Recovery Assistance & Mitigation Planning

Recovery Planner Jennifer Gerbasi


Fruit for the Communities - A Time to Sow

Friday January 29, 2016 09:50 am

Terrebonne Parish is pleased to announce a cooperative effort to plant fruit trees on properties mitigated by the Parish. Area nonprofits are planting several types of fruit trees on properties purchased with mitigation funds. All of these properties can only be used for open space uses. Trees can provide not only fruit for the residents, but additional flood control by sequestering rainfall. Please see below and attached for the sites currently identified. The neighbors will receive notification of the plantings to invite them to participate. This serves a dual purpose of informing them of the activity so that noone will be alarmed.

A 2015 FloodSafe Minute introduced the National Tree Benefit Calculator that allows anyone to enter a tree type and size to see the water uptake of the individual tree as well as the estimated financial benefit and added property value. Go to > to check it out.

For full information please download the attached flyer. 

Fruit for the Communities - A Time to Sow
Keep Terrebonne Beautiful has successfully competed for a grant from UPS to plant 140 fruit trees in Terrebonne Parish. The grant was awarded for planting a community garden of fruit trees. Louisiana Sweet oranges, satsumas, figs, and lemons are being provided by a grower. Volunteers from Keep Terrebonne Beautiful, Bayou Grace, Sowing Community Seeds, South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center and BTNEP have organized plantings in February at various sites. If you or an organization to which you belong want to assist in the planting or maintenance of these trees, please call Wendy Billiot at 851-7578 or Brenda Babin at 873-0107.
February 11-   6877 Shrimpers Row       9:30 am         BTNEP
               - then  5123 Grand Caillou Road until ~ noon BTNEP
                        - 608 Columbus                 9:30               Sowing Seeds
February 20- 520 Woodhaven           10:00               UPS
February 24- 1427 Hwy 55                  10:00               Bayou Grace
These trees will be planted on Parish owned properties purchased through FEMA buyouts after storm events. When the Parish purchases homes with FEMA funds, the properties must remain in open space use permanently. The Parish has few options for transferring ownership of the land. This project will make use of these properties as productive community gardens.
The fruit will be available to anyone in the community. They will be able to go on site and pick it. The nonprofits, youth groups, or churches may opt to pick the fruit for local schools or food banks in the future.
Shovels and all materials will be provided if you do not have your own.

Each participant or observer must sign a waiver of liability for the Parish and nonprofits. BTNEP is also planting sites for bird habitat. Further updates to come.

Call Jennifer Gerbasi in the Planning Department at 873-6565 if your organization is interested in similar activities on parish HMGP properties. 


Related Information

Flyer with dates and agenda for redistribution
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