Thursday, April 26, 2012

out on the farm and at the end of the day

we spent the morning harvesting for restaurants and then headed out to the parish to check on our new farm space (pics coming soon) and helped Louis, Damon and Pop load up some square bails.
and then........
we came home to find our first tiny okra harvest of the season. we've got 1,000 okra plants in the ground and 4,000 more going in over the next few weeks. we got your fresh okra all day, every day all summer long!

The Parable of the Sower

Today, we took some time as a group to engage in some directed discussion about who we are, what we do, how we do it, and why we do what we do. we used the book of Luke chapter 8 verses 4-15 as our text to focus our thinking. 4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” 9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’[a] 11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (we will post the audio of the discussion soon.)

Christian is Sprout Monster!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

just some stuff we've been up to

the whole foods on veterans boulevard has really picked up their commitment to composting
we had a great visit with some of the young ladies from www.birthingprojectusa.org
tamara and thaddeus prosper with www.sheauxfresh.com dropped by to talk about some stuff we are working on and we caught this pic of their son josiah eating fresh picked collards
we also used some curriculum from www.thefoodproject.org that we got from the www.growdatyouthfarm.org website as the focal point for a staff meeting.
leanne and her nyc youth visited with our after school youth. they did an icebreaker and played a family feud game with www.thecookbookproject.org based upon their mutual food culture heritage. so the nyc kids had to answer questions about things like gumbo and the nola kids had to answer questions about things like maduras
stopped by our partner gregs farm at our sisters of the holy family to see what he is harvesting
and then geraldlynn, who has been marketing at our weekly farmers market, said we needed to grow more strawberries but, since we dont have the space to expand, she invited the crew over to plant in her backyard garden. we are gonna split the profits

Sunday, April 22, 2012

"You Are God" Trailer

Thanks Ian! youaregodmovie.com

We need YOUR help to sponsor student scholarships SUMMER 2012



Dear Friends,
As y’all know by now, we’re growing soil, food, and growers to build a food security impact economy based in environmental justice , green jobs, and good food for all. That’s why this summer we’re hosting “Growing the Growers to put the FARM in urban FARMing,” a 12-day intensive, immersive, hands-on experiential training at our farm in areas such as: Composting and Vermicomposting, Aquaponics, Poultry Husbandry, Beekeeping, Greenhouse Management, Effective and Practical Permaculture, and Mushroom Production. We will balance the hands-on experience with daily workshops to help you move from thinking through the complexities of the work that needs to be done, to acting in a meaningful and effective way. (Check out interviews with students from last summer) For individuals, the cost is $500 per person plus the cost of travel including everything: food, food justice tour, workshops, housing, etc. We envision OSBG as a space where empowered youth engage in reflective practice with others. We take pride in the diversity of youth we work with. However--because the cost of running our program--many interested young people are not able to participate. That’s where y’all come in.

To this end we’ve organized a scholarship fund for our summer program with four levels of support. Here’s how it works:
PURPLE: Donation of any amount over $50 and below $500 to the scholarship fund
You will receive: An original Our School at Blair Grocery T-shirt and an email from the student you sponsored.
GREEN: $500, 1 studnet for 12 days
You will receive: A posting on our blog from the student you sponsored + An original Our School at Blair Grocery T-shirt
GOLD: $500 + airfare for 1 student
You will receive: A letter from the scholarship recipient + A posting on our blog from the student + An original Our School at Blair Grocery T-shirt
PLATINUM: multiple students/entire group
You will receive: A video and letter from the scholarship recipients + a posting on our blog from the students + An original Our School at Blair Grocery T-shirt +A free registration to our Regional Outreach Training Center workshop weekend in the Fall with Will Allen

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. ALL donations are tax deductible

To Donate:
2) On the right hand side of the page, type in donation amount and click Donate. Fill out information
3) Once done, email your confirmation number to sam@ny2no.org and robhuffman83@gmail.com
4) We’ll send back a tax-deductible receipt and a confirmation that we got your donation.

Thank you for your support!


Nathan Turner
Founder and Director

Reflections from a Volunteer


Dear OSBG,

Our growing season is beginning in Vermont, and I can’t help but think often of my time with you in New Orleans as I am out working at our farm. I hope that your farm is continuing to flourish! I just wanted to say thank you with a letter of reflections:

Taking a break from working on houses in the Lower 9th and coming to OSBG was so refreshing. The contrast between the scarcity of (what appears to be) a serious food-desert and the abundance of produce on your farm is shocking. In a workshop, Sam had a group of us go to the nearest corner store and make observations. We came back in agreement—No fresh produce; abundant alcohol; countless highly processed foods.  I would have no idea what to make for dinner with those ingredients, and as Turner explained, there is no supermarket in the neighborhood.

I had never experienced a farm as a social justice project before, but it quickly became clear that you are doing much more than growing food. Your roots are reaching far beyond your plot of land into the local and global community. Empowerment; justice; education; family; health. I loved the energy of the place—so alive and harmonious. The constant flux of volunteers and visitors was so exciting as well—people are bringing your ideas back home all over the world! Your work is deeply inspirational, and I hope to visit again in the future (and hopefully stay for longer!).

THANK YOU for teaching, inspiring, and welcoming me!

May every bite continue to change the world,


Jenny Marks

(Middlebury College)




 Kevin, Emily, and Nick
 Putting in posts out back
 SOIL!
 Wise words of the mural
 Emily and Jordan washing arugula
 The Middlebury team
Thank you! 


Friday, April 20, 2012

Rounding out a wild week

Kickstarter Lot

Flipping the long compost pile 
Hoophouse tomatoes are 7 feet tall!

Afterschool garden looking purdy

Lawrence showing service learners how it is done

Weeding

Yup, more weeding



1800 lot

flippin

spring tomatoes going crazy (they love the rain on Monday)

Beans shading arugula w/cilantro in hanging pots: = vertical farming

more tomatoes (we've got a couple)

can you say micro greens?

Dibert students LOVED compost and worms

Thanks to our Unitarian friends of Massachusetts 

Our Sango Radish Sprouts on Salmon @ Cafe B (picture via  Tom Fitzmorris @ New Orleans Menu)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

a day in the life

okay so we've been a little busy

 our friend row building at the farm
 visiting Johhny Gallo, The King Of the Creole Tomato
 Shorty Award Winner Mud Baron, from Los Angeles (schoolgardens@gmail.com), plugmobbed us with sage, tomatoes, strawberries, red lolo lettuce and hot peppers! thanks mud!
 then we made sweet spicy salsa with mango
 this morning we picked up compost (a total of about 7 yards of green waste)
 we harvested a bunch of arugula and leeks and cucumbers and herbs and sprouts and more leeks and green beans. next week we are gonna have beaucoup tomatoes!
 then we a growing power style project planning workshop with our Unitarian Universalist friends from Massachusetts.
 That's Abby on the left. she's a rockstar.
 and they designed a sign for their garden.
 and we took a picture of e'erbody on our compost pile.
 we washed horses out at the farm
 tilling up beds at the farm
 then we sifted out all the rocks crap in the soil
 while other folks were working with the folks from the cookbook project
 we took a picture with woody...
before we headed back home

to a pot of onion leek soup with our leeks, topped with our onion sprouts