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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Spring has sprung!


We've been preparing for spring at OSBG, with the help of fifteen student volunteers from Colorado and Connecticut!  In their week here, the volunteers have been learning about our work in the 9th Ward and our mission for change in the community, all while getting their hands dirty with the ins and outs of the farm.

Together, we're taking care of the goats, making and delivering compost, harvesting bean sprouts and arugula, as well as getting the ground ready for all the seeds we'll be planting.

Building the compost pile. 

Washing the produce.
They are hard at work, taking their shovels to the soil, and what we have been digging up is more than just dirt.

Preparing the soil for planting.
"I like to think that it's hope." said Maxine, one of our volunteers from Connecticut, "Hope is somewhere here in this broken earth, in the roots that run deeper than we first expect.  It's in the sweat and blood* and in the seeds and the sprouts and good things that will grow."

The soil they dig up is rich, promising for the new life to come.  So here's to another season of growth at Blair Grocery with thanks to everyone who has helped make it possible!

*No volunteers were harmed in the making of this message. 



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Benefit for Our School --- On Paddle8

And finally... Our art auction BEGINS! Viewing and bidding is now available.

Check out our eclectic collection of dope, beautiful and inspiring pieces from over 30 artists and counting. All proceeds raised continue to go towards the renovation of our building headquarter in the Lower 9th Ward.


Featuring artwork by Swoon, Suzy Lake, Steve Martin, and many more.

Check out the to our auction here, and please share on all social media channels:

Our School at Blair Grocery on Paddle8

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Inspiremore and OSBG

Friends and supporters! We've had the recent pleasure of connecting with inspiremore. Every week they select a non-profit to donate a portion of their profits to, and this week its us!

The easiest way for you to help is by viewing and sharing their content. The more clicks they get, the more profits they generate.

Here's the link: Inspire More


Friday, June 19, 2015

NYC -- SAVE THE DATE

Friday July 17th, 6-10pm @Superchief Gallery NYC -- 66 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY


As we approach the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Superchief Gallery is presenting an art sale and auction to benefit Our School at Blair Grocery. Swoon Studio has generously donated a beautiful unique piece to be auctioned off at the event, curated by Hillary Bokor -- including life size photography depicting the social landscape of the Lower 9th Ward. 



Please, share, show, spread, and save the date, and more information coming soon!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Renovation of our building

We are currently submitting our rezoning application for permits to renovate our building this summer. Pictures and plans for the redesign coming soon....

Saturday, May 2, 2015

"If you build it, they will come"

We built a compost pile, and the plants came.


Tomatoes.
 Squash.
 Young Avocado trees.
Watermelon.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Reversing the Mississippi: A Groundbreaking Documentary

"In the wake of the Great Recession and Occupy movement, Americans are becoming deeply dissatisfied with economic stratification and worsening environmental degradation. The country’s spiraling energy consumption hijacks our democracy and gambles our planet’s future. And while 50 million Americans live in poverty, our government stalls behind party lines. Reversing the Mississippi is a blueprint for realistic, immediate solutions."


Fundraiser in Los Angeles: February 17th, 2015

Check this out! Some of our friends out in LA are throwing us a fundraiser...
Po-boys, brass bands, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and more
Facebook link can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/716628821768102/
To purchase tickets: http://localbuy.me/tickets/events/29