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I wasn't going to answer since this was started so long ago - I thought I'd missed the "opportunity".

Today I addressed the gardening committee at a local senior center to see if they would allow me to teach Square Foot Gardening there. I waive my teaching fee for schools, senior centers and groups who will use this for a mission project. THEY suggested I distribute pamphlets which will allow people to know that this is also a business with me.

SFG is an organic, small-space, high-intensity method to grow veggies, herbs & flowers in gorgeous "quilt"-like raised beds with minimal care and almost no weeding. For the seniors we put bottoms on the raised beds and put them up on legs so they can be worked while standing or in a wheel chair.

One thing that might appeal to your artistic sense is adding paint OR mosiac tiles/broken plates or pottery OR stucco OR mixed media art applications to the EXTERIOR only of the raised beds.







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10/4/11 2:45 A

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I just read through this thread for the first time, and thought about a follow up to a garden to table class, and that would be a take-home basket of enough fresh veggies to create the same recipe taught in class at home. Just something extra. Even with crop failure, you could still create garden cooking classes from the Farmer's Market. Maybe even lead a FM tour and create meals on the fly based on what is available.

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10/2/11 10:38 A

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I confess that I didn't read everything in detail. I didn't notice if anyone suggested you contact your local small business association. They have a group of retirees who offer free advice on grants, loans, setup etc. It sounds like you might be able to go Not For Profit and pay yourself a salary, but you would need a good business plan. They can also advise you on that.

Here local greenhouses donate starter plants and last years seeds to the community gardens.

We also have farm to table events where local chefs are invited to showcase their talents at an outdoor dinner and everything is from within a 100 mile radius. The host I'm sure gets a percentage of any profits. Chefs get to advertise their restaurants, farms get to advertise their produce and people get educated on how to cook with seasonal produce. We have local wineries so those are highlighted also. You could also display art for sale. Profits from that could go to your other endeavors like the community projects.

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10/1/11 1:55 P

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My goodness it has been a very long time since I've posted but this has been a summer of challenges including enough extreme heat that it killed off most of my garden. I then had to contend with several deaths from April to August and a battery of other issues. I'm still doing the garden party but as fate would have it I will be downsizing to a smaller cottage but trading up to a enourmous yard that is almost a half a city block long & as wide with several mature pecan trees that is mine for the picking.

I stumbled upon this word Glennae which means "glean" that I thought of implemaenting somehow in all of this.

I was thinking of the Biblical women Naomi & Ruth who were allowed to during that time glean in the fields of Boaz after the reapers were finished.

When looking up the word glean I learned it has Celtic roots of glennare which I really like. I will see how all this goes. I won't move into the place until November and will start prepping for a spring garden.


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4/23/11 7:34 A

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It has become an interesting challenge for me to come up with inventive things but a fun challenge for my garden party. I want to incorporate my 2 best friends who have died names into my actual garden settings. Their names are Phylis & Karen. Anyone have an idea how I could meld their names together (or not)? I want to put a sing or even the stepping stones with their names....

Like this morning, I woke up around 4am & was unable to return back to sleep, so I got up and watered all my porch plants as I had neglected them with everything else that had been happening over a couple of days. I noticed (sat morn is trash day) my direct across the street neighbor had put a couple of shipping pallets out curbside for pick up. I was so happy to see these as I've been looking for 3-4 for a project.

Why shipping pallets? Well, when I get 4 I will paint them and make a container/bin for my outdoor compost. Hopefully I will be able to find 2 more on Freecycle (I don't think one can buy them (or can one?), I can do this container. Then I will prime and paint in a funky color, maybe purple or a chartreuse green or red.

I can only imagine my neighbor in the back cottage thinking I am totally nuts dragging all this stuff in the back, in essence gathering my supplies, but he will also reap the rewards in full when all done.

