Starting a Community Garden

Talk to Your Neighbors and Then Talk to Us

  • Develop a group of interested neighbors.
  • Identify a vacant lot.
  • Go to the New Orleans City Assessor’s website to find out who owns the lot. Then talk to the owner to obtain permission to garden on the land.
  • If the owner cannot be reached or the City of New Orleans or NORA owns the land, call Parkway Partners at 504 620 2224, ext 400 or email sburley@parkwaypartnersnola.org for help.

Meet With Neighbors to Establish Interest

  • Schedule a meeting of interested neighbors.  Many people want to see a garden in their neighborhood.  But now you need to gather the people who want to garden year round, and at least every other day.
  • Once a commitment to the garden is assured, select a project coordinator to schedule a meeting with the Program Director at Parkway Partners.

Make a Plan

  • Test your soil.  If heavy metals are detected in the garden’s soil, it needs to either be capped, or raised beds need to be constructed.
  • Once the site is approved, a clean-up day(s) is organized.
  • A garden plan is designed in cooperation with the gardeners and help from Parkway Partners.
  • Finally, the framing is set in, soil is amended and the garden is planted.

Important Components of a Garden

  • Permission to use the land.
  • Consensus, commitment and acceptance of responsibility from a group of neighbors.
  • Water source.
  • Leadership structure and rules for gardeners.
  • Understanding that establishing a garden is a slow process, but Parkway Partners is  available to coordinate and assist.

To learn more about becoming involved in Community Gardening, call 504-620-2224 or email  sburley@parkwaypartnersnola.org

When your garden becomes active, we will include you on our list.