Making A Real Difference In Gulf Region Areas Surrounding
Students from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are in town performing Mardi Gras Madness with all their volunteer work! Today, in only 2 hours, they created a border of recycled slate roof tiles for our Community Garden at 4819 Dauphine Street! Throw them something Mister! ;)
We would like to extend great gratitude to the Rochester Mission Group from Rochester, New York which included hard-working volunteers from Webster, Greece & Ogden Baptist Churches. Just look at what they helped us to accomplish at our 4819 Dauphine Street Community Orchard in just TWO DAYS!!
Donated ginger was planted along the perimeter French drain which they dug & filled with broken brick pieces unearthed from the soil. The French drain will redirect runoff into the soon-to-be-built rain garden. Along with general debris & trash removal, the first entrance pathway was created using broken brick, cement, & recycled roofing slate.
Holes were dug & measured & nine fruit trees were planted, watered, & mulched. Neighbors will be able to enjoy the harvest from 2 Satsumas, 2 Ruby Red Grapefruit, 2 Blood Orange, 2 Meyers Lemon, & 1 Persian Lime! Dreams do come true.
The efforts of many continue to bear fruit as countless volunteers
generously keep coming to help us rebuild & grow our community.
The CSED hosted Green Corps students last week for training in radiant barrier installation at Mr. Sidney Butler's house. Mr. Butler became the 142nd Lower 9th Ward property owner to save energy & increase his comfort by having radiant barrier installed in his attic by the CSED. http://www.sustainthenine.org/programs/built-environment/radiant-barriers-weatherization LA Green Corps is a youth & adult training program working to preserve both our environment & architectural
integrity in the Greater New Orleans area. Over 400 students have graduated from their programs. http://www.lagreencorps.org/
Warrenetta, Vincent & I have just returned from the 2012 Growing Power Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin thanks to two scholarships provided by Will Allen, founder of Growing Power, and to Nat Turner, founder of Our School at Blair Grocery, who extended them to the CSED. Thank you so much for your generosity and the opportunity to attend such an informative, inspirational and motivating gathering.
We are forever grateful to the helping hands of endless volunteers who continue to come to the Lower 9th Ward to make a difference in our community.
Recently, I had the pleasure to work with "Alive In You" youth mission group from Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. For 2 days, these busy bees worked in the hot sun for hours helping my co-worker Charles Reddick and myself cut, clean, beautify, and add layers to our composting lots, and enhance our rain catchment system. Along with Veteran Volunteer Steven Gonzales, who found lost treasure, they transformed our space and lifted our spirits.
Thanks so much for helping us continue to move forward!
Join the National Wildlife Federation on Tuesday June, 19th at the New Orleans Healing Center at 2372 St. Claude Avenue. Free food will be provided and it is sure to be a laid back atmosphere with lively conversation! Join us!
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.
Austin Allen, Chair, 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, University of New Orleans J.W. Tatum, Lower Ninth Ward Bill Waiters, Holy Cross Neighborhood Association