Ninth Ward Welcomes Community Garden with Help from DFA Employees

September 17, 2010
Dairy Farmers of America

Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, an outpouring of support helped the New Orleans community begin its road to recovery. Five years later, redevelopment efforts continue but there is still much work to be done, particularly in the hard-hit Ninth Ward. On September 23, management and staff of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA), a national milk marketing cooperative, will take a break from their annual training conference to help launch the development of two community gardens in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

More than 200 DFA employees will transform two vacant lots into vibrant, beautiful community gardens that will supply Ninth Ward residents with a variety of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, as well as a positive social hub.

The activity is being coordinated and managed by HandsOn New Orleans through a partnership with NOLA Green Roots, a greenspace development organization.

WHEN: 1:30 to 4 p.m., Thursday, September 23

WHERE: 1301 Desire Street, Ninth Ward, New Orleans

WHY: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, DFA Cares was founded to assist DFA’s dairy farmer members and others in the Gulf Coast agriculture community. Today, the DFA Cares Foundation has expanded to include the DFA Cares Hotline, DFA’s Member Assistance Program and the DFA Scholarship Program. The foundation enables members and staff to fulfill one of the Cooperative’s core values — community.

WHO: DFA is a dairy marketing cooperative that serves and is owned by nearly 17,000 members on more than 9,500 farms in 48 states. DFA also is one of the country’s most diversified manufacturers of dairy products, food components and ingredients, and is a leader in formulating and packaging shelf-stable dairy products.

HandsOn New Orleans, a HandsOn Network affiliate and volunteer center for the Greater New Orleans area, transforms communities through volunteer service and leadership development. Through its Hands@Work program, HandsOn New Orleans helps companies engage their employees by assisting in the design, development and management of small or large-scale employee engagement projects.

Recognizing the potential for greenspace development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, NOLA Green Roots was started by Joe Brock in 2008. The goal of NOLA Green Roots is to convert blighted and abandoned lots throughout the city of New Orleans into vibrant community gardens that create social hubs and provide access to naturally grown vegetables, herbs and fresh eggs.