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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Down to Earth

Thanks to our Kickstarter supporters and our friends at Laughing Buddha Nursery, we received a truck full of 58 cubic yards of organic soil yesterday. And we're getting another 20 yards on Monday! We'll be building rows all week so we can kick off fall planting in Mid-September. Stop by in October to pick up some fresh tomatoes, cabbage, chard, hot peppers, and more.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Honest Reflections on a Difficult Job

This article was just recently posted in The Lens. We think this piece is a great look at the challenges of doing complex work in a difficult environment. We'd like to thank Ariella for the time she's taken and for her integrity in doing her best to cover the whole story.

Pioneer of urban farm and school learns lessons of his own, hopes struggles lead to success

Friday, August 12, 2011

Support our partners at Sheaux Fresh Farms

Thaddaeus and Tamara Prosper have long been our partners and a great source of inspiration for us. In the past years, they have turned a backyard garden into a blossoming community food center. Now, they are looking to raise at least $5,000 through Kickstarter, so they can double the size of their garden, supply more food to the Algiers community, and develop more educational projects.
Check out the video and click the link below to support another phenomenal  food security project.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Here are nine interviews with local youth on our last day of our summer program. After six weeks, these students have gained a grasp of food security, food justice, healthy eating habits, teamwork, and practical farm skills. We couldn't have asked for a better group of students. We hope your first weeks of school are positive and we look forward to seeing you all around the farm again soon!
All the best.


If you would like to see this video in full screen or see other OSBG videos, click here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I See It Growing Beyond Imagination

Take a look at these interviews and clips from our summer food security academy. For six weeks, students engaged in interdisciplinary learning on the farm and in the classroom. They gained an understanding about food security and food deserts, while also learning to respect farmers for their tough and undervalued work. Students entered the program as strangers and left as a family, having shared powerful classroom moments and challenging outdoor work. We simply could not have put together such a powerful, comprehensive program without the constant inspiration of Grower Power and institutional support from the Kellogg Foundation and the USDA Community Food Project. We look forward to expanding our project throughout the Lower Ninth Ward and into other neighborhoods. At the end of this video, our students discuss the impact that OSBG's expansion would have on the community.

To watch it in full screen and to see other OSBG films, click here.

Monday, August 8, 2011

World Premier of OSBG Horror Film!

Three days ago, our students held the world premier of their bone-chilling new horror film. The critics raved and the fans found it both terrifying and informative. Today, for the first time ever, it is available to the public. Enjoy!

Check out our YouTube page to watch the film in full screen- Click Here

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Growing Power Anti-Racism Weekend

 This September 9-11, join Will Allen and the rest of the Growing Power staff for a three-day workshop on food and anti-racism in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

The weekend is part of their Growing Food and Justice Initiative (GFJI),  aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture.  Essentially, just what we're working towards here at OSBG. Check out this link for more information and to register for the event.

Growing Food and Justice for All Gathering Sacred Soil: Cultivating Seeds of Community Transformation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 9th - 11th, 2011

Come to Milwaukee for the 4th Annual Gathering of the Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI) sponsored by Growing Power, Inc.

Growing Food and Justice for All Gathering
Sacred Soil: Cultivating Seeds of Community Transformation
 September 9th - 11th, 2011
Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center
Wisconsin State Fair Grounds
Milwaukee, WI

The gathering has several key goals:
• To build networks and alliances between GFJI members and affiliates
• To strengthen and support leadership prowess and confidence
• To facilitate anti-racism, dismantling racism and multicultural alliance
   building workshops and trainings geared toward all levels of experience
• To share stories, engage in dialogues and build community

Come early for the Intensive Leadership Facilitator Training!
September 7th - 8th, 2011
(Day 1 includes hands-on training with Will Allen)

What is GFJI?
GFJI is aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture. This comprehensive network views dismantling racism as a core principal which brings together social change agents from diverse sectors working to bring about new, healthy and sustainable food systems and supporting and building multicultural leadership in impoverished communities throughout the world.                                                  
The vision for this initiative is to establish a powerful network of individuals, organizations and community based entities all working toward a food secure and just world.