David Young: Urban Farmer in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans

Meet David Young, the urban farmer in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. He came here in 2010 from Indiana and stayed because of a “calling from god.” Since then he has started gardens on 30 abandoned lots leftover from Hurricane Katrina. The nearest grocery store is a 3.5 miles away. He provides his produce for free or at low cost to people in most need in the community. And all the fruit grown in his urban orchard is free for the community to pick. He rescues bees that would be killed by exterminators and gives them a new home. He has over 60 hives throughout the Lower 9th Ward. He built the largest aquaponics system in New Orleans and gave out over 2,500 pounds of food last year. His home is an urban homestead with goats, rescued chickens, and of course more bees. His programs are funded partly by honey sales and his work is completely volunteer. Don’t you wish there were more David Young’s? He invites you to volunteer with him and support his work. Visit http://www.capstone118.org to learn more and get involved.

Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, activist, and humanitarian for a sustainable and just world. He donates 100% of his media income to grassroots nonprofits. His YouTube channel is a source for all things sustainable living, off the grid, simple living, zero waste, tiny house, grow your own food, cycling, and green.



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