreach
Beverly Jackson

Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness 
Rachel Pickens
  • 01/08/2016
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Newsletter January 8, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: UC Berkeley

 

This week, CSED welcomed our first volunteer group of the new year, wonderful students from University of California, Berkeley. 
Now Hiring: Backyard Gardeners Network
 
The Backyard Gardeners Network has open positions for Youth Outreach Co-Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator and Youth interns. 

Cameras in Hand, New Orleanians Capture A Changing Community
 
 
Last summer, National Geographic partnered with Lower 9 photographers Chandra McCormick and Keith Calhoun to offer a two-day photo workshop. 
 
Free weekly gardening workshop kicks off this weekend 
 
Learn how to grow veggies, fruits, flowers, and herbs at Garden on Mars' free weekly gardening workshops. They'll take place every Saturday in January, (Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30) from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at 2435 Charbonnet St. 

If you're interested in earning extra money, you can even learn how to grow for chefs and florists in town who want to support local growers like yourself. E-mail erin@gardenonmars.com to sign up.
City of New Orleans to host training sessions for contractors on "HireNOLA" and DBE program

The City of New Orleans will kick off a series of free seminars to provide training on its new Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contract and labor compliance software systems and HireNOLA policy. The trainings are open to the public and will be held at Delgado Community College City Park Campus, H. Giles Hall, 615 City Park Av., New Orleans, LA 70119.
 
Prayers for peace in 2016
 



Join NOLA Interfaith Peace Initiative
 for an interfaith prayer for peace gathering this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The gathering will take place at St. Pius X Church, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd. For more information, call Joe Givens at 504-416-0679 or visit their website
Faces of Holy Cross: An Impulse Redo on Caffin Street

 
Meet new Holy Cross neighbors Jane Castillo and Gene Benda and hear about their journey restoring their new Caffin Street home.
 
Their story...
 
In This Issue
Help design the Claiborne & Reynes Tire Shop Redevelopment
 
 
Contribute to the conversation at the tire shop redevelopment community meeting this Thursday, Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the first floor meeting room of the Sanchez Community Center, 1616 Caffin Ave. 
Neighborhood Participation Program Study Extended 

The New Orleans City Planning Commission is extending the study for the Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP). The study is considering modifications to the NPP to further enhance early notification and the dissemination of information related to development projects. The NPP Study will be considered at the City Planning Commission's February 23, 2016 meeting. More information on the NPP is available on the CPC website.
CSED Team 

Chief Executive Officer 
Arthur Johnson

Program Manager
Kathy Muse

Volunteer Manager
Warrenetta Banks

Wetland Specialist
John Taylor

Energy Efficiency Assistant
Charles Reddick

Community Resilience Outreach
Beverly Jackson

Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness 
Rachel Pickens
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  • 01/07/2016
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

"Hanging In There"

An exciting new development for a Happy New Year!  We have our first monarch butterfly chrysalis hanging from the milkweed in the butterfly island at our Environmental Learning & Research Center!  Learn more about the importance of monarch butterflies at Hanging In There Chrysalis Butterfly Island Florida Ave

Chrysalis Collage

 

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