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Friday, January 23, 2009

Building beds, little by little

Got gutters?

Had a stroke of luck today and ran into Kendell with Audubon Gutters. Not only did he turn me onto a pile of old gutters that are just perfect for rain catchment but he said they would be able to install them for folks if you needed any work done. Give them a call if you need help getting your rain catchment system up and running at 504-469-6494.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Making the garden happen

We spread the sand to get the right soil consistency before we tilled it.
Here the kids pose with Derek the bobcat operator. If you need work done give him a call at 504-813-9428 or email
Recycling old tires from the neighborhood to use for growing potatoes, sweet potatoes and more.
Who's that operating the bobcat? (Shawntrice)
Go ahead Racquel!

Hey Mikey, I think he likes it!
Coming back from picking up barrels to catch rain water.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Waukesha Help Out At Blair Grocery

When the University of Wisconsin students arrived, they got straight to work constructing a cold frame using wood and an old glass door. A cold frame works like a mini greenhouse and provides an environment that facilitates the growth of seedlings.

The students also constructed tire piles filled with dirt to grow sweet potatoes in.

The students are currently working on a composting project and plan to have vegetable and herb seeds planted by the end of the week.

Posted by Julieann Hernandez

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

School days

The NY students are gone and the New Orleans students are back after their Christmas break. The last two days of school have been full of good school work.

On the first day back the students got a chance to see all the work that the volunteers did on the farm and on the building over break. The girls learned about the composting bin and how that whole process works.

Then we had to do some tests to see how much sand to mix with the dirt to make it not turn into clay when we plant.

They mixed the sand and the dirt and let it sit for a while to see which percentage will work best.
The next question is how much sand do we still need to get the percentage we want.

Some college students who are in from New York helped them figure out how to calculate that and here is what they came up with.

Monday, January 5, 2009

NY2NO Update

Here are a few more pictures of the NY2NO students.

You can finally see light all the way through the house they gutted. Now it's ready to rebuild.

Diamond. If only she had thumbs...

here's the group in front of the composting bin that they finished this week.