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Field Report: The Green Project

Kaylie with students from St. Benedict the Moor

February has been an eventful month for the Green Project as a whole.  Our selective salvage program is booming and we barely have space to display the inventory that we have.  Sales have gone up considerably over the past few months because of selective salvaging, good marketing, and the hard work of the Green Project staff.  We’ve also partnered up with Operation REACH to set up a vegetable oil disposal site in our warehouse.  Environmental education is also beginning to take off.  The weekly workshops are becoming more established and some individuals are becoming regular attendees.   I still struggle to come up with workshop topics but I found that brainstorming with other people helps tremendously.  Our children’s programming is developing as well. I led my first field trip at the Green Project two weeks ago.  Although things didn’t go completely as planned, I really enjoyed the kids’ visit and I think they learned a great deal.  I’ve also been creating an activity as our “pay-back” for the grant money that we received from the Crescent Fund.   At the Crescent City Farmers Market I will be giving a presentation about reuse and recycling to kids passing by and then we will create our own mini planters out of light switch boxes.  Next month, I will be visiting St. Benedict the Moor School to lead a craft project with Ms. Williams’ second grade class.  The pieces that they create will be auctioned off at Salvations in April.  In addition to educational outreach and the craft activities, I’ve continued to work on developing an elementary school reuse program/lesson plans.

I am most excited about the Green Project’s vegetable garden.  There are tomatoes, tomatillos, and nasturtiums thriving and I can’t wait for the next round of planting!

Beth, a Tulane VISTA Alumna, speaks with children from St. Benedict the Moor

-Kaylie Birdsall, Tulane VISTA & Environmental Education Coordinator @ The Green Project. For more information about volunteer and outreach activities, please click on this link The Green Project.


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