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Our Market - Lower 9th Weekly Farmers Market

Activism & Community, Business & Economy, City Life & Neighborhood, Education & Schools, Green

November 11th, 2009

Join us every Sunday from 11-4 for affordable, fresh, healthy and local food provided by Hollygrove Market & Farm and Our School at Blair Grocery.
Located at Our School at Blair Grocery at 1740 Benton St. at Benton and Roman.
Support local farmers!
Support L9W youth!

Our School at Blair Grocery is creating a model of what a food system should look like – locally based, community focused and youth centered. That is, our project is about building a model food economy, one that is replicable, scalable, and translatable, as well as makes visible the possiblity of networks of sustainable, local food economies (think global, act local) and their development as a powerful tool for youth empowerment and sustainable community development.

We are growing food, building soil with waste, selling our food locally, reopening the grocery store, rebuilding healthy homes, understainding and designing our village, creating an anchor for community revitalization, and understanding sustainability through sustainable living.

We are New Orleans youth at our school at blair grocery.

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Our School at Blair Grocery (OSBG) is an independent community school located in the old Blair family grocery in the Lower 9th Ward. Our students are 15-19 year old African-American youth who have not been going to school and who need and deserve an engaging curriculum in a supportive environment.

Furthermore, in our neighborhood, few families have been able to return home and rebuild. Those who have come back live among vacant and overgrown lots. Many children live, play, and go to school in the neighborhood, yet no place outside of home offers them room to play, learn, and grow when school closes. Our presence after school provides kids with opportunities to try new things, to experiment and make mistakes, and to help build a stronger, more resilient community.

OSBG strengthens the skills, knowledge, human capital, and confidence in our youth by involving them in sustainable community development projects. Our curriculum utilizes the best practices in education, offering learner-centered, outcome-based, transformative, place-based and feedback-driven teaching through experiential projects. The Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, and the Gulf Coast are the classroom. Social entrepreneurship and community-based economic development are the curriculum, making math, science and social studies come alive. Community resilience is strengthened, as is the local capacity for self-determination. Students contribute meaningfully to their community, which nurtures strong principles and a profound sense of efficacy and agency.

We are growing growers. To build a local food system, growing growers is essential. We are paying youth to farm on vacant lots, to grow, harvest, and market food. We are working with local schools, neighborhood churches, and local commercial retailers to take the first step towards achieving food security in New Orleans by creating a sustainable and profitable food system in the Lower Ninth Ward.

We are empowering Urban Farming Ambassadors. We are building a team of young urban farmers and community organizers with the knowledge and confidence to emerge as leaders in the New Green Revolution. More than the technical skills of farming and marketing, we teach leadership, communication, critical thinking, and the entrepreneurial skills necessary to create a sustainable future.

We are building a model food economy. We are creating a model of what a food system should look like—locally based, community focused, and youth centered. We have a huge opportunity to revitalize our neighborhood, to build an economic engine by building food security.

Tags: farmers market, market, food, sustainability, environment, youth, urban agriculture, urban farming, social enterprise