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Viet Village Urban Farm

Amazing gardens run by the Vietnamese-American community in New Orleans, and a project to rebuild the gardens after Katrina.

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From the Tulane City Center:

"The Tulane City Center is working with Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation (MQVN) to develop a strategy for the implementation of a 28 acre urban farm and farmers market in the Village de L’Est neighborhood. TCC’s partners in the projects are the LSU School of Landscape Architecture and the University of Montana’s Environmental Studies program.

The Vietnamese-American community in New Orleans East has maintained an extensive network of community gardens since their migration to the area from Vietnam in the 1970’s. These gardens produced food that was not readily available in the area at the time and was used by the growers to feed their families. Surpluses were sold at an informal Saturday morning market. These gardens were destroyed by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina and the proposal we have been working on constitutes a vision to re-establish these practices in a more formalized and developed setting."

Also check out the other urban farming resources from the Tulane City Center, like this one:

I like this project because it is a reminder that local food can embrace multiple food cultures.

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Indeed – the multi-cultural aspect here sings a fine tune!