Plant the seeds of science and math, cultivate healthy choices and financial awareness and watch self-sufficiency and a fresh work ethic bloom through gardening projects in the city.
City Park's Growing Gardeners
1 Palm Drive, (504) 483-9470; www.garden.neworleanscitypark.com
Kids ages 6 through 9 can sign up for multidisciplinary activities scheduled on Saturdays at New Orleans City Park's Botanical Gardens. Classes are bimonthly and cost $15 each, $72 for six.
Grow Dat Youth Farm
1 Palm Drive, (504) 377-8395; www.growdatyouthfarm.org
Students from New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School, Warren Easton High School, De La Salle High School, The NET Charter High School and Joseph S. Clark High School learn agricultural skills at this farm in City Park. They also earn wages selling their food at local farmers markets. Students also donate produce to food pantries.
Hollygrove Market and Farm
8301 Olive St., (504) 483-7037; www.hollygrovemarket.com
Teachers can schedule field trips to the garden and farm at Hollygrove for students in kindergarten through third grade so the children can see horticulture in action.
Longue Vue House and Garden's Kinder Garden
7 Bamboo Road, (504) 488-5488; www.longuevue.com
Children from 18 months to 3 years old can explore the discovery garden, which boasts a turtle habitat, worm-digging station, compost unit, raking area, toys, potted plants and several wagons. Admission is $12, $10 for members; admits one child and an accompanying adult.
Our Kids Village
4235 Tulane Ave., (504) 206-9290; www.ourkidsvillage.com
Kids learn and execute various steps of gardening at the first local community garden, which is focused toward children in preschool through fifth grade.
Our School at Blair Grocery
1740 Benton St., (718) 415-0890; www.ourschoolatblairgrocery.org
Elementary- and middle school-aged students in the 9th Ward learn farming basics after school. During the day, high school- and college-aged individuals who have been in trouble with the law participate in activities that teach them new skills, and they're offered housing to help prevent a return to crime. Foods farmed at Blair Grocery are sold to local restaurants, groceries and farmers markets.
Sankofa Community Development Corporation
3819 St. Claude Ave., (504) 872-9214; www.sankofanola.org
High school students participating in the HEAL (Health, Education, Agriculture and Leadership) Project sell food they've grown in the Frederick Douglass Garden. They also host cooking demonstrations on Saturdays at the Sankofa kids' booth.