Viet Village Urban Farm
The Tulane City Center is working with Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation (MQVNCDC) 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.
In the initial proposal the farm is designed to be sustainable both culturally and environmentally. Agricultural production is organic, energy is used efficiently, water is managed on site, and waste is recycled. The market is envisioned as a place that serves the local community and draws people from other neighborhoods of New Orleans and visitors from other cities.
4626 Alcee Fortier Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70129
Tulane City Center
Dan Etheridge, advising professor
Art Terry, TCC intern
LSU School of Landscape Architecture
Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation
Father Vien Nguyen
University of Montana