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On this glorious, sunny MLK Jr. Day, also a national day of service, AmeriCorps VISTAs from Rebuilding Together came out to lend a helping hand here at Hollygrove Market & Farm. The VISTAs were hard at work screening compost for the the new growing space dedicated to Grow Dat Youth Farm.
Rebuilding Together volunteers hard at work screening compost for Grow Dat Youth Farm's plot at Hollygrove Market & Farm
Grow Dat’s mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. They will work collaboratively to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social and environmental change in their own communities. Grow Dat is a place where people from different backgrounds and disciplines come together in research and practice to support public health, local economies, and a sustainable food system in South Louisiana.
The Grow Dat Youth Farm will begin its pilot year at the Hollygrove Market and Farm, while site development on our permanent site at City Park takes place. They hired 13 teenagers who will be employed from February through June to grow food that they sell and donate. Starting in February, Grow Dat's participants will begin working on their plot in Hollygrove Market & Farm in addition to helping out at the Saturday Market.
Do you have old electronics or cans of paint hanging around your home? Bring them this Saturday to Hollygrove Market and Farm, and The Green Project will happily take them off your hands! The Green Project will dispose of your paint and recycle it into their 100% recycled paint at their warehouse. The Green Project also partners with Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council and your old electronics will either be donated to schools and nonprofits or recycled into new electronics. Visit http://www.thegreenproject.org/recycling.php to see the complete list of acceptable electronics.
Do you have a fruit-bearing tree or edible plant on your property but neither the time, energy or materials to harvest it? If yes, volunteers from The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project would be happy to do it for you!
To further fulfill its mission of increasing the access of fresh, local produce to underserved populations in New Orleans, Hollygrove Market & Farm is pleased to announce The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project. This program will allow for city-wide harvesting of local fruits and edible plants from community space and private residential property. After homeowners and volunteers receive their share, surplus produce will all be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.
Please register your tree or edible plant here and a staff person from Hollygrove Market & Farm will contact you with more information. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering please email Megan Nuismer at email@example.com
Bring you kids out tomorrow for a ton of fun in the garden. These month's theme will be holidary gift making. Kids will be making okra ornaments, holiday gift bags, and dipping oils. There is no cost and activities will take place from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, December 4th. If you have any questions about the activities, you can contact Melissa Luer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to an overwhelming response to Hollygrove menu at Martinique, they have created another delicious three course menu based around the produce here at the Market & Farm. You can check out the menu this week by clicking here.
By Linda Michurski
-Chargrilled double cut pork chop, roasted Arkansas Black apple demiglace Arabi's Farm roasted sweet potatoes, braised mustard greens
-Chocolate shitake ice cream profiteroles with chocolate ganache
-Satsuma pot de crème, Grand Marnier chantilly and white chocolate shavings
Now that the temperatures have cooled down a bit, it's time for lettuces and salad greens! Our resident expert on these fall crops, mentor farmer Macon Fry, has chosen to dedicate his Hollygrove plot entirely to arugula. While he grows a number of other greens and lettuces, such as kale and buttercrunch lettuce, he decision to focus solely on arugula was based on its relatively short shelf life and a supply of volunteer gardeners who help him out on his plot here at Hollygrove. With his current setup now Macon is able to harvest approximately 60lbs of arugula each week. By staggering his planting he is able to consistently harvest from 3-4 rows, providing us with a steady supply of arugula every week.
After a long, hot summer of no baking and the oven breaking down, I've decided to rebuild the oven with some upgrades and modifications. Our new oven won't change in size, but it will have better insulation and a doorway. Our new insulation will use perlite (those little white pebbles in your potting soil) and clay slip. The purpose of this new insulation is to increase the R-value and eliminate the possibility of the oven catching on fire (our last insulation was wood, so it occasionally caught on fire).
