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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.

Langston Hughes Academy

From day one of the Dreamkeeper garden's inception, life in the garden has been growing exponentially. Now one of our most mature growing spaces, Langston Hughes Academy's Dreamkeeper Garden is tucked away behind the school, which makes it a perfect place for plants, animals, and critters to thrive. The outdoor classroom, constructed in 2014, creates shade and a beautiful learning environment for children. Rainwater from the roof runs into a cistern that waters garden beds nearby. In the outdoor classroom, students can experience garden class even when it's raining. We've also added a horticultural therapy component to our program at LHA, which serves students who are struggling in a beautiful, calming outdoor setting and builds their leadership skills and confidence. 

The Dreamkeeper garden is home to many different life cycles, including pigmy goats, a pot-bellied pig, and several laying hens, the favorite garden residents of adults and children alike. Our healthy and happy chickens grace us with eggs each day, which we use in our afterschool cooking club and daytime garden cooking classes. Come by the garden early in the morning, and you'll hear the hens talking to each other, see the goats playing, and watch the pig squeal with delight! Colorful signs featuring the poetry of our namesake dot the landscape, and ensure that our garden is indeed a place where dreams can be nurtured, and realized.