New and returning volunteers with "Marquette Mardi Gras" helped us continue the reimagining of our Florida Avenue vacant lots by creating the beginnings of a butterfly island. They selectively cleared an existing circle of debris leaving in place the native wildflowers that were already growing there, built a center structure of logs and branches, added composted leaves, planted iris bulbs (given to us by our quintessential volunteer - Steve), broadcast wildflower seeds, and doused all with our rain catchment water. Dragonflies and lizards were visiting the island as we worked :-) These Marquette University volunteers did all that in just a few hours time!!! and with great humor and warm hearts. We are grateful and lifted by their spirit of giving.
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The CSED was fortunate to host Global Kids volunteers from New York City yesterday! They gave their hands, hearts, and minds in service to two homeowners who are rebuilding their homes. These high school students spent the day painting, cleaning, doing yard work, and sharing their impressive thoughts about life in general. Very special kids indeed!
A hearty thank you to all the Historic Green 2014 Spring Greening volunteers who spent a week in the Lower 9th Ward working on community projects.
Their energy and enthusiasm produced a rain garden in the back yard of our Chartres Street property and a Bayou Pavillion designed by Anne McTernan with rain catchment and a small rain garden on our Florida Avenue property.
But they accomplished much more at our Chartres Street house and at the Delery Street Playground. They topped it all off by hosting a crawfish boil for the community!
Thank you, Historic Green, for your seven years of support through Spring Greening Events in March of each year since 2008!
Learn more about Historic Green and see their extensive photos of the 2014 Spring Greening event on their facebook page http://historicgreen.org/2014-spring-green-event/
New and returning volunteers from Marquette University http://www.marquettemardigras.com/ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, gave new life to the CSED Dauphine Street Community Garden. They totally reworked the streetside planting bed! These energetic students weeded, and weeded, and weeded some more, put down landscape fabric under the streetside border, mixed in compost with the existing soil, planted liriope and loropetalum, and mulched with pine straw while they gladly soaked up some glorious, New Orleans sunshine.
They tirelessly continued to work all day. Thanks to them the rest of the garden beds were also weeded and mulched, the brick entrance walkway was raised with another layer of bricks, and recycled, concrete pavers were added at the end of the streetside bed for further protection from vehicles.
Hailing from the great state of New York, new & returning volunteers from Webster, Ogden & Greece Baptist Churches worked tirelessly in our neighborhood this week. I was fortunate to have the assistance and youthful energy of Brett Forstbauer, Taylor Riggins, & Michael Soluri. They worked with our constant, quinntessential volunteer Steve Gonzales to continue our effort to clear & level the blighted backyard of the property next to our Dauphine Street community orchard. These guys dug deep to eliminate roots, remove debris, & rake & level the ground to help us achieve easy maintenance.
Thanks to these young men, we also now have another community orchard planted on our Florida Avenue properties. They diligently dug holes, mixed soil, planted, watered, & mulched nine fruit trees...2 ruby red grapefruit, 1 sweet kumquat, 2 sweet orange, 1 Satsuma, 2 figs, & 1 apple.
University of Sioux Falls student musicians, led by Dr. Jonathan Neiderhiser, Director of Instrumental Music, came to serve and blessed us with their hard work AND their musical talents. They joined us in our never-ending battle against blight and tackled the backyard of the blighted house next to our Dauphine Street orchard. Our ongoing goal is to avoid the jungle of overgrowth that happens here every summer. Following up on another volunteer groups' efforts to clear the lot, these diligent folks from South Dakota cleaned up, dispersed the piles of debris, cut down tree stumps, created a compost "bin," leveled the lot, and thoroughly enjoyed our sunshine.
Inspired, delighted, but still wanting to serve, they "returned to their roots" and dug them up! They also unearthed at least 100 bricks! This lot will now be easily maintained by regular mowing and another area of blight has been obliterated.
Many thanks to James of Common Ground Reflief and to their volunteers who planted and mulched 1 pecan, 4 cypress, and 5 red maple trees on the CSED vacant lot at 5620 Florida Avenue. These volunteers came from near and far: New York, the College of New Jersey Alternative Break Club, the Share Institute from American River College in California, and the University of Mississippi. These hardworking young people continued their good works that day by planting trees in the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle. We are so very grateful that volunteers keep coming to offer their many hands in service to our community.
We would like to give a shout out to Ecologist Colleen Butler who generously offered to volunteer her services to computerize the landscape design plan for the CSED lots at Florida and Caffin Avenues. The Florida Avenue lot will be planted with red maple, pecan, and cypress trees. The naturalized "island" blooming with goldenrod that currently exists in the rear of this lot will be enhanced with additional plants to further attract butterflies. A community fruit orchard will be planted on the Lamanche Street properties. A perimeter fence of recycled 4x4 posts strung with rope has already been installed.
As per our request, Colleen designed a temporary seating structure for the Caffin Avenue lot to stage groups of visitors who often come to learn more about the Bayou Bienvenue Triangle. She included an attached rain catchment system to provide a water source for the site.
Colleen, we so appreciate your time and effort!