Sunday, April 25, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Last night we hosted a community dinner at Our School at Blair Grocery. Between 40 and 50 of our neighborhors in the Lower Nine joined us for a crawfish boil, BBQ and a screening of scenes from Food, inc. We were joined by young and old, and everyone learned a little more about what we are all about here at Our School, and as always we continued to learn about our community. More pictures to come.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Heirloom tomatoes are beginning to flower...
Behind this citrus tree, our new healing bed created by NY2NO and Philly students
Our figs in bloom and our new rain water catchment system...
Part of the School farm in the fog...
We let the mustard greens go to flower so we can attract beneficial bugs and also learn to collect its seed...
We let the arugula flowers bloom also for the same reasons... and they're tasty in a salad!
More to come.
With an audience of roughly 20 folks from the food community, we discussed the harsh statistics presented in the film and about the direct relation of our work to these global issues. After the film, the Latino Farmers Co-op, Viet Village, Our School at Blair Grocery representatives shared stories of transformation and struggle within the work that we all do and took questions from our peers. We look forward to future work with all these groups and to our next film screening of Food, inc.! this April.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
We are building a second green house right next to the first one. It should be done within the week.
Two weeks ago we had a group of volunteers from Naropa who knew how to build a bee hive. They told us of the top-bar system, a more sustainable, organic, less maintanance way of bee-keeping.
This is what the system looks like.
This is one individual bar. On each one of these bars the bees will build a honey comb. After they have built combs on the majority of the bars, you harvest the combs to yield about 5 gallons of honey and a pound of bees wax. The bees will also pollinate everything in a one mile radius of us, and will act as a predator species to unwanted bugs that eat our plants.
We have begun building water-catchment systems for the farm, this is one of three that will be built. Each inch of rain can yield 600 gallons of catched water. We will use the water for our irrigation systems (recently installed) and watering 1800 among other things.
We have begun work on two rain gardens on the property. Rain gardens are a creative way to catch and store water. Every time it rains New Orleans has to pump the water out of the city (40 percent of all pollution in New Orleans comes from the water pumping stations). If rain gardens were installed through out the city, the pumps would only need to be used for storms over 2 inches (which only happens maybe 5 times a year).
We have doubled our vermicomposting operations, and now have two full bins of red-wigglers. By mid-June that will be two cubic yards of worm castings.
Lastly, with the weather getting warmer the gardens have really started to bloom. 1800 is looking great, the raised beds are green (and delicious!) and the row crops are coming up nicely. We have also recently installed irrigation lines to help combat the intense sun of the coming summer months.