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Spring and summer workshops in Press Street Gardens

Join us in Press Street Gardens this April, May, and June for a series of weekly workshops, supported by Chevron. Unless otherwise noted, workshops are free and take place in the Gardens at 7 Press Street!

4/8 – Using Tools and Building a Goat Pen
Help us build a new goat pen for our expanded family, and learn to use basic tools for building and gardening! 10 am- 2pm

4/22 – Cover Cropping with Peanuts and Natural Easter Egg Dyeing (plus, our “Spring Fling” social!)
These workshops will be part of our “Spring Fling” party, one of our seasonal community garden parties, and will include a peanut boil and peanut catching contest! Garden staff will whip up plant-based egg dyes–just bring white eggs to participate for FREE and learn about the techniques we use to make dye! We’ll also be planting peanuts and learning about the process of cover cropping. Admission is free to Spring Fling. Food, drinks and goodies are available for purchase. 3pm-7pm

5/3 – Double Digging
Learn how to amend your garden soil and create good soil structure without tilling. 4pm-5:30pm

5/6 – Getting Down with City Soil
In this workshop we will talk through the challenges of dealing with urban soils including pH imbalances, low organic matter and the elephant in the room: soil contamination. Learn the process of checking you soil for safety and what to do if you’re less that thrilled with the results. 10am-11:30am

5/14 – Mother’s Day Brunch
Local flowers for sale and bouquet making workshop, with food provided by Port City Pantry and coffee by Arrow Cafe, 11am-2pm.

5/20 – Growing Tropical Plants in the Sub-Tropics
We’ll go over starting and propagating tropical fruits in New Orleans and how to overwinter them in this sub-tropical climate. 10am-11:30am

5/27 – But what does organic MEAN?
We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of what it means for gardens to be organic and what it means for food to be organic. Participants will learn to mix organic chemicals and best practices for treating summer pests organically. 10am-11:30am

6/3 – City Chickens
This workshop is part of the Eat Local Challenge will cover the ups and downs of caring for and keeping chickens in the city. 10am-11:30am

6/10 – Starting Your Fall Seeds Right
Get the proper techniques down early so that you can sow your fall seeds seamlessly. Learn about seeding as well as transplanting and potting up. 10am-12pm

April 22: Press Street Gardens’ Spring Fling!

On April 22, join us for Spring Fling, another seasonal celebration of garden goodness. This time, the focus is peanuts–planting them and eating them! Chef Michael Doyle from Press Street Station will host a peanut boil, and there’ll also be cool beverages, garden tours, and a peanut-catching contest. You’ll get to meet our charming chickens and our new baby goats, too.

And that’s not all! We’re offering two free workshops in conjunction with Spring Fling. First, our staff will whip up plant-based egg dyes–just bring white eggs to participate and learn about the techniques we use to make dye. We’ll also be planting peanuts and learning about the process of cover cropping.

Admission is free to Spring Fling. Food, drinks and goodies are available for purchase. Press Street Gardens is located at 7 Press Street, at the corner of Dauphine.

March 7: Join Press Street Gardens for fun and fitness at the New Orleans Boulder Lounge

On Thursday, March 7, you can get a day pass to the New Orleans Boulder Lounge just by donating to Press Street Gardens. Visit the Lounge at 1746 Tchoupitoulas between noon and 10pm that day, make a charitable contribution to Press Street Gardens at the desk, and you’ll receive a climbing day pass that includes climbing shoes and an evening yoga class!

Press Street Gardens’ Plant Share

Love plants? Want to get a jump start on your spring garden? Sign up for Press Street Gardens’ Plant Share!

Our Plant Share works like many other community-supported agriculture programs. Instead of veggies or fruit though, we’ll supply you with plants! (Note: this season, shares will feature an array of flowering plants.)

The way it works is simple:

  1. Click here to sign up for the Plant Share by Tuesday, February 14.

  2. We’ll select a wide range of plants well-suited to Louisiana’s sometimes-challenging growing environment.

  3. Pick up your plants on Wednesday, February 15, between 3pm and 7pm.

  4. Plant them and enjoy them!

Press Street Gardens Satsuma Almond King Cake

It’s Carnival time, and in New Orleans, that means king cake!

NOCCA’s Culinary Arts department offers a fresh take on this seasonal, sugary treat. Students layer flaky puff pastry with rich almond paste and cream cheese, then add a bright, refreshing, citrus filling using satsumas supplied by Press Street Gardens.

