Saturday, December 24, 2011

Holiday Holidays! A quick update on our progress

Whew! We made it through the fall filled with challenging but rewarding experiences for the afterschool folks, the Job1 and Cornerstone Ministries folks and our staff and interns. Finally, we are on break. Tis the night before Christmas and nothing is stirring except a few mice, the cats, the dogs, the chickens and us.
Here are some pictures of our progress and some more pictures of exciting things to come in the new year!



Our fall tomatoes are finally ripening up.


We have several varieties from yellow teardrops to celebrities.

And our hoophouse tomatoes are really taking off too! They seem to be growing about an inch a day. We hope to have tomatoes in year round production and available to market throughout 2012.


And seems like it never ends. We've already got about 2,000 starts seeded out of a total of 10,000 we will have ready for spring planting.


Our prickly pear love being in the hoophouse as do the green garlic in the background.

But one hoophouse isn't enough so we've started building another large hoophouse to replace our old ones. We are looking forward to an even better 2012 and wish you all the same!

Friday, December 16, 2011

some pics from this week


Allen unloading coffee grounds





Cherry and Angel cleaned up the neighborhood



Fresh puts the finishing touches on the fence


Lawrence giving direction


Jeremiah and Derrick doing sprouts


Tomatoes in the big hoophouse



Stringing up the tomatoes in the hoophouse


Keeping the hoophouse warm with compost

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Parting Gift


Hello All,
  My six month internship with Our School at Blair Grocery is coming to a close. Fortunately, I'll be taking all the skills, relationships, and knowledge I've built over the months with me as I head back to California. OSBG consistently does a terrific job at exposing young people to the realities of New Orleans and the opportunities presented by food security projects. I feel lucky to have had this opportunity and I look forward to working with OSBG in the future as I continue work in community food security and youth empowerment. As a parting gift, I've compiled a list of the articles, projects and videos that have stimulated my learning in these past months. I'll keep adding to them in the weeks to come, and you should feel free to do the same.
Simply click the link and explore the resources available.
Food Regime Resource Guide

Best wishes in your relationships and pursuits,
Rio
RioEScharf@gmail.com

P.S. this artwork is by Oakland activist and printmaker, Favianna Rodriguez. Check out more of her profound and poetic work at www.Favianna.com.