Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Greetings from the garden on a warm fall day! It was a scorching September, but now we are getting a taste of the early morning cardigan weather and late evening chills. The cooler mornings have made our garden club get togethers much more pleasant. This time of year calls for bed building, hauling in new loads of mulch, and lots and lots of seed starting. Below you'll find a glimpse of the activities on Marais!

Here our 4H kids club krewe is working to decorate pumpkins for the garden! 

 Above you'll see Miss Alexis teaching the littles about the life cycle of a butterfly! 
And, this. Well, this is a chicken. She's an Americauna and her eggs will be blue! 

This is one of a few trays our littlest gardeners seeded last week during club for our butterfly garden.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you in the garden! 
4600 Marais

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

4-H Kids Club Fall Session

Paul is so excited for kids club to start back up he can hardly contain himself!!! Can you see it in his face?!? We're excited too! First club meeting for the fall is September 24th, 10-11:15 @ 4600 Marais. Ages 3-12 are welcome. There will be chickens, games to play and garden lessons to learn. Hope to see you there. Just keep growing! 

Post Script: This is actually a picture of Paul from our summer session when he learned how much sugar is in fruit punch verses how much sugar we should have daily. Even still, he could hardly contain himself. In garden club we learn about creation care which includes making healthy choices for our body.

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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.