David Young with Capstone Community Gardens and Orchard – Lower 9th Ward, LA
We visited David Young of Capstone Community Gardens & Orchard in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. David came to the area in 2009, following the devastation of hurricane Katrina, to help rebuild houses. He quickly realized there was a greater need than just a physical structure in the community. He started Capstone, a non-profit organization, which takes previously vacant lots in a food desert and turns them into productive gardens and orchards. He currently manages about 20 lots with the help of 500 volunteers annually.