VEGGI Welcomes New Member

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We’d like to welcome our newest member Jen Vo. Jen has a passion for growing and all things natural. She will help our whole cooperative grow and as a young person, will be able to learn a lot from our other members. Here she is describing herself and her connection with food and health:

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My name is Jenifer Vo and I am a new team member here at Veggi Farm Cooperative. The following is a little introduction about myself. New Orleans is home, I was born and raised here. I graduated from the University of New Orleans with a bachelor in Business Administration. Growing up in my native community, Algiers, I’ve dove into the delicious wild taste buds of seafoods and drowned in sugary junk foods. As my mind and curiosity for life grew, I noticed my body and health were declining and I found myself in the hospital annually because of illnesses that left me puzzled. Staying active is essential to our health and that was already part of my daily lifestyle, so I thought I was healthy, but I was far from it. While doing self research on Google and Youtube, I came across mind cultivating information expressing the importance of the human body and its’ correlation to plants. I had no choice nor idea and that changing my eating habits would drastically improve my life. Like cutting out processed sugars and consuming more fruits and vegetables. By implementing the new profound ancient knowledge, I have manage to sustain a healthy body and mind. My passion is to revolve myself around vegetables and fruits and learn how to organically farm them. To be an advocate for health. The human body and Earth are sacred and we should take care of our homes.

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 Collective 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.