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SUMMARY: Crown Community Garden works to enhance the quality of life in New Orleans East neighborhoods through community gardening and community/volunteer activism. We find it important not only to help individuals but to model healthy practices that can be implemented in their gardens, homes, and communities.

New Orleans East is a consistently under-served community in our city. Neighborhoods struggle from a lack of organizational support for families and kids, very few productive green spaces, and absence of health & wellness education. Located in a food desert and surrounded by impoverished neighborhoods, Crown Community Garden’s work is to help a community starved for attention and resources. The ultimate hope is to equip our community with resources needed to improve their lives and community.

 Currently those goals are pursued on a very small scale. The Garden, being run only by volunteers, offers only limited manpower and limited hours for use by the community and only the very basic shared resources. The addition of a part-time worker/garden coordinator will enable the Garden to consistently engage the community providing more opportunities to teach and equip the immediate community with the knowledge and tools they need for a better quality of life. It is expected that a dedicated Garden Coordinator will allow us to increase time spent on the core objectives of the Community Garden. Roles of the coordinator will include: managing more open garden hours, educating community members of the value of the garden and how to maintain a garden on their own, and consistently reach out and invite the community to the Garden.

    • Staffer need: Garden Activities Coordinator

    • Part time- 15 hr weeks - $14.50hr

    • Duties: The essential functions of the Garden Activities Coordinator are

 i.      Garden Maintenance: Responsibilities would include general maintenance of Flower and vegetable garden and upkeep of nature area, caring for equipment, create and implement growing schedule, host community workdays

 ii.      Community engagement: The ability to host school kids and lead them through a garden curriculum.  Develop curriculum appropriate for various groups: school age kids, disabled, families promoting a healthy lifestyle. Organize community events at the garden location

 iii.      Community Outreach: Promote the Community Garden and its events. This will include attending other community events, networking with local organizations and maintaining a strong social media presence.

 

 

 

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