Garden on Marais
An agricultural gathering space that provides educational opportunities and facilitates access to nutrient-rich foods
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.
The property currently hosts:
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.