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The Jesuit Urban Farming Club of New Orleans


The planters (from left): sophomore Juan Martinez, senior Jack Ferro, alumnus Gavin Daigle ’04, sophomore Jacob Cassagne, sophomore Josh Talbot, Ms. Aurora Daigle, and sophomore James Deichmann.

The Urban Farming Club cultivated its first garden at the corner of Solomon and Banks streets September 27 through October 13, 2012.

Excerpt from Jesuit Urban Farming Club website:

The Jesuit Urban Farming Club’s mission is to cultivate urban agriculture which would create a renewable resource for the school community and inspire positive local action around food access. Since this club is just in its infancy, our urban farmers have just planted the first seeds of changes but will continue to compassionately carry the motto of “men for others” to new levels. Through nurturing the grounds just steps away from the practice field, we hope to produce enough fruits, vegetables, and herbs to either donate to local charities or improve the current supply of organic produce for the school cafeteria.

On a larger scale, the Jesuit urban farmers aims to impact the local food supply by empowering participants to produce food as an extracurricular activity, in the effort to create a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. Improving the food system through urban farming is one subversive tactic to address several large-scale problems which affect us here in Southern Louisiana—the diabetes and obesity epidemic, global warming, and racial/ethnic disparities in access to healthy food.

Link here.