By Ron Triggs, Grade 8, Edgar P Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy, New Orleans
I have always lived in a food desert, meaning fresh and healthy food options are not readily available where I live. Instead, there’s a gas station corner store down the street from my house where most people buy food. At school, I want to see more fresh, healthy, culturally relevant foods in our school lunches. The New Orleans student of color population is at risk when it comes to eating nutritious and culturally relevant school meals. In Orleans Parish, an alarming 83.8% of public school students are eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch compared to the national average of 48.1%. And, students eligible for free or reduced-priced are disproportionately students of color –88.1% of eligible students are Black
This month, VEGGI will be returning to the Crescent City Farmers Market on Thursday afternoons at the American Can Company. We haven’t had a stand at the market since June because of the heat, which restricted our crop varieties and harvest.
But now that the season is changing, we are seeing a lot of beautiful colors on our farm, with lots of veggies growing bountifully again. Because of this, we look to be back at the farmers market and hope to see all of you there.
We will have our usual salad mixes, tofu, soy milk, radish, turnips, beets, herbs, eggplant, etc. and we still collaborate with SUA to bring you great products grown in the lower 9th as well.
What’s new this season is that our youth led Food Justice Collective will have some of their produce for sale as well. They’ve grown eggplant and okra, and have their own reusable grocery bag that you can purchase right here on our website and pick up at the market (we’re working on being able to sell the bags at the market as well).
We started our CSA delivery program this summer as well, and a presence at the farmers market, we’ll be able to use the site as a pickup spot for anyone who orders our box. You can also order a box at the market if you’d like.
We’re excited to get back to the market and be able to connect with our customers directly. Please follow us on twitter @veggifarmcoop to know which day we will be there and in case we take a day off.
We are beginning a series of blog posts to update you guys on what goes on with our farm operation. There will be a new blog post every month so come back to stay up to date on everything VEGGI!
Here’s our first post for September 2015:
Last season, the farm team began book club nights with Masanobu Fukuoka’s One-Straw Revolution. We studied his self-developed philosophy on agriculture. The goal is to work more closely with nature to grow food, instead of working to dominate nature. Continue reading
With the closure of Good Eggs New Orleans, we’ve received lots of questions on where you can order our tofu, soy milk, and produce. We had these items on Good Eggs for over two years and we appreciate all the people who have used the online market to buy our products.
Currently, we have all our flavors of tofu at both Hollygrove Market & Farm and at the New Orleans Food Co-op. Our soy milk and other products can be bought directly from us at the Crescent City Farmers Market on Thursdays starting in a few weeks (Late Summer). Some of our produce items will be available at the New Orleans Food Co-op later in the year as well.
We also currently offer a weekly CSA box that includes all of our in-season products including the option for tofu and soy milk. Click on the CSA tab above to find out more.
We’d like to thank the people at Good Eggs who allowed us to be more accessible to many of our customers. Going forward, we hope that our customers will be able to find our products as easily as possible through our current markets and CSA.
Thank you for your continued support!
VEGGI’s goal is to create jobs for community members through sustainable urban agriculture. The members in our cooperative are small farmers who take it upon themselves to grow fresh, natural, sustainably grown vegetables in an area that lacks access to healthy food. Our CSA program is an important piece in achieving our goals and helps support the ability of our farmers to grow food all year long.
In mid-October of 2014, we started turning a school’s 4-year dream into reality – by partnering with ReThink to build a garden for the students of Edgar P. Harney School of Excellence. The young Garden Visionaries of their school wanted students to have curriculum tied to learning how to grow food and eat healthier. They now have an outdoor environment in their school backyard to do just that. Continue reading
The weather is cooling down for fall but we’re just getting warmed up.. for bridging interracial gaps that is. We are beginning a collabo program with Rethink – 9 months of education on food justice with 14 young people, ranging in age from 12 to 22. Together, we will become stronger advocates by learning about the food history of major ethnic groups in New Orleans, maintaining a plot on the VEGGI farm and forming our own solidarity economy.