Here I was chuckling to myself and can imagine my "bestie"Karen would have had the biggest giggle if I had told her there I was at 4am in my robe,wheeling these things across the street just like when kids used to do with hoops & a stick almost 100 years ago except a hoop would have been easier and praying that the dogs would not start barking waking up people!

But thank goodness I woke up when I did as I had seen them earlier & had plan to ask my neighbor if I could have them but did not see them. But somewhere after dark when they put the trash out I saw they were curbside for trash pick up! It was either now or never, so I went for them. Now I cannot take credit for the funky compost container fencing, I saw it in the DIY Summer 2011 issue.

And Thurs evening, I became the recipient of a mega floral arrangement of mustard gladiolas, coral Shasta daisies , creamy carnations, red roses salmon tulips that was being thrown out. 75% of the arrangements was still blooming but the event that it was used for was a one time only event and they were going to be thrown out. I happily spent some time pulling the dead & droopy ones out to go into compost and using the remaining in two smaller arrangements in my recycled vases.

It was like my living room got a new, fresh shade of lipstick

Later today among other things I will be getting a small desk plus a Pampas (sp) chair. You know those big 1970-ish round rattan wood chairs on a pedestal from Freecycle. The young woman is moving away and they only have a few days left before they have to be completely out of their apt so I am helping her out. I do not like those round chairs but then I was thinking how would it work in my garden?.

Depending on the condition , I might keep the chair in the garden except I did not like them when they were in the heyday of the 60's & 70's, so I may use it in the garden as a prop letting the morning glory vines cover for a sculpture effect or as an oversize pedestal for smaller containers after painting it a fun funky color unless I cant find anyone to take it. emoticon Any suggestions?

After I reawaken, ( I am going back to bed after I write this) I will start in the back yard before it gets too warm and taken my new/old disposed cabinet and my Freecycle bricks to set up my gardening storage area, then flip the compost then each day tackling a new project...
Maybe this will become my Karen Garden after my "bestie" who died 2 days ago... sigh...

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4/18/11 5:10 P

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I a still prepping my garden area when I got a minor set back today. The organization that was suppose to provide me containers & soil has in essence pulled out. The public answer I got was "limitations on assisting ones with home gardening" although they are still advertising it on their website.

When I went I notice they have shifted away from the greater New Orleans area to Algiers which is part of N.O but on the Westbank that did not experience the devastation and desertion of markets in essentially creating the food deserts, that NOFFN came into existence for.

While I do not begrudge them a more narrow focus, they are still using N.O as their hook t get corporate, foundation and other donors while providing a more token "assistance" basically making it appear like they are doing ore then they really are.

I am so surprise and disappointed. I am quite sure they have convince themselves to the contrary, but my entrepreneurial streak says by them doing that they are opening up a wider marker albeit it a different way to reach out to the citizens of this citizen to grow and eat healthier & organically.

If you go back to my opening post with my speaking of wanting to not remove culturally driven ways of eating as part of what I want to do, I also spoke of well meaning ones coming here to help without a lot of respect for local people in some unintended way being a bit paternalistic...

As I said in my letter to the organization, if their intent was to help those (poor, disabled, elderly, the young) toward self-sufficiency yet make it near impossible for them to take advantage of "availability" of their services, doesn't that defeat their purpose?

I am not saying with any finality there is any dishonesty on their part. I am saying they are going to some degree contrary to what their purpose was when I met them.

I know things change and people change and things must be fine-tune. Especially in this economic environment non-profits as well as artists have to scrambled for an ever shrinking pool of money cutting back because of this horrible recession.

I will find another way to get the containers and the soil. Yes there is always a way out of now way. My clock is ticking as I had already started my seeds some have already came up with my thinking I would have the pots in place and can transplant. Now I have to scramble.

Whether it is here or somewhere else, I would always strongly encourage people to be mindful how they reach out and 1st do no harm & secondly listen to the people you are serving. Many may not have collge degrees but all are born with natural intelligence and you may be surprised how much they can teach you although you saw yourself as the teacher.



