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