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Our School at Blair Grocery

Location:  New Orleans, LA

Day Job:  We are an independent community school, sustainability education center and urban farm in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans

The Digs:  Community Garden, Containers, Other

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Blueberries, Bok-choy, Broccoli, Carrots, Chile Peppers, Collards, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Green beans, Jalepeno Peppers, Kale, Lettuce, Melons, Mint, Mustard Greens, Peas, Rosemary, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Tomatoes, sprouts and microgreens

Animals:  Bees, Cats, Chickens, Dogs, Ducks, Goats

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  Communities in New Orleans, and particularly the Lower 9th Ward continue to fight an uphill battle to recovery from Hurricane Katrina more than 5 years ago. The fundamental building blocks of community remain elusive. Access to quality education, meaningful employment and even food remain severely limited. Our School at Blair Grocery is creating a resource rich safe space for youth empowerment and sustainable community development. We envision a community where empowered youth engage in reflective practice with others to actualize effective, replicable, environmental justice based local solutions to global challenges. Our students are 15-19 African American young men who have not found success in traditional school environments, yet need and deserve a safe space to learn and grow. Our school is sustained financially by through the growing and selling of produce to top New Orleans restaurants and chefs. For more information, visit our blog at www.ourschoolatblairgrocery.org

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  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on May 11th, 2014 at 02:22 pm

    Glad to see you got farmer of the day!

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on May 11th, 2014 at 07:53 am

    Congratulations on being farmers of the day!

 
  • Posted by: Wong88 on May 11th, 2014 at 06:43 am

    Nice pictures

 
  • Posted by: Dante on May 10th, 2014 at 02:52 pm

    It has been eight years this month since I've been to NOLA. My first and only stay (four months) made me fall in love with the city (was with the U.S. Coast Guard helping out with the clean-up & was assigned at Bucktown but resided on the corner of Tchoupitoulas & Poydras). I will eventually re-visit the area, hopefully soon.

    My vote to you.

 
  • Posted by: Wall 2 Wall Sheep& BorderCollies Pete & Lorna Wall on June 27th, 2013 at 06:17 pm

    Love your Lady Bug picture! Interesting discussion about the school and impact on community, most people do not see that community is important like this. Lorna Canada... also in a flood prone area... where farmers have just been bought out for far less than the price of the actual farm operation and great loss to the community. : (

 
  • Posted by: BellMar Farm on June 19th, 2013 at 07:21 am

    I love what you are doing! I wish you the best of luck!

 
  • Posted by: Misplaced Gardener on May 12th, 2013 at 01:03 pm

    New Orleans the land of some great eats.

 
  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on April 21st, 2013 at 02:23 pm

    What a wonderful program! Voted.

 
  • Posted by: Wong88 on April 21st, 2013 at 07:59 am

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

 
  • Posted by: Cindyg on April 21st, 2013 at 07:20 am

    Congrats on Farmer of the day! such an inspiring story you have, you are blessed.

 
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