We will be building the oven over the next two weeks, so feel free to check out the progress next time you stop by the market. We will be unvailing the oven and baking some bread at our Autumn Harvest Birthday Brunch, so make sure to get your tickets soon!
Hollygrove Market & Farm, in conjunction with the Master Gardeners of New Orleans, will conduct farm tours and educational programs every Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 11 a.m., beginning June 15 and ending July 29, 2010, at
Hollygrove Market & Farm
8301 Olive St.
The tour and programs are suitable for children ages 6-12 and will feature a combination of educational and fun activities such as:
- How fruits and vegetables are grown
- Backyard worm composting
- Make your own seed bracelet
- Hunt for plants and bugs
- Feed the chickens
- Take-home seeds and plants
- Juices and snacks
The cost of the program is $5 per child. Space is limited to 24 children per visit. Reservations are required.
Reserve your space now: 504.483-7037
New Orleans, LA—The New Orleans Food and Farm Network, in collaboration with the Tulane School of Medicine, the Food Policy Advisory Committee and Our School at Blair Grocery, will host a dinner for faith leaders to discuss food, hunger and health in our communities on Tuesday, May 18th from 6 to 8 pm. The event will take place at Café Reconcile, located at 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, and will include a brief screening of the documentary, Food, Inc. This is an opportunity for faith leaders to join in a discussion about how to address hunger in our communities.
According to Feeding America,
1 in 8 Louisianans are at risk of hunger.
1 in 5 Louisiana children are food insecure.
There are an average of 10,000 people for every grocery store.
In New Orleans, there were 18,000 people for every grocery in 2008.
The event kicks off the our city’s participation in the Ingredients for Change Campaign, a nationwide initiative to address America’s alarming rates of obesity and other major health problems directly linked to our country’s food system.
The New Orleans Food and Farm Network was selected as one of 30 organizations around the country to participate in the Ingredients for Change Campaign, and will convene a range of related local projects to join a nationwide network of local, agricultural and public health groups working to increase the availability of nutritious food and improve their communities’ overall health. The Campaign is a collaboration of Active Voice and Participant Media.
In addition to a short film screening which will share a few clips from the movie, this event will feature a delicious meal catered by Café Reconcile. Following the film, a panel of faith leaders will share innovative ways they are bringing fresh, wholesome food to their communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss ideas over dinner and to learn about organizations in New Orleans that provide resources for food projects such as gardens and farmers markets. The event is free, but space is limited so you must RSVP in order to attend. Please contact Danielle Dinner by Monday, May 10th at the New Orleans Food and Farm Network at 864-2009 or Danielle@noffn.org to RSVP.
The event’s organizers are encouraging neighborhood organizations and religious congregations to help spread the word amongst their communities, and to also consider organizing transportation for their constituents to the screening. Organizations working on food-related initiatives are invited to get in touch to arrange for on-site education and outreach opportunities.
Food, Inc., the critically acclaimed 2009 hit documentary from Participant Media, Magnolia Pictures and River Road Entertainment, gives audiences a vivid view of industrial food production, a system that in the last 50 years has drastically changed the American diet. Scrutinizing our national agriculture and food policies, the film examines why soda and fast food are now significantly cheaper and more accessible then fresh fruits and vegetables, and how this change has directly contributed to soaring rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems. For more information, visit www.foodincmovie.com.
ABOUT ACTIVE VOICE AND THE INGREDIENTS FOR CHANGE CAMPAIGN
Active Voice, a non-profit media strategist and national organizer of the IFC Campaign uses film, television and multimedia to put a human face on pivotal social justice issues and spark social change. The year-long IFC Campaign began in June 2009 with support provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
ABOUT PARTICIPANT MEDIA
Participant produces social issue films intended to entertain audiences and inspire them to actions. Through social action campaigns accompanying each film, Participant partners with relevant organizations to create opportunities for education and direct involvement in film-specific issues. To date, Participant has developed active, working relationships with 112 non-profits, and has reached over 60 million people worldwide.