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Monday, June 29, 2009

Urban farming movement 'like a revolution'

Here is a link to an important story about the urban farming movement on CNN:

Kellogg Foundation Follow Up

Dear friends,

It was my sincere pleasure to join with you all last Friday and participate in such a fruitful discussion of the possibilities for initiatives driving toward food security. I would like to invite you all to make follow up comments or share links and information with one another through my blog:

Please look for this same text posted on June 29, 2009 and make some comments. This will have to suffice until such time as we can identify a better online forum for sharing ideas and hold a follow up meeting.

Again, many thanks, and I look forward to continuing this important work with the involvement of each and every one of you.

Mobile (718) 415-0890

Monday, June 22, 2009

Things are happening

The summer growing season brings beneficial bugs as well as garden pests. This year has also been incredibly hot and we have had an unusually small amount of rainfall. This unhappy leaf is from a fig tree. We are diagnosing the problem.

Make It Right sent Adam to build our shade structure on the south side of the building. We'll post a photo of the finished product soon.

Dave dancing with kids from the neighborhood.

Our soil building initiative is coming along nicely. We have established relationships with folks providing coffee grounds, horse manure, and green vegetable waste. The chickens love scratching and pecking in the compost.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Very Short Update.

It has been a slow week for the afternoon program, the heat seems to be taking a toll on everyone.

Thankfully Albert is still as lively as ever:

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Afternoon Kids.

This week at the afternoon program we have been working on painting our mural, photographing for the Kids Camera Project, and making recycle jewelry. These are a few photos of the week:

Sunday, June 7, 2009

MLK Students Visit

On Friday participants in the MLK Summer Science Academy checked out what's going on at our urban microfarm.

The students were fascinated by the chickens and learned about the role worms play in composting.

They also transplanted seedlings into larger beds, learned how to identify different herbs, fruits and vegetables and explored plant reproduction through seeds and cuttings.

We are looking forward to working with them next week on building their own garden at the school.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Afternoons on Benton Street.

Our afternoon program has officially started! Yesterday we had a water fight and a scavenger hunt in our neighborhood.

We had a group of older, middle school aged girls and a group of younger girls who came over to enjoy the activities. While designing our scavenger hunt the older girls talked about what kind of items we could find in the neighborhood; wildflowers, pieces of scrap metal, and old pipes.

The girls were excited about the idea of the youth having to take the initiative to clean up the streets;
a few even suggested walking around and picking up trash.

The older girls were interested in including something beautiful, something ugly, something that we could recycle, and something that did not belong on our scavenger hunt list,which led to a more conceptual discussion of the neighborhood.

When we went out on our hunt each older girl helped a younger girl, and then we returned to the school to talk about what change we want to see in our neighborhood. Next week Dave Whalen is going to use some of the girl's suggestions to begin mapping out an ideal depiction of the lower ninth ward with the kids.

New video!

Flux has finished a new, updated video on the School At Blair Grocery!
Check it out,
see how much has changed!


Happy Birthday Diamond and Buddy.

Everyone loves a birthday party...

Monday, June 1, 2009

Our School at Blair Grocery is starting an afternoon activity center for the neighborhood kids. We hope to provide some safe, enjoyable activities for our kids from 4-7 PM on Monday-Thursday at the School.

These are a few photos of the neighborhood kids last week: