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High above the Morial Convention Center, a rooftop garden in New Orleans grows fresh food for conventioneers

Carrots picked fresh from the rooftop garden. Photo by Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Nolan and her team use a crane once a year to haul up to 2,000 pounds of fresh soil.

By Kendra Parks
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Apr 26, 2018

Excerpt:

Last year, the convention center partnered with Instar Farm, a local landscaping company, to create a 3-foot-by-225-foot raised garden bed on the rooftop. Instar Farm owner Erika Nolan or one of her all-women team of three gardeners tend to the beds. The garden is not open to the public.

This spring, the landscape is bursting with herbs, edible flowers and produce, including kale, chives, broccoli, cucumber, mint, dill, rainbow carrots and nasturtiums.

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1974: The New Alchemists

The New Alchemists, Dorothy Todd Hénaut, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Film by Canada’s National Film Board

Dorothy Todd Hénaut
National Film Board
1974 | 28 min

This short documentary profiles a community engaged in developing sustainable living methods, including food production and small-scale solar and wind technology, on a farm in Massachusetts in the 1970s. Well before sustainability was a mainstream concern, these prescient innovators attempted to create a vision of a greener, kinder world. “Think small,” say the New Alchemists. “Look what thinking big has done.”

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