If you drive around New Orleans you'll notice that there are tons of vacant lots--especially in certain neighborhoods. So a few months back I thought it would be an awesome idea to turn one of them into a productive farm that could grow everything from micro greens to beets to okra. Well maybe not everything. But there is plenty that can be grown in the city, which actually presents several advantages over farming in a more rural environment. So after driving around the city, attempting to figure out who owns these various properties, I finally got in touch with a property owner who was excited about the project.
The lot will need some work to hook up water and repair some fencing, as well as some general cleanup. But it has some great shade as well as direct sunlight, and it's in an absolutely perfect location.
So now we need your help to raise $10,000 to turn this lot into a functioning urban farm.
After connecting water and repairing the fence, we'll need quite a bit more equipment as well. For this type of urban agriculture, it is essential that we have a reliable rototiller. We'll also need a variety of farm tools, such as a garden seeder, rakes, a wheelbarrow, and other tools to maintain our crop beds. We'll need a post-harvest area with a table and small shed, as well as some sort of refrigeration access--either on or offsite. For a basic irrigation system we'll need hoses, drip tape, couplings, and sprinklers. Transporting the produce will require some sort of farm vehicle (mascot), bins, and farm stand tables and signage.
We put together some great rewards, like this farmer's memo book.
We've also got these awesome lightweight American Apparel 50/50 shirts.
As well as these hats!
The following quote from Adam Smith's 1776 classic, Wealth of Nations, inspired our farm name:
"THIS division of labour, from which so many advantages are derived, is not originally the effect of any human wisdom, which foresees and intends that general opulence to which it gives occasion. It is the necessary, though very slow and gradual consequence of a certain propensity in human nature which has in view no such extensive utility; the propensity to truck, barter, and exchange one thing for another."
Basically that we as humans tend to be driven towards different careers and occupations, resulting in what he would call the division of labor. But we don't have to actively pursue this division of labor, it just happens as a result of our uniquely human propensity to exchange one thing for another--to truck and barter.
Risks and challenges
After funding this project we'll continue our challenge to find agricultural uses for underutilized spaces. We anticipate a trial and error process by which we will gain confidence as a farming operation and will hopefully continue to be supported by our community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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