Saturday, March 31, 2012
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Last month I was privilege to be one of 25 students and staff from the University of Calgary, Canada, that spent 2 days working with Our School at Blair Grocery. The trip was organized through the University’s Centre for Community-Engaged Learning and focused on Food Security and Rebuilding Community.
Our School at Blair Grocery was the group’s first and last volunteer stop during the 6 day intensive service week. After months of preparation and many pre-service workshops learning about the complexities of the challenges facing the Lower Ninth Ward community, students were excited to finally see the work being done in the community. Mostly though, excitement came from being able to get our hands dirty!
Our group spent time composting, and moving compost piles, helping retrieve waste for the compost and preparing soil for planting.
Our Group was encouraged by the opportunity to work alongside and learn from OSBG staff, meet local children involved in the project, and observe the innovative development approach of OSBG.
Several times throughout our trip, including during our time at OSBG, our group was reminded that we cannot “Save New Orleans”. I stepped away from our days with OSBG thinking that perhaps New Orleans doesn’t need saving, whatever that means, but just needs more innovative development like Our School at Blair Grocery.
Thanks OSBG for allowing our group the opportunity to work and learn alongside you!
~Brittany Vine, University of Calgary
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Last week Saul Williams was in New Orleans. Between arriving and his soundcheck he stopped by OSBG to see what we do and participate in a workshop on representations of masculinity and what it means to be a man. It was perfect. We're honored to have met him and all y'all should see his show.