April 27: Free workshop for food-biz start-ups, co-hosted with the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator

NOTE: Due to overwhelming demand, we’ve moved the location of this event one block away. It’ll now be held in Press Street Station, located at 5 Press Street, at the corner of Royal. Click here for a map: https://goo.gl/maps/qkaZRpwzhnT2


Free workshop for gardens, manufacturers, and other food-biz start-ups!

* Friday, April 27th, 2018, 12pm-2pm
* Press Street Station, 5 Press Street, New Orleans, LA

Join Press Street Gardens and the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator for a free workshop on launching your own food business. Representatives from the Food Incubator will give a step-by-step presentation on food-based start-ups. You’ll also get to see some of the great products made at the Food Incubator and learn how you can do it, too! If you’re looking for a base of operations, you’ll also learn about renting a DHH-approved facility for your new food business.

March 24: Spring plant sale with heirlooms and rare varieties!

On Saturday, March 24 from 10am to 1pm, Press Street Gardens will host a spring plant sale! Join us at the corner of Dauphine and Press Streets, where you’ll find heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil, squash, watermelon, and more.

Mark your calendars and make plans to join us where the Marigny and Bywater meet!

December 16: Our second-annual Winter Informal!

Join us for our second annual Winter Informal!

WHO: Press Street Gardens, in partnership with fellow NOCCA Institute outlets Press Street Station and 5 Press Gallery and featuring performances by NOCCA students, culinary gifts from NOCCA Culinary Arts students, and a special presentation from Maypop Community Herb Shop.

WHAT: Winter Informal, a casual holiday garden party featuring shopping from local artists featured in the 5 Press Gallery “Wishlist” show and NOCCA Holiday Marketplace treats from NOCCA’s Culinary Arts students; drinks and food from Chef Michael Doyle and Press Street Station; Fire Cider from Maypop Community Herb Shop; wreaths and paperwhites from Cow Apple Horticulture; lawn games, meet and greets with Press Street Gardens’ famous goats, and much more!

WHERE: Press Street Gardens, 7 Press Street (between Dauphine and Burgundy), New Orleans, LA 70117

WHEN: Saturday, December 16 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

WHY: Press Street Gardens is an urban farm and outdoor learning lab funded by The NOCCA Institute, the nonprofit partner of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. We offer an exciting urban green space for workshops, meetings, and other activities. Through these events, we hope to educate participants about topics ranging from proper gardening techniques, nutrition, and personal well-being to wetlands restoration and environmental stewardship.

Like 5 Press Gallery, Press Street Station, and other NOCCA Institute projects, proceeds from Press Street Gardens support programs for NOCCA students, faculty, and the community.

HOW: Just show up! Admission is free, and food and beverage are for sale.

Fire cider brewing class

Hosted by Maypop Community Herb Shop and Press Street Gardens

Fire cider is an age-old remedy for winter health. Using vinegar as a base, we add ingredients that are warming, antibacterial, and yellow, orange, or red, to remind us of the sun, the core of the earth, and warm days to come. People have long consumed fire cider to ward off colds, sore throats, flus, and to promote circulation.

This is a two-part class:

Part #1: Brewing (November 18, 2pm-4pm)
In this class, we’ll harvest herbs from Press Street Gardens and discuss their various uses as we prepare them for brewing. You’re encouraged to bring fresh herbs or spices from your own garden such as rosemary, thyme, turmeric, ginger, onion, horseradish, and citrus. We’ll add these to the ingredients from Press Street Gardens when we brew the cider.

Part #2: Harvesting (December 16, 1pm-2pm)
During this class, we’ll squeeze the brew and talk about its many applications.

The suggested donation for both classes is $10-15, sliding scale. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Bring cash to the brewing class, and at the pressing class, you’ll receive 8 oz. of fire cider. (Please bring your own jar!) If you wish to purchase additional fire cider, we’ll sell it at $1/oz.

Press Street Gardens is looking for a Program Manager!

Please note: this position has been filled. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, though–when jobs become available, we often post them there first.

Want to work for Press Street Gardens? We’re looking for a Program Manager to oversee workshops and other offerings.

Press Street Gardens is a half-acre food-production and teaching garden that’s run by The NOCCA Institute and serves NOCCA students, faculty, and the general public. Garden features include a vegetable and herb garden, a greenhouse and preparation area, a garden of native Louisiana plants, and a small number of goats and chickens. There’s also a large courtyard and a greenspace, both of which function as outdoor classrooms and social spaces. Adjacent lots contain a fruit orchard and beds where NOCCA students conduct agricultural experiments using material from their science and humanities classes.

Working in collaboration with Institute staff, the Program Manager will develop and implement workshops, master classes, and other programs for NOCCA students, faculty, and the general public. The schedule of activities should include an average of two events per month. These offerings should cover a range of topics including but not limited to gardening, cooking, nutrition, food justice, and the arts. The Program Manager is encouraged to build partnerships with schools and other organizations throughout the region to create unique programs that benefit both Press Street Gardens and partner groups. The Program Manager will not be responsible for day-to-day management of Press Street Gardens, which is overseen by existing staff.

Candidates should have experience in gardening, budget management and revenue generation, community development, and education. Preferred candidates will have prior teaching experience; a degree or training in nutrition, horticulture, and/or environmental sciences; and a master gardener certificate.

This is currently designed as a year-round, part-time, contracted position with The NOCCA Institute. Fee is commensurate with experience.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references by September 1, 2017 to jobs@noccainstitute.com with the subject line “Press Street Gardens Program Manager”.

The NOCCA Institute is an equal-opportunity employer. The NOCCA Institute hires, trains, and promotes qualified employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected status.

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!