Business & Economy,
July 29th, 2012
On July 23rd, New Orleans Food and Farm Network launched Farm This Now!, an initiative that seeks to connect New Orleans residents who want to grow food, with vacant land in the city where they can garden or farm. The organization is helping to connect potential farmers to future farm sites by improving the accessibility of information about vacant land in New Orleans, and providing information about how individuals or organizations can lease or purchase this land.
One of New Orleans’ biggest problems today is revitalizing the thousands of blighted and abandoned properties throughout the city. These overgrown and dark at night areas contribute to aesthetic and safety concerns. Farm This Now! represents a constructive and pro-active opportunity to revive these lots and increase availability of healthy, fresh food. This project will create attractive and productive green spaces, reduce maintenance costs of the properties borne by the City, and help to create jobs that will stay in the community.