Wednesday, December 22, 2010

California Comes to OSBG!

Students from Pitzer College and Ontario High School came to Our School at Blair Grocery to learn more about sustainable farming, New Orleans, and whats going on at OSBG. While here, the students have been working in the garden: building a new hoop house, planting, creating a new compost pile, harvesting sprouts, and mulching the beds. They have had the chance to learn from students, staff, and the interns here at OSBG. Each evening they have held discussions on food justice, gender, race, class, and power dynamics in todays society.
Today, there was a field trip to the Gotreaux Family Farm (www.gofamilyfarms.com). We went to learn different farming techniques such as aqua-farming, where the farm harvests tilapia fish for local markets. Thanks to Brian, Dawn and the kids for sharing their time with us!
We have had a blast working with everyone at OSBG and hope we can come back soon! Thank you OSBG for an amazing six days!

Emptying the green waste from Whole Foods Market to start a new compost pile.

Nat Turner gave the students a tour of New Orleans. They saw the levees, Cyprus Wetlands, uptown, and visited a few local grocery stores.



OSBG, Ontario, and Pitzer students pose for a pic at Gotreaux Family Farm in Lafayette, Louisiana (www.gofamilyfarms.com).

Bill Hill at his 65th birthday bash on December 20! We celebrated with blue birthday cake, breakfast for dinner, and Bill Hill jokes!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Demonstration Compost at OSBG





Field Trips to OSBG

Nearly fifty first-graders from Pride College Prep Academy visited OSBG this Thursday to tour the farm.
They planted their own trays of seeds to take home...

...for which they first helped prepare and sift compost.
They looked at (and picked and tasted!) radishes and pea sprouts, dill and cilantro....

...And got to meet some of the OSBG worms.

It was a great day!


To learn more about customized school visits to Our School at Blair Grocery that combine service, learning and fun, contact Kyle Meador, Director of Education Programs at kmeador@ces-nola.org or 916-849-9866.