week 1 in pictures

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Before beginning our first week of volunteering, we celebrated the end of two weeks of orientation with snoballs – a favorite summer-time treat in New Orleans!
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All of the NOLA YAV ladies!
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Every Wednesday, Jess and I will be making lunch for the neighbors using produce grown in the garden. This Wednesday lunch is called Grace & Greens. This week, we made red beans, rice, green beans, sausage, fried okra, and fruit pizza!
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I’m not only learning HOW to garden, but also WHY we do what we do with each plant. Here, I strung the cucumber plants so that they have more access to air, don’t get tangled together, and so that we can find the fruit more easily.
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So. Much. Eggplant. Thursday morning, I spent picking tons of eggplant that we bagged and delivered to home-bound neighbors. (These deliveries are known as Peas & Love!)
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Friday, I spent much of my day clearing out beds to make room for new fall produce!
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Finished my work week with some painting. 🙂
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Exploring Frenchmen Street!!
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Sunset picnic on Lake Pontchartrain!
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Love getting to know these ladies!
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Visited St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian this morning. I’m so thankful for the way they support the YAV Program and the Okra Abbey!
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Lastly…. we found Beyonce & Jay Z’s New Orleans house!!!
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