Urban Educational Garden
Our 2022 garden volunteer kickoff day is BACK!
Saturday, May 28th from 10am-12pm
Public is welcome to join in and get their hands dirty for this fun, rewarding start to the gardening season. Join us!
This season in the Garden...
Every third Saturday of the month, we will host workshops/special events/guest speakers and every fourth Saturday of the month, we will host volunteer days:
MEET OUR NEW FARM & COMMUNITY MANAGER...
nayomi cawthorne is a land steward focusing on food, medicine, and holistic wellbeing. She has worked with farmers in Palestine, Jordan, Guatemala, and India and managed farms in West Virginia and Detroit. She is a yoga instructor and somatic guide, working with students to deepen their embodiment practices. She is excited to connect and work with community members as we collectively explore ways to be in sustainable relationship with each other and our greater environment. nayomi is the founder of Root to Bloom where she offers agricultural consulting and somatic guidance. You can find her on her yoga mat, hiking with her dog, or sharing a meal with loved ones.
For more information about our garden, contact:
nayomi cawthorne, Farm & Community Manager
All garden plots are 20’ x 4’ cedar wood raised beds. With the proper preparation and care, you can grow plenty of food to have nutritious food and develop deeper earth connection!
People for Palmer Park Community Garden is focused on 3 intentions:
We will be renting out 15 of our 23 garden beds to activate our garden to be full of community invested in food sovereignty and food production. The purpose of renting a garden bed is to take responsibility and commit to tending this beautiful garden together. The remaining plots will be to grow food to share and donate with the Palmer Park community.
$30 Seasonal Garden membership includes:
The photos above taken May 18-19, 2018 at PFPP Volunteer Days, with Home Depot and community members. Photos by Amy Lebowsky.
Why is People for Palmer Park doing this?
Gardening has provided a different perspective on the way residents can use land in the city. The garden is a resource to others who are interested in growing their own garden or creating a community garden in their neighborhood. The garden allows anyone to have hands on experience and learn the practical application of gardening.
Who runs Palmer Park Garden on a daily basis?
The Farm and Community Engagement Manager. They report directly to People for Palmer Park’s Preservation & Beautification Committee and Board of Directors.
What kind of fruit and vegetables are here?
Many different types, depending on the season, have included peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, beets, collards, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, beans, pumpkins, peas, radishes, apples, zinnias, marigolds, various herbs and much more. Those participating in our bed rental program will be able to choose what to grow under our guidance.
Where does the produce go?
Some produce in past years has gone to our volunteers who help out at the garden as well as donations to food pantries. Bed rental participants will get to keep their harvest!
How large is the garden?
The majority of the garden is housed in 20' x 4' raised beds made of cedar. The beds are intentionally ADA compliant, and also allow for easier access, great drainage, prevention of soil compaction, and for the soil to warm more quickly in the spring. In 2017, we expanded the garden by adding more additional beds, as well as a greenhouse, compost station and natural fence line.
What was previously on the site?
The raised beds currently sit on an old softball diamond.
When can I volunteer?
VOLUNTEER KICKOFF WEEKEND IS generally in mid-May: No experience necessary and all ages are welcome. Once you're familiar, you can return any time to pitch in.
Just off Pontchartrain on Merrill Plaisance, next to the Splash Park lot. Look for the raised beds!