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Edible Schoolyard NOLA

Edible Schoolyard NOLA

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Changing the way children and familieseat, learn and live at FirstLine Schools in New Orleans.

Phillis Wheatley Community School

Philis Wheatley Community School's Edible Schoolyard program grew from the initial seeds sown at the John Dibert Community School garden, before the school moved to its new site in Treme and adopted a new name. Nestled between iconic New Orleans restaurants, Dooky Chase and Willie Mae’s, the Wheatley garden is now two years old, and features a “gumbo garden” where many of the herbs and vegetables used in Leah Chase’s gumbo grow. There is also a small production garden, lovingly tended by Wheatley students and ESYNOLA staff. Fences around the school are covered in beautiful muscadine and passionfruit vines. The urban campus has recently added a community orchard, with plantings of fig, satsuma, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, kumquat, and papaya trees. Future plans include a free-standing kitchen / garden house on the school grounds, where students, families and community members will learn to cook delicious meals sourced from the garden.