Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We're Back on Good Eggs!

From now through this fall season, find our veggies at goodeggs.com/nola

#blairgrocery #goodeggs 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Long Island University-Brooklyn Visits OSBG

Greetings! For the past few days students from LIU-Brooklyn has been learning how to compost, garden, work on a farm, etc. This has truly been an eye opening experience for them all. 

Monday, December 30, 2013


Here it is! We've just launched our ambitious fundraising campaign to raise $100,000 in 60 days with Indiegogo. Check it out and donate what you can.

Don't forget to give us a shout out on your apparatuses of social media!!

CLICK HERE: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/600500/wdgi/3911799

Wish us luck!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Giving Tuesday -- A call for support

To our friends and supporters,

Our School at Blair Grocery just celebrated our five year anniversary over this last Thanksgiving week. Through these five years we have had our ups and downs trying to work with kids here in the Lower 9th Ward and youth from across the country to rebuild our community, empowering youth to change their community by giving them the skills and experience to grow their own food and we provide an education on sustainability in a way they probably wouldn't get anywhere else. As we end this Thanksgiving holiday we are reminded of the 'ups' we've been grateful for over the years: the awesome moments when a kid "gets it", neighbors lending a hand when we're in need, neighborhood folks who start their own gardens for themselves, and the volunteers who have come from all over the US to help and learn.

Unfortunately this past August we had a really big 'down'. We were told that we could no longer use the facility where our service learners sleep, our staff live, and where we hold classes until we renovate it to comply with new city ordinances. Over the past few months we've had support from a local architecture firm who has helped us navigate the city and state's new zoning rules and are finally at a point where the bids for the renovation and re-zoning are in and we're ready to move forward.

The upstairs residential renovation will cost $30,000. Downstairs commercial renovation will cost $50,000. A new roof will be $6,000 and thanks to the states new enforcement of retrofitting fire sprinkler systems we're looking at another 5,000-10,000. Plus the fees.

So to keep it fairly short, we're asking for your help. Our Farm Manager, Rob, did a test a while back to see how hard or easy it would be to get 10 Facebook friends to donate $10 each. Without asking anyone personally to donate -- just a few simple posts -- he managed to reach his $100 mark in just 3 days.

Over the years hundreds, if not over 1000, youth through NY2NO, InterVarsity, Hillel, Tulane University, and many other institutions have helped us out on the farm. If 500 of those we're to hit the social media world, their parents, relatives, and friends and each try to get 10 people to donate at least $10, we would be halfway to our goal of $100,000.

Our website, www.ourschoolatblairgrocery.org, is equipped to take donations through PayPal and by the end of the week we'll be launching an Indiegogo campaign. So there are two ways that donations can be made online. We also can accept personal checks made out to Our School at Blair Grocery.

All donations are tax deductible. And all donations are deeply appreciated. One more thing to add is that to make a donation via PayPal you do NOT have to have a PayPal account. If you have any questions, clarifications, or comments please do not hesitate to write or call us anytime, contact information can be found below.

It would mean a lot to us if you could reach out to 10 people to get us back in our home base and continue doing this very important work.

Thank you so much for your continued support in building sustainable models of justice in the Lower Ninth Ward and across the globe.


The OSBG Team

Mailing Address:
1740 Benton st
New Orleans, LA 70117


Questions? Contact:
Turner (Founder, Executive Director):

Rob (Projects Manager)

Sam (Service Learning Coordinator)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Join Us Saturday at OSBG to hear Marcin Jakubowski

Contributing to the Global Village Civilization Construction Set: Our School at Blair Grocery partners with Open Source Ecology to develop an open source tractor for use in New Orleans ninth ward

Our School at Blair Grocery, Civic Center, and Second Line welcomes Marcin Jakubowski, TED Fellow and 2013 Rev Up Change Challenge winner, and the Open Source Ecology (OSE) Project to New Orleans. Marcin and OSE team are spending the weekend of July 27-28 in New Orleans continuing their goal of constructing six machines in sixty days (design sprint) as part of completing the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). GVCS is an open source, low-cost, high quality production platform built on the foundation of simple, Do-it-Yourself (DiY) fabrication, providing a core set of industrial machines required to create a self-sustained civilization with modern comforts. OSE and Our School at Blair Grocery are constructing a LifeTrac 5 tractor to be used at Blair Grocery’s gardens in the ninth ward of New Orleans. The tractor will be constructed by students from Our School at Blair Grocery. 

Filmmaker Ian Midgley and Tom Girffing introduced Marcin Jakubowski of OSE and Nat Turner of Our School at Blair Grocery when searching for two visionary projects working on disruptive local and global impact solutions overcoming the challenges of addressing needs with a healthy, fair, and honest approach within today’s American economy. The documentary The Spark covers the intersection of these two amazing projects capturing successes, failures, challenges, and opportunities of their inspiring journey.   

OSE and Our School at Blair Grocery students are performing collaborative design at Civic Center on Saturday, July 27. Later in the evening the team moves to Blair Grocery where Marcin and team will speak about the OSE project and how open source models are revolutionizing the future of production. Marcin’s talk and group discussion are open to the public and press. The talk and discussion are scheduled to begin at 5:30pm at Blair Grocery, 1740 Benton Street, in the 9th ward of New Orleans. The design sessions will be held at Civic Center, 3067 North Rampart on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. These sessions are open to the public but we recommend people attend Saturday’s evening discussion to get comprehensive information on Our School at Blair Grocery, OSE, and open source development.  

For more information please visit the following links: 

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Experience

 Hey , this is Shamar , Sabrina , and Minnie. We work at Our School At Blair Grocery , We are the students that work for the Job1 Program. This job is a life changing experiment we help garden , compost , feed ghosts, pig , and chickens. After we finish feeding the animals we do Workshops about what we have learned at Our School At Blair Grocery. Another thing , is that we had volunteers from New York City come down an help us achieve greatness.

They have all  types of jobs that we could do like compost, feed the goats, and whole lot of great things.We can learn how to grow things to and we recycle what ever we get. We get to go tours and view the wetlands and the Mississippi River with our buddies NY2NO. It be a lots of fun but work that have to be done in the heat.