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5 Years After Katrina, Teacher Tills Soil of Lower 9th Ward

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Ryan Meador harvests herbs at Our School at Blair Grocery. Photo by Jennifer Zdon for The New York Times.

The farming part of the school’s curriculum includes up to eight hours of minimum-wage work a week.

By Charles Wilson
New York Times
January 15, 2011

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Mr. Turner, 39, is the founder of Our School at Blair Grocery, a fledgling educational venture and commercial urban farm in the heart of the Lower Ninth Ward. Operating out of a former black-owned grocery store wrecked by 14 feet of water and on two empty lots, the enterprise is an unusual hybrid of G.E.D. training and farm academy. With its emphasis on experiential learning, the school is also a clear rejection of the test-heavy emphasis of No Child Left Behind.

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January 17, 2011   Comments Off on 5 Years After Katrina, Teacher Tills Soil of Lower 9th Ward

How To Grow Farms Around Our Cities


Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain,Connecticut.

Connecticut’s urban farming potential

By Robert Orr
The Hartford Courant
January 16, 2011

Excerpt:

Gov. Dan Malloy has talked about strengthening the state’s agricultural economy, though his emphasis seems to be on meat and poultry. Why not think bigger and connect agriculture with smart growth?

If the economics of tight-knit walkable communities outperform suburban counterparts by more than 200 percent, as studies by the firm Public Interest Projects in North Carolina and Florida have recently shown, then smart growth should be a goal. One way to achieve more densely settled cores is to surround them with belts of agriculture, as indeed Connecticut’s towns were in the Colonial era. Such a move toward so-called “urban agriculture” could be a godsend to the state’s physical and economic health.

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January 17, 2011   2 Comments