Domain has taken an aggressive approach to combating blight and abandoned lots in the community. In New Orleans’ Mid-City neighborhood, Domain partnered with Mid-City Community Gardens (MCCG) in 2010 to purchase and convert vacant or blighted lots into community gardens that generate social interaction, encourage self-reliance, conserve resources and create opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.
The first two gardens were launched on lots adjacent to Domain’s Crescent Club and Preserve developments. The largest garden, called Wise Words Community Garden (WWCG), includes 22 raised beds with their own rainwater irrigation systems, teaching and potting areas, seating and information panels for each bed, a gazebo, a chicken coop and an exhibition deck for cooking displays and education. WWCG is the first garden in New Orleans to incorporate original art into its design and mission.
MCCG worked with Hands on New Orleans to schedule volunteer groups visiting New Orleans to assist in building the gardens and provide additional funding. In addition to Domain’s staff and residents, over 400 outside volunteers participated in the development of the Wise Words and Mid-City community gardens.