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Life Balance: The Art of Bonsai

As a partner, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a new mom, an AmeriCorps VISTA and occasional creative freelancer, sometimes my plate feels, not just like it’s full, but like … Continue reading

June 15, 2016

Adventures on the Cheap – Jackie Hammers-Crowell

I love a road trip. Even though our income has been low since we arrived in Louisiana in 2014 (VISTAs married to teachers don’t tend to be wealthy), I haven’t … Continue reading

March 21, 2016

The Kids Are Alright – Beau Braddock

The spring is flying by! It’s graduation time here at Tulane, and all of the seniors and graduate students are preparing for the big weekend of festivities, their families coming … Continue reading

May 29, 2015

Like a Code Blanket – Beau Braddock

So you write in SQL code, huh? How many databases have you made? Is there any chance you could help me out with some pretty simple Python language? I’m working … Continue reading

October 16, 2014

Field Report: The Bumpy Ride to Summer Camp

This past month has been a mad scramble to prepare for our summer camps! This year Kedila is running three camps across New Orleans. We were planning on running a … Continue reading

June 21, 2014

Field Report – Early Summer at Eden House!

The second half of May and the beginning of June have flown by and summer at Eden House is in full swing. One of the biggest developments has been the expansion of … Continue reading

June 20, 2014

Field Report: April at Eden House!

Spring at Eden House has been a bright one thus far.  We have celebrated major milestones, birthdays, and our wonderful volunteers!  I have been thinking a lot about leaps this … Continue reading

April 17, 2014

On AmeriCorps VISTA Service—Amy Biedermann

As several of my fellow VISTAs have recently noted, it can sometimes be difficult in the course of only a year to see the projects you work on come to … Continue reading

March 18, 2014

Advice: Take Advantage of Your Opportunities

Since beginning my term in August, it has been such a whirlwind of ups and downs! Despite the challenges, I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed being here in New Orleans, … Continue reading

December 12, 2013

In The Middle of a New Orleans August

August in New Orleans is dreadfully humid and I sweat buckets every time I’m out in the field taking care of our lots. The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project lots will eventually become … Continue reading

September 5, 2013



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