Gardening in Katrina’s Wake: Growing Food Helps Rebuild New Orleans

New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward bears plenty of scars of Hurricane Katrina that devastated the city 15 years ago – overgrown vacant lots, broken foundations where houses stood and empty streets where people once lived.

Then there’s the gardens of Jeanette Bell, plots of life she has built to teach people to grow their own food from the ruins.¬†“Once you start growing, you immediately recognize the difference, instantly, in your food and in your life,” said Bell, 76, founder of the Garden on Mars Urban Garden Project.¬†Bell has five gardens in the Lower Ninth, the poorest and worst hit of New Orleans’ 17 wards when the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and 80% of the city was flooded. Follow this link to learn more.

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