January 10 - 18
Here are all the things we’ve done in the past week+, in bullet-point form because I’ve got to go help plant!
Tuesday, January 10
- Site Cleanup
- building French intensive beds in the 1800 lot
- building spiral herb beds in the area we cleaned up
- building a new compost sifter and modifying one of the old sifting tables
- replanting leeks in bunches
- replanting onions in bunches
- learned that tilapia farming/aquaponics is illegal here, as it is an invasive species
Wednesday, January 11
- Catholic Charities convent site visit
- cleaned woodchips out of rows for tilling
- moved a giant dirt pile
- applied compost around freshly planted fruit trees
- Whole Foods grocery run
- story time with after school kids: listened to Alan Rabinowitz on The Moth Radio and identified the elements of this story of “letting go.” We then took turns sharing our own stories. Some of the stories were extremely personal, emotional, and powerful.
Thursday, January 12
- finished building French intensive beds
- laid compost on spiral beds and planted clover in the walkways
- levee tour
- broke down old mirliton trellises
- drove after-school kids home
Friday, January 13
- bent and raised poles for new hoophouse
- rebuilt shelves and reorganized old hoophouse
- thinned tomato starts
- watering leeks and onions
- put plastic on most of the new hoophouse
- Missoula group departed
Saturday, January 14
- Whole Foods ride-along- OSBG collects green waste from one Whole Foods location, six days per week to use in our compost
- chickens- feeding, gathering eggs, fixing the fence after a dog got to one of the chickens
- finished thinning tomatoes while Nathanael built mini-trellises on the mirliton pots
- put white plastic on the rest of the new hoophouse hoops
Monday, January 16
- I drove Randy (blue truck- green truck is Dandy) for the Whole Foods run! I really like getting up with the sun. Driving in New Orleans is insane. Ever look at a map of this place?
- worked on hoophouse ends
- picked up 20 bags of leaves for compost from a gentleman up the road
- grocery store run (Winn Dixie in St. Bernard Parish AKA “the Parish”)
Tuesday, January 17
- Whole Foods
- I began reading Bill Mollison’s chapter on aquaculture
- finished the new hoophouse (tentatively dubbed Patches)!
- Nathanael made pesto eggs for breakfast- yum!
- harvested hot peppers and lettuce for the New Orleans Food Co-op
- discovered our sprinkler had been broken, so I watered by hand
- unloaded Whole Foods load into compost with after-school kids
- found yellow slime mold in the old hoophouse
- found volunteer kohlrabi in the beets bed!
- harvested kohlrabi, beets, chard, and peppers for dinner
- Nathanael made some amazing hot sauce
- I pruned the giant volunteer tomato in the corner of the old hoophouse. Pruning tomatoes is pretty much my favorite thing.
Wednesday, January 18
- Whole Foods score! An entire box of frozen, pre-proofed butter croissants, and fancy cheese and baked goods discards
- death by croissants for breakfast
- organized tool area
- organized seeds
- I found a bush bean under one of the benches and planted the beans
- identified leafminer damage on the tomatoes- removed and destroyed the leaves
- identified caterpillar damage on many of the tomatoes- sprayed with garlic/cayenne vodka infusion, mixed with a bit of dish soap and put in a 1:20ish water solution
- unloaded Whole Foods load with after-school: discovered an entire bag of whole pomegranates. This turned out to be an awesome teachable moment, as none of the kids had ever seen, let alone tasted a pomegranate. It took some convincing (pomegranates look weird!), but every single kid eventually tried and loved them. They each ate a whole one and took one home. We talked about pomegranate origins, nutritional value, and folklore.
- Now we want a pomegranate tree at OSBG ;)
- Quinn used her cameras to engage the creative kids in a photo activity. It’s really amazing to see these kids have opportunities to express theselves and let their artistic talent come through. It led to great discussions about dreams for the future, career goals, personal interests and talents, etc.