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Total loan: $3,000
New Orleans, LA, United States / Agriculture
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A loan helped make infrastructure improvements to the nursery in order to produce more native plants and invite customers to shop on-site.
I was raised in a suburb of New Orleans, and growing up I did not interact with nature much. My love for native Louisiana plants evolved through my work as a horticulturist in different settings, including vegetable farming, commercial and residential landscaping, and community gardens. Because Southeast Louisiana is on precarious ground - with our coastal barrier marshes degrading, flooding, and urban sprawl contributing to land subsidence and the destruction of natural ecosystems, growing native plants is a way for me to work towards a healthy environment. These problems are exacerbated by hurricanes. Native plants are critical because they help manage stormwater, slow subsidence, and are resilient in the face of these conditions, but there were no native plant nurseries in our area. That’s why I started Delta Flora. In Fall and Winter of 2019, I participated in the Propeller business accelerator program in order to build my entrepreneurial skills and establish systems and plans that contribute to my confidence in Delta Flora's business model. Delta Flora Native Plants has been enthusiastically received by customers, and I’m ready to get capital to expand from doing pop-ups to establishing a permanent location in my neighborhood, which is centrally located in New Orleans. I have enjoyed being a part of the growing community of native plant enthusiasts in south Louisiana, and I'm optimistic about the impact gardeners and backyard ecologists can make for our environment.