|ProStart Students at East St. John High School plant five |
fruit trees on campus, made possible by the LRAEF
and the New Orleans Food and Farm Network.
Just days prior, ProStart Coordinator James Blanchard and VP of Communications Wendy Waren were discussing the edible garden concept and how the LRAEF could help get them going in ProStart programs.”
The two jumped on the opportunity. Blanchard contacted the teachers and Waren handled logistics. She has a history of coordinating tree and edible garden plantings with Home Depot, Hands On New Orleans, Parkway Partners, Hike for KaTreena for New Orleans two schools, parks and neutral grounds.
“Edible gardens at schools have been increasing in popularity and several of the ProStart teachers have been asking how they can start a garden for their ProStart programs,” said ProStart coordinator James Blanchard. “It was good looking out on Wendy’s part to secure the $1,500 tree donation for the program.”
|East St. John ProStart Students proudly pose with their|
newly-planted fruit trees.
The project called, NOLA Edible Forest, was made possible by the Apache Foundation Tree Grant Program.