Federal City Community Garden
The Federal City Community Garden (FCCG) serves active duty and retired military, residents of Federal City (a decommissioned naval base) and the Westbank community of New Orleans. Federal City housing contains 200 military families and MARFORRES employs 1400 active duty/reserve and civilian workers. Last August, together the military and community volunteers constructed 27 raised beds on two abandoned tennis courts. Three of these beds are handicapped-assessable for those individuals who are wheelchair bound or have mobility or physical restrictions. The 24 family beds were immediately distributed and many military and Westbank families are now on the waiting list for additional beds. The FCCG site has ample space to construct 24 additional raised beds inside the tennis courts with an acre of land adjoining the property which could house additional beds/row plantings, orchard space and ideally serve as a catalyst for a Farmer's Market in Federal City to serve the Westbank population The FCCG allows military families and Westbank residents to grow fresh nutrient-rich produce while providing an engaging meeting space and helps to foster communication and community, in addition to beautifying a blighted area of housing. By growing their own produce, the garden may help persuade the families to eat a wider variety and larger quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables, which in turn could promote better nutrition and improved overall health while using sustainable agricultural practices. This project is the first and only LSU AgCenter/Louisiana Master Gardener educationally supported community garden on the New Orleans Westbank, an area where the population is traditionally underserved. The Master Gardeners host a monthly educational activity day for families to stimulate interest in vegetable gardening. FCCG facebook page. www.facebook.com/groups/162296217295832/
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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