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4/9/11 12:13 P

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I spent the cooler part of the morning loading up bricks I got from Free Cycle some of which I used to line some of the garden in the front yard. The remainders I am thinking about using to make a flat for my compost, just to raise it just a bit. Or if nothing else to create a cute border adjacent to it. I am wondering if anyone knows whether you can paint bricks or because of their porous nature whether it is a waste of time. These are not the pretty red bricks but that plain kinda beigy ones. I am experimenting with all kinds of things and my next door neighbor says I am already causing a "stir" in the neighborhood as people are wondering what I am doing! emoticon

I am doing this just like I create my art : in layers sometimes backwards, with no logic seemingly to other people, but logical to me...

And of course doing all of this with no money, seriously, no money...


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4/9/11 12:07 P

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OOOH I like I like... Now I just have to figure out how to do that of incoporating containers /pretty food/ gardening/party. Perhaps as a tag line? since NOLA is seen as the party town it would fit in. And it I think with appeal to the locals' sensibilities to draw them in.

Now as I am writing this, my brain popped up with why not reach out to the tourist/hospitality industry too? I mean some of the the local restaurants advertise cooking class like K-Paul where people can come in to learn how to prepare New Orleans style food. I am jotting all the ideas down.

Of course I will not incorporate everything all at one time but that could be part of my projected venues as time goes by.

Oh the Ricky Nelson's song of Garden Party is a catchy one & I think even those too young to remember him, have probably heard the song at one time or another " La da dee dah"! emoticon emoticon

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4/9/11 10:11 A

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I kind of like Went to a Garden Party b/c it gets my brain singing that song..... but then, that's only a certain generation....

I like the inclusion of "party" b/c then it sounds like fun and who doesn't like that?!?

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I like the garden party idea. I could be marketed almost like a tupperware party, but for pretty gardens and food. I would assume the more traditional aspects of home parties would be fairly easy for people to understand. What about somehow incorporating front yard or container veggies into it? Too many people think large plots of sunny backyard is required. Selling containers of veggies, berries, herbs related to a garden to the dinner plate meal

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4/9/11 12:47 A

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WOw I am loving all the suggestions and thank y'all for helping flesh out the germ of the idea. Yes we have a P & R as I was reading I also thought of adult Ed.

Yes to offering classes to ones of some means and also having scholarships for those who do not. My primary focus is to create this as a home based and having "garden parties" from the garden to the dinner plate. How wonderful is that idea.
Yes consultaing work and digging (no pun intended) to check with local landscapers to see if it can be incorporated in what they do.

I already have a bit of a national rep in the arts, so while switching fields (again no pun intended) emoticon will help.

My SIL suggested my blogging to as a income generating.


Keep the suggestions going! I love them all. As time goes by I will traget a couple of things to start and gradually adding things that can enhance/work; deleting those who seem to not.

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Oh how do you like the idea of calling "Went to a Garden Party"? The other was " Autumn's Secret Garden" which is actually a chapter in my book I've been writing.

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4/8/11 8:49 P

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I think your idea of offering gardening/cooking classes is spot on! I have come to realize that in one generation, many folks don't know how to cook the most basic fresh produce.

Do you have a parks and recreation division in your area? Ours offers a diversity of classes, some on gardening, some on bike maintenance, etc. You might offer to do some classes through your local P&R and could do one on garden art too. This might help you develop a name for yourself as well as get some testimonials from participants to help market future individual programming.

Best of luck!!

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I'm thinking beautiful vegetables from garden to dinner plate. If you want to have a significant income from this you may have to start catering to people with money until you find some people who are willing to "pay it forward". You have a vision and it will develop as you think about it more. I would say go for it and be prepared to make some mistakes along the way and have to adjust your plans as you learn more.

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4/7/11 9:49 P

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It sounds like you are talking about incorperating "edible lanscaping" in with teaching healthier eating/cooking. This could work well with your artistic creations in designing gardens so that people can still have the beauty of gardens while growing healthy foods.

