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Landscape Architect Brown To Receive 2017 Green Spirit Award At Parkway Partners’ Annual “Feast” Fundraiser

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Landscape Architect Brown To Receive 2017 Green Spirit Award At Parkway Partners’ Annual “Feast” Fundraiser


“NEW ORLEANS – As Parkway Partners launches its strategic re-envisioning year, its annual jazz brunch fundraiser, The Feast, will return Sunday, Oct. 8, [EDIT: The Feast is now scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 5] from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., to the venue that held the beloved event in its inaugural year more than 30 years ago: The New Orleans Board of Trade, 316 Magazine St.

         The Parkway Partners Board selected landscape architect and planner Dana Nunez Brown to receive its 2017 Green Spirit Award because of her tireless work informing professionals and citizens about low-impact development, storm water management and smart growth, reps said.

         Past recipients of the Green Spirit Award include Margaret Orr, former New Orleans City Councilmember Jackie Clarkson, Michael Karam, Jared Zeller and, in 2016, Dr. Bob Thomas.

         Parkway Partners founder Flo Schornstein was the original award winner.

         “A born advocate, Dana Nunez Brown is among a group of professionals who raised the public conscience post-Katrina about the importance of storm water management, as well as its positive impact on urban growth and greenspace preservation and enhancement,” said Jim Lestelle, Parkway Partners Board president.

         During her 34 years of experience as a landscape architect and planner, Brown has worked for firms in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Boston and Orange County, California. She also has worked for EDAW, Inc., and Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc., in California before returning to Louisiana and settling in New Orleans, where she now serves as president and principal of Dana Brown & Associates, Inc.

         Brown’s work in Louisiana has focused on community planning, ecological design and public outreach along with leading various Louisiana projects.

         The Feast is the organization’s annual fundraising event held every October. With the support of local businesses, corporations and friends of Parkway Partners, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to support tree planting and greenspace education in New Orleans, reps said.

         “Parkway Partners works closely with the city, but we receive no funding from its budget,” said founder Flo Schornstein. “Just as we rely on volunteers like Dana to support our work, we depend on our annual Feast to help finance our efforts.”

         For more than 25 years, The Feast has attracted hundreds of fans who enjoy live jazz while dining on outstanding cuisine and specialty drinks. This year, Feast catering will be provided by Pigéon Catering. The menu will not disappoint, nor will the Bloody Mary bar, nor the signature cocktail, reps said.

         Guests will be entertained by the lively tunes of the Messy Cookers Jazz Band, surprise guest appearances and an interactive silent auction experience.”


Times-Picayune Article on Community Gardening

Thanks to Susan Langenhennig at the Times-Picayune for this great article!


Join the Urban Farm Bike Tour

This is one of the most exciting events of the year! Grab your bike and helmet and join in this exciting bike tour of Parkway Partners’ and other organizations’ Urban Farms throughout the city.
Urban-Farm-Bike-Tour-ThumbFor more information and to sign up, check out the Eat Local Challenge Website.


Federal City Community Garden Thrives


Cindy Metcalf walked into Parkway Partners with a big idea and a packed schedule. Due to the fact that she’s the very active President of Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans, I tried to sway her away from founding the Federal City Community Garden.

Founding a garden takes a lot of work. Creating a sustainable and thriving garden takes even more work. But Metcalf could not be stopped. She successfully navigated Federal City’s legal department, despite many setbacks. She worked with Federal City residents, marines and Parkway Partners volunteers to construct raised cinder block beds and haul in soil.

Today, sitting atop dilapidated tennis courts on the 400 block of Guadalcanal, the Federal City Community Garden is thriving. Every bed is adopted and there are plans to build more very soon.

Parkway Partners is very grateful to support Lead Gardeners and citizens like Cindy Metcalf who transform their dreams into realities.


-Susannah Burley, Program Director

Looking to Volunteer?

Come join us at our schoolyard garden workday at KIPP Central City Academy this Saturday! Thanks to Whole Foods for supporting this event.

Click invite for a closer look.

Whole Foods Kids Garden Party

ReFresh Community Farm


Please help support our newest urban farm, the ReFresh Community Farm, founded by Emily Mickley-Doyle and Matt Glassman, of SPROUT NOLA. This farm is a training farm wherein individuals and families can cultivate the knowledge to grow at home, in a community garden, or at the professional level.

The ReFresh Community Farm is 1 of only 5 finalists for a Garnier® Terracyle® grant that would enable them with a $135,000 farm build. Please visit their website to learn more and to vote. Please vote daily and help spread the word on Facebook!