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4 posts from January 2014

  • 01/24/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

University of Sioux Falls Blight Busters

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.  University Of Sioux Falls Blight Busting VolunteersThey 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.  Work begins

ClearedBut these student musicians had much more to share with our community.  Their chamber wind ensemble regaled us with a half hour of glorious music!  Chamber Wind Ensemble

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. 

Thank YOU for lifting us up with your service and your music.Back to their roots

At least 100 bricks 

  • 01/13/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Common Ground Volunteers Plant Trees on CSED Florida Avenue Lot

  Vol Group Shot








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. Tree Planting Collage

James Tree Box Collage

  • 01/07/2014
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

Colleen Butler Computerized Our Design Plan for CSED Lots at Florida & Caffin Avenues

  Computerized Design Plan Resized

We would like to give a shout out to Ecologist Colleen Butler who generously offered to volunteer her services to computerize our 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.  

Florida Lot CollageAs 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. 

Computerized Plan Rain Catchment Benches Rope Fence Resized


Colleen, we so appreciate your time and effort!

  • 01/06/2014
  • Posted by Vincent Fedeli

Green Schools Challenge

Solar for Kids - All SoulsCSED takes part in USGBC's Green Schools Challenge.  Mission is to educate Louisiana children about benefits of green building and environmental stewardship by participation in hands-on, experiential projects.

Energy Efficiency Coordinator Vincent Fedeli of CSED teaches at All Souls Church after school program a Solar for Kids Class.  Highlights include solar jeopardy games and construction of pizza box solar ovens.  Program will end with the building and racing of solar race cars at Oliver Bush Playground!