Edible Opportunities in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth

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Six years after Katrina, it’s still a challenge to find basic resources in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. But a local community garden and education center is trying to change that.

New Orleans’ painful last six years have been well documented. And the city’s Lower Ninth Ward has seen the worst of the worst. Houses and businesses were decimated, and the area is still a food desert, there’s literally nowhere close to find groceries.

But that’s slowly changing thanks to an old abandoned grocery store that’s been revived, and turned into an organic garden run in part by local youth. Blair Grocery’s existence means this Thanksgiving residents of the Lower Ninth didn’t have to walk far to find some healthy items to serve for dinner.

Jesse Hardman