2010 ushered in a new branch of Elan Ministries: Garden on Marais. Shortly following Hurricane Katrina, the Spirit of Praise Assembly of God church donated to Elan Ministries a property in the St. Claude and Bywater neighborhoods containing a large warehouse building and a ¼ acre plot of land behind it. We began to pray and dream how we could use this gift to enhance and improve the quality of life in our community. Our dreams took the form of a garden! We began surveying and consulting our neighbors on the needs and desires of our community to determine the specific structure and function for the garden. The last few years have been spent assembling the materials and equipment for a garden that can fully function year-round, utilizing the favorable climate and environment of the deep south.
In Spring of 2015 Garden on Marais launched its first 4-H Kids Club for youth ages 3 - 11. Through our 4-H Club we are engaging and educating the children and youth of the community in the scope of health, urban gardening, and stewardship.
Originally from Garrett, Indiana, Kayla journeyed to New Orleans several times during 2006 – 2007 as a hurricane relief volunteer, and in late 2007 made a permanent move to the crescent city. During her time in New Orleans Kayla has gained a passion for growing fresh, nutrient-rich foods, and educating young ones about gardening and nutrition. In 2015 she launched the first session of the Garden on Marais 4-H Club, “planting seeds” of interest and excitement about growing and preparing delicious, nutritional foods!