Urban Farming in the 6th Ward
In New Orleans, a post-Katrina landscape offers up abandoned and underused land for food production. Vacant lots, some thirty thousand already seized by the New Orleans Recovery Authority for redevelopment, are logical opportunities for the extension of greenspace in the city. The resurrection of the Victory Garden concept within this new landscape fits neatly into the New Orleans Recovery model, while simultaneously repairing the disconnect between farm and table.
Covenant Farms brings urban farming to the 6th Ward, while promoting urban infill, vacant land repurposing and green jobs for at-risk youth. Covenant Farms introduces students to urban farming through the work of hands-on gardening and a paired curriculum focused on food justice. Using several donated lots in the 6th ward, students have cleared, planted, cultivated and harvested edible crops.