You might check with some local landscapers to see about their incorperating some of your sevices into their plans.

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4/7/11 9:04 P

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Good idea Brownie. My nutritionist does that and also offers cooking class parties for friends that want to get together for a fun evening at someone's home.

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My take on it.....Offering paying classes in the different areas...various days...provide some of the stuff....And you could offer consultation..for a fee..To anyone needing assitance in getting started at their home... emoticon

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Yes we have several Farmers' Markets in different parts of the city. In fact I am maybe 2mi from one. I do not want to start a community garden. To my knowledge there is a lot of red tape her to start one and I am as I said maybe 2 mi from a hugemongous one. I have plenty of room to have my own garden and using it as a prototype for the garden art...

I live in a double shotgun converted into a single house so the set up is ideal for classes especially the cooking classes etc.

Part of my aim is to gather folks who traditionally here would not think of this or know how easy it would be to be healthier & greener making it far more affordable to provide for their families with healthy food that is also tasty.

Oh I don't think I mentioned this in the original post but when I had my other garden all the extra produce went to a local food bank above & beyond what I could use.

Keep the suggestions coming y'all!

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4/7/11 3:19 P

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Do you have Farmer's Markets? They are a huge part of the culture in my county and a great place for sharing ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post even though I'm a geek and my creativity revolves around manipulating electrons.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

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You might want to start a community garden. If you have a large enough area, everyone on the block could have a input into what is planted and has to help weed, water and harvest it when the time come. You will be surprised how many would be willing to help if some else would just start it. Ask your neighbors if they are interested and would be willing to help. If so Go For It.
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Hi all:
I am asking your insight small & large. I do not offend easily as a preamble...

By trade, I have been an artist in one discipline or another since I was in my twenties. And as time would have it and the way of artists, I've morphed from Dancer/choreographer/set and costume design/teacher to Visual artist /teacher & lecturer to writer/ poet/photographer & all points in between.

Now here I am in an involuntary retirement not because I wanted to, but because of the economy so much has dried up. I cannot imagine my life (and don't plan to), stop creating.

What I had been toying with flying around in my head as an annoying gnat has just came up.

I want to create a way to incorporate gardening, the arts & teaching all of which I enjoy.

As New Orleans continues to redesign and recreate its energy one of the things that had not been synonymous with this party city has been going green.

It is now happening more now especially since Katrina.

Yet as out there as New Orleans is, it can also be slow & traditional in changing long long deeply held habits. We have a high level of obesity & despite the fact that everybody & their mama can cook & cook well,we do experience especially among younger families those who cannot cook or if they can know how to prepare healthy meals that still imbued all the verve, panache and tasty traditional Creole & Cajun foods of this region.

Now having said that, I had tossed around the idea of several things...

1. Helping people to create gardens to feed their families people who like me had not garden since childhood (if you are over 60).

2. Provide resources i.e classes bringing in New Orleanians who have gone raw or prepare healthy foods.

3. Designing/creating my own line of garden art both visual, musically & poetically.

4. Co-ops of seniors and/or young people for healthy lives without being lectured at or criticized or put down all of which would shut people down. We already get that from people who do not respect culture or while well meaning, are perceived as still yet another group of people wanting to gentrify or wipe out New Orleans' culture.

Too long to go into some of which is real, some of which is imagined.

Anyway I am asking for your thoughts on this...While this may be common other places it is in typical New Orleans fashion, just starting to happen here. I mean there have always been a few, but they come across as too "hippy-dippy" for the average New Orleanian.

Anyway this is the gist of my idea(s).

Now I still have to find money to implement some of this so I can support myself & plan to use my residence as the prototype inside and out. Yes I have the space to do it. My biggest hurdle is financial although some of it will be finding creative use of what I already have.

What do you suggest? I am open to anything!

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