Developed by NOLA Green Roots in 2009, Mid City Community Garden (MCCG) is an organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of the Mid-City neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Mid-City community realizes that gardening improves the quality of life for residents by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources, and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education. Mid-City members help organizations work to promote and support all aspects of community food and ornamental gardening, preservation and management of open space, and integrated planning and management of developing urban and rural lands. MCCG features raised beds, a greenhouse and chicken coop, and it is one of the locations in which our compost is made. Since its inception, members have enjoyed a variety of herbs, fruits, and vegetables grown here. The garden is a proud member of the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA).
The Tulane City Center and Mid City Community Garden partnered to develop a strategy for the garden that includes a set of raised beds, a compost area, a chicken coop, teaching and potting areas, and communal spaces for the market. The strategy is flexible to allow the plot to change over time. Therefore, the focus was to develop raised beds that harvest rain water for irrigation so that each bed functions as a unit regardless of its location. The project promotes community interaction and local food systems, creating an opportunity for local growth and development.