Boxed with a small crown of gold metallic paper (a regal alternative to the usual plastic baby), these king cakes are perfect for serving at parties, for gifting, or for enjoying with family at home!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOURS TODAY

Saturday, December 10: Press Street Gardens’ Winter Informal

Press Street Gardens’ Winter Informal
Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 3pm to 7pm
Press Street Gardens, at the corner of Press and Dauphine Streets (map)
Free and open to the public

Join Press Street Gardens on Saturday, December 10 from 3pm to 7pm for a very special, very informal holiday festival! At the Winter Informal, you’ll be able to…

  • Purchase locally sourced holiday decor, including wreaths and mistletoe!
  • Shop for artwork, preserves, and other treats that are perfect for holiday gift-giving, including:
    • Ceramics by Osa, Karin Burt, and Piru Pottery
    • Glasswork by Ben Dombey
    • Greeting cards from Small Fires Press
    • Prints by NOCCA alumni and students
    • Books like Qomix Cubes by Caesar Meadows and Maddie Stratton’s insanely popular Art History Coloring Book
    • NOCCA’s literary magazine, Umbra, plus broadsides of award-winning student work
    • A table full of sweet treats made by Culinary Arts students
  • Enjoy drinks and great food from Press Street Station!
  • Challenge friends, neighbors, and strangers to lawn games!
  • And of course, meet our goats and chickens!

Admission to the Winter Informal is free, and the event is open to the public.

Press Street Gardens is an urban farm and outdoor learning laboratory funded by The NOCCA Institute, the nonprofit partner of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Proceeds support a broad range of programs for NOCCA students, faculty, and the community.

Sunday, October 16: Fall Fest

Press Street Gardens’ first Fall Fest
Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 3pm to 7pm
Press Street Gardens, at the corner of Press and Dauphine Streets (map)
Free and open to the public

Join Press Street Gardens on Sunday, October 16 as we celebrate the arrival of autumn. From 3pm to 7pm, we’ll be in the Gardens, where you can…

  • Purchase Louisiana-grown fall produce, including sugar cane, pumpkins, pecans, sweet potatoes, satsumas, persimmons, rice, and more!
  • Shop for fall and winter garden plants like peppers, herbs, greens, and winter squash!
  • Enjoy beer and great food from Press Street Station!
  • Challenge friends, neighbors, and complete strangers to lawn games!
  • Listen to music from Cory & Their Banjo!
  • Purchase raffle tickets–and if your luck holds out, win great prizes!
  • And of course, meet our goats and chickens!

Admission to Fall Fest is free, and the event is open to the public.

Press Street Gardens is an urban farm and outdoor learning laboratory funded by The NOCCA Institute, the nonprofit partner of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Proceeds support a broad range of programs for NOCCA students, faculty, and the community.

August 20: Press Street Gardens’ first-ever Dirt Gala

On Saturday, August 20, from 7pm to 10pm, Press Street Gardens invites you to its first-ever Dirt Gala! This fun, casual, outdoor event will raise funds to support the Gardens’ programs for students and faculty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, as well as the general public. Admission to the Dirt Gala is free.

Dirt Gala guests can…

  • Check out the lush Gardens, including our new goats and chickens;
  • Purchase great food and drinks from Press Street Station, plus cool treats from Lick Our Pops;
  • Challenge friends and neighbors to old-school lawn games; and,
  • Listen to great jazz and funk tracks spun by DJ Ruby.

Dress code is summer chic. (That includes anything you might wear to Filthy Linen night, a couple of blocks away on St. Claude Avenue.) Kiddie pools will be available for children, adults, and pets, so water-friendly attire is totally encouraged!

Press Street Gardens is located at 7 Press Street, at the corner of Dauphine, where the historic Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods meet. (Click here for a map.)

Sunday, May 8: Mother’s Day bouquet-making brunch

Shower your mom with love and flowers in Press Street Gardens! Join New Orleans flower growers on Sunday, May 8 from 11am to 2pm for brunchy cocktails and pastries. Pick out some blooms, and we’ll help you put them together in a bouquet any mom would love. This event is market style — you only pay for the flowers you pick! Brunch by the mouthwatering Port City Pantry.

Fresh veggies and flowers from Press Street Gardens

Press Street Gardens is overflowing with herbs, vegetables, and flowers! This summer we’re relaunching our Community-Supported Agriculture program for serious “eat local” and “decorate local” fans. For one price, you can get a full month of produce, hand-picked flowers, or both, with boxes and bouquets available for weekly pickup.

VEGETABLES
Each week we’ll provide 6-8 different vegetables and herbs grown at Press Street Gardens—a week’s worth of produce for a small household. Shares change each week as items come in and out of season. We aim to provide a well-rounded share: salad greens, cooking greens, root vegetables, fruiting vegetables, and herbs will be in every share. Occasionally, we’ll also offer dry goods and value-added products made from garden vegetables by NOCCA’s Culinary Arts program.

FLOWERS
We’ll put together a  mid-sized arrangement for you each week made exclusively with locally-grown stems.

PICKUP
You can pick up your Vegetable & Flower CSA at the following times and locations:

  • Thursday at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market from 3pm-7pm
  • Friday at Press Street Station from 8am-4pm

PURCHASING OPTIONS

  • One month of flowers: $72
  • One month of veggies: $110
  • One month of flowers and veggies: $175

Click here to order!

 

Proceeds support NOCCA Institute programming for students, faculty, and the community.

Questions? Please email Marguerite at mgreen@pressstreetgardens.com.

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