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Creating a resource-rich safe space for youth empowerment and sustainable economic development in the Lower 9th Ward.

What is Our School at Blair Grocery?

Our School at Blair Grocery is a Food Security Academy in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. Our mission is to create a resource rich, safe space for youth empowerment and sustainable community development. We envision a community where youth engage in reflective practice with others to actualize effective, replicable environmental justice based local solutions to global challenges.

What is Our School at Blair Grocery Currently doing?

That's where our one acre farm comes in. It's where we grow food, grow growers, and grow urban farming ambassadors.

This summer we’re working with over 30 at-risk youth. They spend time doing both farm work and classroom work, though we don’t treat them as separate activities. Rather, it’s an interdisciplinary, experiential, experimental food security academy with 1,001 “teachable moments,” whether in the compost or on the blackboard.

What’s the money for?


All funds raised will go directly towards the continuation and planned growth of the project over the coming months. Over the next three months, we will be building out an entire city block for intensive production, including vegetables, fruits tree, chickens, and pigs. 

To do this, we need:

    • 100 yards of organic soil to supplement our compost
    • Seeds for sprouts, row crops, and heirloom vegetables
    • Hoophouses (inexpensive, quick-to-build greenhouses)
    • New bee hives and a new queen bee
    • 10 new worm bins for vermicompost
    • Shovels, hoes, and rakes for students
    • Irrigation necessities: water meter, hoses, and sprinklers


But what will my support actually do?

$10 buys seeds to grow one pound of sprouts
$50 buys sprout seeds for one day
$300 buys a beehive and a new queen bee
$1000 buys the plastic for a hoophouse

$3000 buys a hoophouse so we can grow food year-round

Support empowered youth creating a food secure New Orleans!

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    You will receive some of OSBG's favorite saved seeds. Whether they're amaranth seeds, tomato seeds, or some of our delicious sprouting seeds, you can look forward to planting a small piece of OSBG in your garden.

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    OSBG students and staff will write you a handwritten thank you note and send it to your home with a picture of our garden.

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    You will get a jar-full of Jamie's specialty tomato sauce, homemade with some of our very own tomatoes and spices. You’ll have an unbeatable meal in minutes, rich in nutrients and grown lovingly by OSBG staff and students.

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    We will send you an 8-oz jar of OSBG honey, made by our bees with a diverse blend of sweet New Orleans pollens.

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    You will get two OSBG t-shirts, printed on organic cotton and free of sweatshop labor.

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    You will receive a pair of OSBG t-shirts, a jar of honey, a jar of specialty tomato sauce, a postcard from our students, and a bag of OSBG saved seeds.

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    For those wishing to grow a luscious and productive garden, our farm managers will offer six-months of personalized garden consultation. You send us pictures of the property that you want to grow food on and tell us some of your dietary preferences. We will return your sketch with a proposed plan for where and what to plant. We will also give you specialized advice on how to increase soil fertility and protect against pests. Your garden will be OSBG-luscious in no time.

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    Receive a ticket to our first-ever garden gala. This October, you and a friend will have tickets to an extravagant feast of locally sourced foods prepared by a top New Orleans chef. You will join over a hundred OSBG supporters in a garden specially grown for the occasion. It will be a festive and delicious evening in celebration of OSBG’s impact on the students it serves.

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    Our highest donors will receive two round-trip flights to New Orleans from anywhere in the continental United States for our first-ever garden gala. Two flights, two invitations, and a personal tour of our garden will make your Southern escape absolutely unforgettable.

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