Thursday we worked in the lower 9th Ward with a woman who is a gardening educator and building a community garden in the lower ninth ward. She was able to purchase a home built by the Make It Right foundation founded by Brad Pitt. We worked in the area where most homes had been built through Make it Right which helped bring life back into this historic neighborhood. This, she said is her "heart home", where after never owning a home and serving as an educator in California, and serving in the Peace Corps she was able to establish herself here in New Orleans after growing up here.
In the bearable heat, thanks to cloud cover, we weed-whacked, pulled weeds, and raked and composted, improving the neighborhood by increasing visibility on a corner of a busy street, preparing an area for a future community garden and dealt with fire ants but thankfully no snakes!
We also built a cake compost frame which is built by layering green, brown and black layers with water, then compressing the layers and raising up the frame as the "cake" is made. Our host learned this in Central America during the peace corps and it allows for large volumes of compost to be made in a small space.
It was hot, sweaty work enjoyed by all! We finished our stay in New Orleans by visiting rock and bowl, a unique New Orleans experience complete with a zydeco band and awesome bowling fun!
I'm very grateful for this time and our young adults as they become contributors to the work of God in the world.