Tony Lee: Urban Farming Brings Something Positive to NOLA

Tony Lee runs the Magellan Street Community Garden — a one-lot operation just across the river from New Orleans. He’s a big, gregarious guy whose mouth can hardly keep up with the nodes of thought firing in his head. We meet him on a grey Sunday afternoon, hoping to hear a bit about community farms.

We get a lot more. 

The three-hour conversation ranges from the taste of different radishes, to his childhood, to the future, to multicolored carrots. But the through-line of it all is a story of personal transformation that has inspired the mission of the Magellan Community Gardens. Nestled amongst a community plagued by a lack of food access and information, Tony hopes to bring the knowledge and power of growing your own produce back to the people.   

Check out the audio piece above to hear Tony’s story in his own words.  

Maybe you’ll be inspired to plant a few seeds of your own.

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