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BEAUCOUP BOUQUET: WHO KEEPS NEW ORLEANS GROWING?

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Left to right: Jeanne Simmons Extra Wide Hat; Daisies from WallpaperHDC; Garden sign from The Acorn Farm

 

Happy growing season, divas! While we’re always on the hunt for beautiful wildflowers, some of us grow our own. Others are dedicated to helping the whole community have access to fresh flowers and produce. Here are some of our favorite flowerbeds around town, and some tips for you to dig in!

 

Center: Loretta Branch Strawberry Brooch; Farm & strawberries from The Acorn Farm

 

Located in the lower ninth ward, The Acorn Farm is an organic, nonprofit urban farm and community space dedicated to increasing food access and education in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Farmers Dov Block and Gavin McCall keep it growing! Acorn Farm envisions a community where residents have access to produce that is truly local, affordable, and delicious. Learn more on their website, or try some goodies made with their produce at Fair Grinds coffee house.

 

Left to Right: Grow Dat Farm & produce from Twitter

 

 The mission of the Grow Dat Youth Farm is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Located in New Orleans City Park, Grow Dat works collaboratively to produce healthy food for the community, inspiring both youth and adults to create personal, social, and environmental change. People from different backgrounds and disciplines all come together at Grow Dat to research, practice, and support a sustainable food system in South Louisiana. Look for their produce at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market or stop by next time you take a walk in the park to learn more!

 

Left to right: Green Light Rain Barrel; Seedling and garden from Green Light NOLA

 

Green Light New Orleans is another of the many non-profit organizations doing fantastic work in New Orleans! Green Light offers free energy efficient light bulbs, rain barrels and backyard vegetable gardens to demonstrate that a mass movement of individual actions creates a significant impact on our environment and community. You can see their raised bed gardens and gorgeous hand-painted rain barrels all over town, but be sure to stop by their office to check out the free seed library! What will Green Light help you grow?

Left to right: Bearberry Purse; Seedlings from The Acorn Farm

 

Don’t be shy to get your hands dirty, divas! These organizations–along with many, many others–can help you get your garden started, whether your idea of growing involves acres of farmland or simply some wildflowers in a vase.

 

xoxo,

Diva Stacey