The primary value that guides the work of the Backyard Gardeners Network is Community Control and Benefit. This means:
- Leadership that reflects the majority of the community. The Lower Ninth Ward is a predominately low-income Black community who are New Orleans natives or long-time residents.
- Respect and reverence for the knowledge and resources within our community. We look to find “experts” among our community first. We value the stories of community members, especially our elders. We seek collaborations and partnerships in our community.
- The Lower Ninth Ward community are the ultimate beneficiaries of the work of BGN.