Saturday, January 14, 2017

The garden is our teacher

The garden teaches us patience, endurance, trust, and that we are rarely in control. We started 2017 with a hard freeze here in New Orleans. Many of our plants were damaged, some were sent to the compost bin (which the chickens quite enjoyed) , others were just pruned of their frost bitten leaves. The art of growing your own food is full of grace. We have learned that there's always another chance to plant something new or to simply start over.

It is Your hand to make great and give strength to all.

A story:

A crow, half-dead with thirst, came upon a Pitcher which had once been full of water; but when the crow put its beak into the mouth of the Pitcher he found that only very little was left in it, and that he could not reach far enough down to get at it. He tried, and he tried, but at last had to give up in despair. Then a thought came to him, and he took a pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped it in the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher. At last, at last, he saw the water mount up near him, and after casting in a few more pebbles he was able to quench his thirst and save his life.

Little by little does the trick.

Aesop's Fable - The Crow and the Pitcher

Little by little certainly does do the trick and we are looking forward to what 2017 holds!
Thanks for reading, we'll be seeing you on Marais!





Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Growth

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.

contact us at gardenonmarais@elanministries.org for more details

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

Chicks!

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!