Federal City Community Garden Thrives

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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