Sean Casey 9 posts

Trip Reflection

It’s been a couple weeks since the team returned from New Orleans, and for me personally, it’s given me some time to reflect on the entire trip. First and foremost, this trip hands down was the most rewarding trip I have ever been on. I cannot thank Dr. Anderson enough for giving me the opportunity to partake in such an incredible experience. 

New Orleans is an incredible place, full of diversity, history, and culture. Having this unique blend which is made up of its’ people, music, and cuisine, New Orleans definitely won my heart. It was a trip that was over in the blink of an eye, and I think I can speak for the entire team in saying that we were sad to leave when it came time to head back to California. 

Dr. Anderson did an incredible job in making sure we got a full taste of what New Orleans had to offer in everything we did. From our service-learning work; to the people we met; to the places we went, we were able to see all sides of NOLA, both the good and the bad. 

I believe our blog does a fantastic job of showcasing the work we did, and the places we went, so I won’t go into super detail of everything we did. But I will say my most favorite aspect of the trip was the service-learning work we did. From our transects at the Woodland Conservancy, to our community gardens and farms at Capstone and Grow Dat, we were doing our part to help this amazing place and its’ people. Which was most rewarding for me. 

Dr. Anderson (CSUCI), Dr. Huggins (UCLA), Dr. Lambrinos (OSU), and Dr. Patsch (CSUCI) were a phenomenal faculty team, which added to the overall experience of the trip. I cannot wait for the day when I can return to New Orleans, hopefully to continue working with these faculty members.

Here’s to a fantastic trip, full of many memories that’ll last a lifetime! NOLA 2016!


Woodland Plantation

We spent the morning at Woodland Plantation, where we got a tour of the facilities from the owner, Foster. He told us about the history of the land and buildings on it. It was such a neat place, and I think I can speak for the whole class in saying that I wish we could have stayed longer! 


Gardening Adventures

Today marked our last day at the Mustard Seed House, as our group was on to new adventures in the southern region of the state. The group got on the road early, and we were off to Buras, Louisiana!

We spent the majority of the day helping a gentleman near the town plant a large garden on his property. We started out by tilling and clearing five rows to prepare for planting. We planted watermelon, onion, pumpkin, pepper, cucumber and some flowers. 


We finished up around 5 o’clock and headed to the southern most point in Louisiana. Tonight we’re staying at the Woodland Plantation and will be heading back to the Woodlands Preserve to continue vegetation transects tomorrow.


Capstone Community Gardens

Today we began our day at Capstone Community Gardens located in the Lower Ninth Ward. Capstone community Gardens is a non-profit organization which has taken abandoned lots at turned them into community gardens and orchards. They provide all the food they grow to community members who need assistance. It was a great day learning about Capstone and all the different things they do for the community. 


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Yesterday was our first day doing vegetation surveys at the Woodlands Trail Conservancy. Holly, Hayley, and I teamed up to form the Gumbo Gang and spent the day learning the lay of the land and the different vegetation which inhabits it. We finished two transects and will be completing more today!


New Orleans Cooking School

Yesterday the class started out at the New Orleans Cooking School where groups were assigned a different course of the meal. My team was in charge of salads, so we made Creole Salad. Here we are with the finished product!


Levee Failure Tour

Yesterday we went on a levee failure tour in the Lower Ninth Ward. This area was devestated as the flood wall protecting it from the Industrial Canal catastrophically failed. The area has been very slow to recover, as many of the property lots still lie  empty, some with only concrete slabs indicating where houses used to be. 

Photo showing the new t-wall flood protection system, standing at 14.5 ft tall, now protecting the Lower Ninth Ward. 

First Day in NOLA

Yesterday was our first day in New Orleans, and what a day it was! We first went to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, and finished up the day in the French Quarter. New Orleans is such an amazing city full of history and diversity. Can’t wait to begin day two!  

 Jackson Square in the French Quarter