Sol Food Mobile Farm: Final City – New Orleans

| December 21, 2012
This is the last of Sol Food Mobile Farm’s articles from their nationwide tour! Thank you for joining us on this journey. Don’t forget to check them out on PBS’ Grow a Greener World.
It’s hard to believe that Sol Food has finally reached the final city of our national tour. We have visited a lot of special places on our tour, and New Orleans is one of the best cities we could have chosen for our final visit. This city is truly unique unto itself and we have discovered the powerful community who is involved in their food justice movement.
In New Orleans, we were connected to their Edible Schoolyard Program and were able to visit 3 out of their 5 schools involved. The Edible Schoolyard is an amazing program that gives kids hands on experience in a garden all throughout elementary school. The first school we visited was John Dibert Community School. We gave expos to their after school garden club and took a tour of their beautiful garden.
The next day we visited Green Charter School. Green has an amazing garden that is filled with seasonal vegetables, a wetlands, and a butterfly garden! We were blown away by their garden, as well as their state of the art kitchen classroom. Alongside working in the garden, the students learn how to cook the produce and create healthy meals. We gave expos to 5th, 2nd and 1st graders. The students were very excited about the bus and were equally excited to show us around their garden! After teaching at Green, we drove over to Arthur Ashe Charter to give expos to 4th, 5th, and 8th graders. Arthur Ashe Charter had brand new facilities and an entire acre to build their new garden on! We had a full day with lots of smart questions and excited students. We were amazed by how knowledgable the ESY students were and how big their school gardens were.
On Friday, we had a non-stop day from start to finish. In the morning, the Sol Food crew visited Charter Math and Science High School. We worked with the special needs morning classes that came to the school garden a few times each week. The small group of students in each class took tours of the bus and then showed us the projects they were working on in the garden. Then we made pesto from basil straight out of their garden. Each student was very brave and tried the homemade sauce that was entirely new to them. After a warm send off from the kids at Sci High, we drove over to the Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park. Grow Dat is a farm that trains young adults to become leaders through growing food.The farm was created on an old golf course that was ruined during Katrina. The land they occupy now has three large garden plots and a beautiful teaching center created out of old storage containers. When we arrived, we met the farm manager, Leo Gorman, and some of the interns who were involved with the farm. Right away ,we got to work and helped amend new garden plots with compost. After shoveling compost for an hour, the interns gave us a thorough tour of the farm. It was wonderful to see a plot of land that was once just grass be turned into a flourishing farm. Our final stop of the day was at the College Track Health and Wellness day. College Track is an after school program for high school students, to help them succeed in their classes. We had the privilege of being part of their Health and Wellness day and provided an expo for the students and their families.

Our final day in New Orleans, we spent at the Holly Grove Farm & Market. In the middle of a bustling neighborhood was this sweet farm that was filled with lush produce. Every square inch was filled with a raised bed or hydroponics. We were lucky enough to park the bus in their garden and provide expos to people who were visiting their farmers’ market. It was a beautiful final day of our trip and it felt only right to be spending our day amongst fresh veggies and good people.
After six months of digging, driving, planting, learning and teaching, our national tour has finally come to an end. This trip has been an amazing experience that none of us would trade for the world. We are so thankful to everyone who supported us along the way. We look forward to returning home and using the knowledge we gained from our tour to continue to advocate for healthy, nutritious, and locally grown food.

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  1. Christine says:

    What great work they have accomplished!

  2. Simply Life says:

    i love seeing these pictures! I really want to visit new orleans!

  3. vianney says:

    Love this thank you for sharing!

  4. I’m far to do a similar tour there, but I see it was a wonderful green experience.

    Have a great 2013 coming!

    Gera