VEGGI Summer 2016

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Hey everyone! We want to give you an update on what’s been going on at our farm this past season. We’ve got a lot of exciting happenings around the farm and some events coming up this summer. Here are a few things we’ve been doing:

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Our farmers Bac Thanh and Chu Phuc have finished building the processing facility on our main farmsite. This facility will allow our farmers to process, clean, and package their produce to be ready to be sold. It also allows the farmers a space for shelter from the hot New Orleans summer. The processing facility has been a goal for us for almost a year, and with financial support from the USDA and the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of Peoples grant, we were able to complete the building this June.

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There are also a few new faces on the farm as well. Our partnership with Kids ReThink New Orleans schools continues as the Food Justice CollectiveĀ utilizes several rows on the farm to grow food and learn about food systems. The FJC’s major project this Srping and Summer is to release a decolonizing cookbook, bringing recipes from their different backgrounds to combat bland, industrialized food.

The FJC will hold a cookbook release and food demonstration event on July 15th, with location TBD. Be sure to check back here and on our social media outlets for updates on the event.

VEGGI’s new Tea Square

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This past month, Mei-ling Hom and David have been volunteering at the farm and working on their Tea Square project. Both are artists in residence and have done varied visual artwork about living organisms, often using biodegradable materials for agricultural art-related projects. They envisioned VEGGI experimenting in the tea niche, growing a local and culturally relevent product for community members and wanted to create a rest area to accompany it.

Last minute budget withdrawal called for improvisation and Mei-ling and David sold their artwork to raise money, and found many dumped materials to repurpose, such as palm log and untreated wood. Dash Lumber & Supply also kindly donated wood for this project. The tea plants should be ready to harvest from in 2 or 3 years time.

We really appreciate your hard work and contribution, Mei-ling and David! And thanks to Dash Lumber & Supply for donating the materials!

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