Day 4 here in NOLA. For our last service project of the week, the group headed out to the ARC of Greater New Orleans Vintage Garden in Chalmette. ARC of Greater New Orleans is a non-profit serving adults with developmental disabilities. They provide day care and employment. Today we helped in their Chalmette garden, weeding, planting, watering, and tilling. Along the way we learned that gardening is more than just putting seeds in the soil. We learned that each plant needs to serve more than one purpose in order for successful growth. This garden was filled with delicious looking vegetables like rainbow chard and plump cabbage heads.
A snapshot of yellow rainbow chard growing in the Vintage Garden
We met some wonderful people. We had a volunteer group from Connecticut working alongside us. We also met ARC workers, Shelton, Raymond, Darren, Carey, and Tommy. We appreciated the opportunity to work alongside these enthusiastic individuals.
When we finished our day at the Vintage Gardens we returned to Camp Restore to get ready for our celebratory meal. We went to Mulate’s in downtown New Orleans and enjoyed a Cajun meal while listening to a live performance from La Touche, a local Zydeco band. A great end to our last day of service projects.
-Katiana and Christy