Thursday, July 28, 2011

Introduction to the Kellogg Foundation


We were looking for a way to introduce our students to all the good work the Kellogg Foundation is doing and ran across this video. It worked perfectly, so we thought we'd share it with y'all. Plus, we love Gail Christopher!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Update #3: We Did It! $10,000 in FIVE DAYS!!!


Thanks to y'all in ONE WEEK we've raised over $10,000 for Empowered Youth creating a food secure New Orleans! We're humbled and amazed at the outpouring of support we've had. It's things like this that keep us going and renew out commitment to this work. Y'all are incredible!

That said, the reality is that expanding our farm is going to cost more than $10,000. So what we need now to keep spreading the word!:
If you want to make a massive, immediate impact on our work and aren't able to support us financially, we need:
-25 new or lightly used Mac laptops with Laptop cart (like you had in school...maybe ask your school?)
-Bobcat for making, turning, and loading compost
-Woodworking and garden tools
-Sheetrock to finish renovating volunteer housing
-Seeds

Again, Thanks Y'all SOOO Much,
OSBG

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Kickstarter Update

We have 6 days to go until the end of our Kickstarter campaign. So far we have raised 92% of our minimum goal of $10,000 to provide our organization with more space to provide more food to our community. We are incredibly thankful for every donation that has come in so far. It is encouraging to feel this kind of support from so many people across the nation who feel as passionate about this work as we do. Please keep spreading the word about our work here in the Lower Ninth Ward and please keep encouraging your friends and family to be the change they wish to see in the world.


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/riooo/food-security-academy-for-youth-in-the-lower-ninth/backers

Saturday, July 23, 2011

What was the Civil Rights Movement really about?

To what extent was it about freedom?

Did they actualize freedom?

What is freedom?



Amartya Sen:Freedom requires freedoms

-Political
-Economic
-Social
-Transparency
-Security


How did they work to actualize freedom?:
Only a Pawn in Their Game (starts at 3:23)

To what extent are we a continuation or evolution of the Civil Rights Movement?

Friday, July 22, 2011

OSBG Student-Led Workshop Weekend

Come join OSBG staff and students for the culmination of our summertime food security academy. On Saturday, July 30 our students will lead tours and workshops on the farm to showcase the work and learning that they have done. 
                                              
9AM-Noon:  Student-led workshops and tours
Noon-4PM: Potluck Lunch     

All are welcome
See you there!                              

Thursday, July 21, 2011

spoofs

The students at OSBG have taken it upon themselves to take the lies or false advertisements of other local fast food restaurants.






Wednesday, July 20, 2011

OSBG Lauches a Kickstarter! We need your support!

That's right, we've got 12 days to raise $10,000! Spread the word!

All funds raised will go directly towards the continuation and planned growth of the project over the coming months. Over the next three months, we will be building out an entire city block for intensive production, including vegetables, fruits tree, chickens, and pigs.

To do this, we need:

-100 yards of organic soil to supplement our compost
-Seeds for sprouts, row crops, and heirloom vegetables
-Hoophouses (inexpensive, quick-to-build greenhouses)
-New bee hives and a new queen bee
-10 new worm bins for vermicompost
-Shovels, hoes, and rakes for students
-Irrigation necessities: water meter, hoses, and sprinklers

But what will my support actually do?


$10 buys seeds to grow one pound of sprouts
$50 buys sprout seeds for one day
$300 buys a beehive and a new queen bee
$1000 buys the plastic for a hoophouse
$3000 buys a hoophouse so we can grow food year-round



Support empowered youth creating a food secure New Orleans! Pass this message along!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

REGISTER FOR FREE DEBATE CAMP WEEK OF AUGUST 7

Dear All
Thank you very much for the interest you have shown in our upcoming “Securing Liberty Debate and Media workshop”. As previously mentioned, the workshop is held in partnership with Loyola University and the International Debate Education Association. At the moment we have set up a website for interested students to apply. We will leave the call open for a week with a deadline of July 18th. Because we have garnered more interest than we anticipated, we’d appreciate if you could facilitate the outreach to your networks as soon as possible. We would like to get a sense of how many participants we are able to accommodate and as well as make sure we have a tailored curriculum for the new college track we are considering (because of interest shown from older students to participate). Please let us know if you need any further information. For specific questions on local logistics, kindly contact Stephanie Hotard (Development Officer, College of Social Sciences, Loyola University) on 504-861-5775
I have pasted the link to the application below:

http://www.idebate.org/open-society-debates/workshops.php



Best regards,
Ru

Rudo Moyo
Youth Initiative
Open Society Foundations
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Ph:(212) 548-0318
Fx:(212) 548-4610
rmoyo@sorosny.org
www.soros.org/youth

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NY2NO is in the building

Today, we all sat in on our first full class with Job 1 students and the staff of OSBG! After introductions, we split up into three groups and participated in a lesson about feeding people, and how much land it would take to adequately feed everyone in the Lower Ninth Ward for one year. We first estimated out how much food a family of four consumes in one day, walking through each meal and what goes into them. After figuring out one family, we moved to how much 750 families consume in one day. 750 is roughly the number of families living in the Lower Ninth, which led us to calculate the number of square feet it would take to feed the entire Lower Ninth Ward for a year. Fiddling with and estimating at the actual numbers made our goal seem a lot more tangible and real, instead of this abstract idea that it can sometimes become.





Once our air conditioned (thank goodness!) lesson was over, we all convened outside for some work time, doing different tasks, including harvesting arugula, weeding in numerous beds, sifting worm castings, and adding to the compost pile. As you can see, we had a very busy, very productive day here at OSBG, while simultaneously making new friends across state lines!

-Cai @ NY2NO

There should not be this many ingredients in the blueberries in my waffles...