Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mission Lab Week 1!

A big thanks to the Mission Lab teams that came out to serve on site this week! We did a clean sweep of the property, leveled and covered half of the field, and finished up other odd jobs. We are always amazed at the amount of work twenty young folks and their leaders can accomplish.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Month of May

It was a great month! Here is a peek at what our kids club has been up to. We've been learning about planting and saving seed! 

This is at the beginning of our club time. Every meeting we say the 4H pledge. Head, Heart, Hands, Health

During this club meeting we learned to collect and save seed! 

Here's Imani creating a seed packet for the seeds she saved! 

These ladies are learning about plant spacing and thinning.

We look forward to the adventures that the month of June will bring in the garden! We have planted a garden of giants. Stay tuned for updates. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016


They are here! 15 little chikadees are growing under a heat lamp, and will soon reside in the beautiful, volunteer-built chicken coop at the garden. 10 Rhode Island Reds and 5 Americanas will provide fresh eggs as well as educational opportunities for our 4-H Kids Club members to show them at local fairs. It doesn't get much cuter than this, folks ♡ Thanks to the Family Life AG guys, U of AL ladies, and the Catholic Missions Trip crew for your hard work on the coop. 

In other news, the garden is thriving in this rainy spring! Check it out. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lagniappe: A little something extra

Lagniappe is defined as a little something extra, a bakers dozen, an unexpected gift. Last week a group partnering with Catholic Missions Trips and working with His Hands 2 Go brought with them just that, a little something extra. Their hearts were full of excitement each morning as they arrived to take on the tasks for the day. Some of which included finishing up the chicken coop, framing a run for our chicks, and building out new pathways and garden beds! We are so thankful to these folks from North Carolina who gave of their time, talents, and energy. We look forward to seeing you back in the Crescent City!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

'Elan Ministries Board visits Marais!

This last weekend members of the 'Elan Ministries board visited the garden. They have been supportive of our garden endeavor since day one. Some of the board members are from our neighborhoods and others travel in from out of state. We are thankful for their time, their commitment, and their continual encouragement! 

 Below you'll see a few shots of us taking a stroll around the garden. 


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

How's it Growin'?

Here are some of the plants growing on Marais! 
ladybird meet cosmo, cosmo meet ladybird! 
we are happy to see lady bugs in the garden. they are beneficial insects and can eat of to 50 aphids a day 

this here is nasturtium. it's gorgeous, serves as a ground cover and is edible! a recent visitor to the garden described the bold flowers taste like this, " oh! it taste like apple. wait, it's so spicy, yum!" nasturtium is a great addition to salads. they're also an irresistible snack while working in the garden.

 we've got about 300 babies in the hoop house right now. above is a close up of spinach below you'll see some broccoli starts! 

this lil babe is calendula, another edible flower. it is commonly used in tea, skin care products, and to heal open wounds

Thanks for stopping by, just keep growing!