Xavier Students Take “Community Plunge”

At 9am on Saturday morning the Growing Local NOLA campus in Central City, New Orleans was hopping. Thirty new freshman from Xavier University were busy cleaning, painting and planting! The volunteers participated in an orientation “Community Plunge”, a program designed to immerse incoming students in the culture of New Orleans by working with local organizations.

Many thanks to Louisiana Master Gardener, Debra Surtain, for arranging the event!

 

 

 

Raising Urban Chickens!

Our most recent workshop in our Summer “Grow Mo’, Bettah” series in partnership with the New Orleans Food and Farm Network was about raising urban chickens! Dozens of people flocked (pun intended) to our Growing Local NOLA public campus to learn from Louisiana Master Gardener, Horticulturist and urban farming guru Ica Crawford. She discussed caring for chickens from egg to adulthood and what the specific needs are for each stage. Of course the chicks themselves stole the show (see pix)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer School is hot hot hot!

It’s full on summer in New Orleans and our Growing Local NOLA food and farm center is starting to really heat up with all the public classes we’ve been offering. Last night, we hosted a natural pest and disease management seminar. It was a perfect evening, complete with a lovely breeze and some fluffy white clouds to provide just the right amount of shade. Louisiana Master Gardener and Botanist Ica Crawford led the group through preventative as well as curative ways to handle a wide range of garden troubles. She even brought samples of problematic insects and plants with common diseases to help people identify symptoms as early as possible, so they can treat them quickly and effectively. RFC and NOFFN are hosting a series of trainings for farmers and gardeners over the course of the next few weeks – check back for more great pix and info!

 

Growing Local NOLA Farm to Table Cooking Demo

Exciting things happening at our Growling Local NOLA campus in Central City New Orleans! As our contribution to the annual NOLA Locavores Eat Local Challenge – we hosted an “all local” farm to table cooking demonstration. We had more than 50 people in attendance trying out our fresh and delicious recipes with ingredients from all local farms (including ours!) -

Zucchini and yellow squash “pasta” ribbons with pecan basil pesto

Herbed strawberries over mixed greens in a lemon honey pecan vinaigrette

Blueberry honey frozen yogurt with candied pecans and a sweet cream drizzle

We’ll be featuring these in our upcoming newsletter too – so be on the lookout for that coming your way soon. Not a member yet and want these great recipes and more? Join our mailing list!

Many thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for all their support in developing Growing Local NOLA and allowing us to offer free health-supportive programs for our community!

 

Happy Earth Day!

Recirculating Farms Coalition was chosen to participate in the Earth Day and Green Business Expo at Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday April 19th, coordinated by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. A host of wonderful volunteers worked our booth, where we provided free fresh cold lemon and mint water (helping to minimize the amount of plastic bottled water at the event!), various vegetable and flower seeds (courtesy of our partner New Orleans Food and Farm Network) and seed coasters (they turn into wild flowers when you plant them!). We had a recirculating hydroponic tower running on a solar panel displayed, and we made fresh salads and homemade dressing using the herbs, lettuces and vegetables in our tower. Samples of the salads were a big hit – many visitors came back for second and even third helpings. We had so many new people sign up for our e-activist and newsletter list and become members too! It was a fun day to celebrate sustainability and also raise awareness about recirculating farming.

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful event and HAPPY EARTH DAY!