VEGGI Farmer’s Cooperative is comprised of local farmers and fisherfolk dedicated to providing the highest quality local produce and seafood to the Greater New Orleans area and beyond. VEGGI was established following the effects of the BP oil spill on the Vietnamese community in New Orleans. With many community members losing their jobs because of the spill, VEGGI was developed to provide sustainable economic opportunities in urban agriculture. In late 2011, we trained 12 community members to utilize aquaponics and greenhouse technology through a curriculum developed in partnership with JOB1 and Delgado Community College. We then provided microgrants to these community members so that they can build these systems on their property, using them to grow fresh, quality produce.
Our produce is grown naturally without use of chemical pesticides, using both traditional in-ground farming as well as aquaponics. Greenhouses are used to enable year-round growing of various greens. Our goal is to have all of our farmers to supplement their pre-BP oil spill income while providing the best quality, fresh, local produce to local markets and restaurants.
Mission: VEGGI is a community member owned and operated farmer’s cooperative based out of New Orleans East, Louisiana. VEGGI Cooperative is dedicated to empowering growers in the Greater New Orleans area, starting in New Orleans East, in order to create sustainable, high quality jobs that enhance the quality of life of communities through increasing local food access and promotion of sustainable agriculture.