Since 2001, students from the Waldo Burton Memorial School have participated in Longue Vue’s Cultivating Communities outreach initiative that develops skills in gardening, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Through this year-long program, students learn to grow vegetables and herbs, sell the produce and value-added products at farmers markets, learn about cooking and careers with a professional chef, and research local nonprofit organizations. The program culminates in a presentation of a check to a nonprofit selected by the students.
Cultivating Communities is generously supported by The Bruce J. Heim Foundation and The Herb Society of America, The New Orleans Unit.
Contact Amy Graham, Director of Horticulture, at 504.293.4718 to find out more information about the Cultivating Communities program.
Stern Legacy Map
Edith and Edgar Stern, the founders of Longue Vue, were devoted to bettering the lives of the citizens of New Orleans. As such they were major contributors to causes that advanced the City, committing their wealth and resources to voting rights and equal access to sophisticated healthcare, housing, and superior educational opportunities.
The Edith and Edgar Stern Legacy Map showcases an artistically designed overview of the social, economic, and cultural contributions made by the Stern Family to the City of New Orleans. The map, designed by local cartographer Jakob Rosenzweig, highlights thirty-five locations representing places the Sterns built, ventures they supported, and sites at which awards were presented. Locations include Metairie Park Country Day School, Dillard University, Flint-Goodridge Hospital, WDSU Broadcasting, the Voters’ Registration League, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Pontchartrain Park subdivision. The Sterns were also the first husband and wife team to each receive the Times-Picayune Loving Cup for their service to the city.
Building on the commitment to civic values of Longue Vue founders Edith and Edgar Stern community projects are dedicated to landscape revitalization, environmental sustainability, artistic promotion and community engagement that cultivates a deep sense of place and to promote social equity and environmental stewardship. Examples of projects and programs that support our objectives include the following:
- Louisiana Iris Day: Celebrating the Legacy of Caroline Dormon
- The Catherine Brown Memorial Lecture series
- Garden builds at Mary Dora Coghill Elementary School
- Gentilly Rainwater Harvesting Program
- nativeNOW Native Plants Program
- Sunday Salon—an ongoing public conversation touching on the intersection of arts, culture and the environment
- Jane’s Walk and PARK(ing) Day–two global programs to promote local urban ecology
- Hollygrove GreenLine
- “The Nature of Improvisation: Plants + Food + Jazz” featuring topiary artist Pearl Fryar, chef Leah Chase and musician Kidd Jordan at Dillard University
- The Pontchartrain Park Photography Project
- “ReTree Pontilly” with Hike for KaTREEna
In 2006, Longue Vue became an active member of the Pontilly Disaster Collaborative (PDC), a non-profit organization formed to support the restoration and revitalization of Pontchartrain Park and Gentilly Woods (collectively called Pontilly). Longue Vue’s commitment has been focused on revitalizing Pontilly’s landscapes in ways that are historically sensitive, sustainable, beautiful, and connected to the ecology of southeastern Louisiana. Several significant community-driven projects have come out of this partnership:
- Pontchartrain Park + Gentilly Woods Landscape Manual
- Press Drive Streetscape Enhancement Project
- Dwyer Canal Stormwater Mitigation Project