Project development in real time maps:

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Check out the Event Projects:

CFLCFL light bulbs: 126 homes

Backyard Vegetable GardenBackyard Vegetable Gardens: 42 homes

Rain BarrelRain Barrels: 24 homes

Community GardenCommunity Gardens: 3 gardens

Lot ClearingLot Clearing: 58 lots

Storm Drain CleaningStorm Drain Cleaning & Marking: 80 blocks

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Community Gardens

Green Light Desire Drive GardenELCA youth built two community garden in Pontilly and cleaned one community garden in Leonidas. The community garden in Pontilly is a partnership with NORA, New Orleans Food and Farm Network, who helped with the design and the neighbors in the 4800 block of Desire Drive. The garden is maintained by the residents of the 4800 block of Desire Drive.

Why install a community garden?

Community gardens are designed to improve the community. They combine neighborhood beautification, healthy food access and sustainable land use with community development. Visible to the whole neighborhood, a community garden demonstrates the importance of growing our own food. Residents can come together to build something beautiful and contribute to reduction of crime and blight in their neighborhood.

Community gardens...

  • Build a sense ofcommunity
  • Reduce transportation costs associated with going to the grocery
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with packaging and shipping fresh produce
  • Reduce chemical pesticides and fertilizers used in industrial farming practices
Tip the Block partner: New Orleans Food and Farm Network (NOFFN):

Founded in 2002, New Orleans Food and Farm Network (NOFFN) seeks to improve food security and accessibility to local, sustainable, fresh foods. NOFFN supports the sustainable growing of food in backyards, community gardens, schools, churches, and on nearby farms. NOFFN also has a strong public education program, providing workshops, capacity-building, and technical assistance to local gardeners and agricultural projects. They work closely with target communities to assist local residents in becoming community leaders in advancing food security. NOFFN supported Green Light with technical assistance.

By 2013 Green Light New Orleans has fully taken over the responsabilities for the backyard vegetable program.