Saturday, August 1: Free Workshop With Marguerite Green On Jump-Starting Your Fall Garden

This Saturday, August 1, join us for a free workshop with Press Street Gardens manager Marguerite Green. From 9am to 10am, she’ll share tips and suggestions about getting your garden ready for fall. She and the rest of the Press Street Gardens team will also demonstrate the proper way to harvest basil, and they’ll give away cut basil to those in attendance.

Also happening this Saturday in Press Street Gardens:

  • “Boxcar Brunch”, with food from The Boxcar food truck served in the courtyard from 8am to 1pm
  • Pickups of CSA boxes and bouquets for subscribers
  • Sale of additional boxes and bouquets — first-come, first-served

Press Street Gardens is a project of The NOCCA Institute and is located at 7 Press Street, at the corner of Press and Dauphine. Proceeds benefit programs for NOCCA students, faculty, and the community.

Our CSA Program Offers Weekly Boxes Of Herbs, Veggies, And Flowers

Press Street Gardens is in the middle of growing season, and our rows are overflowing with herbs, vegetables, and flowers. Beginning August 1, serious “eat local” (and “decorate local”) fans can take home some of those goodies by participating in our Community-Supported Agriculture program.

For one set price, subscribers will get four months of produce or three months of hand-picked flowers, with boxes and bouquets available for pickup every week.


Like all NOCCA Institute initiatives, proceeds from Press Street Gardens support programs for NOCCA students, faculty, and the community.

Resources For Gardeners

No matter whether you attended our recent “Grow the Block” workshop series, or whether you had prior commitments, here are a few great resources for gardeners. Enjoy!

Workshop One: Weedeaters

1. Foraged Food Recipes (PDF)
For those of you interested in wild edible foraging, we have compiled a nifty little recipe book. Learn how to turn those pesky weeds into a delicious snack!

2. Louisiana Plant ID (PDF)
This basic guide provides an introduction to the various plant species that abound throughout New Orleans. Edible plants are illustrated, and unique facts are shared. Please note, this is not intended to be a comprehensive guide: for more information, check with the LSU Agricultural Extension.

3. Foraging Guidelines (PDF)
Be mindful of your surroundings. Our foraging guidelines are intended to provide an introduction to proper foraging behavior and safety considerations.

Workshop Two: Reclaim the Land

1. Controlling the Spread of Invasive Species (PDF)
Got a problem with weeds? Don’t we all? Learn about the issues of invasive species in New Orleans, and how you can make a difference.

2. Integrated Weed Management at Home (PDF)
Get rid of those weeds once and for all. Our guide to weed management provides one with a basic understanding of techniques and applications.

3. How to Make a Weed Tea Fertilizer (PDF)
Put those weeds to work! Learn about the benefits of developing a fertilizer, made from discarded weeds. All you need is water, weeds, time and some good old fashioned elbow grease.

Workshop 3
Want to start a garden, community garden or your own green space? This resource, developed by the Food and Farm Network and the 596 Network, provides you with a detailed map of vacant land and opportunities for green space and gardening in the city of New Orleans.

Press Street Gardens Workshop: Grow the Block

Saturday, November 1, 8, and 15
Locations: various
Cost: free
Registration form at the bottom of this page

The Grow the Block workshop series will educate and empower  participants through direct service learning and innovative curriculum. Hosted by The NOCCA Institute and Press Street Gardens, the series will be held at the Laussat Street Garden, which currently provides the NOCCA Culinary Arts program with an abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs. Grow the Block participants will learn about topics such as wild foraging, weed control in a garden setting, urban blight, invasive species in New Orleans, and resources for accessing land for gardening in New Orleans. The art of gardening will merge with the power of education, providing participants with the knowledge needed to Grow the Block.

Workshop One: Weedeaters

“A weed is a plant whose virtues are not yet discovered”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to the array of invasive and native plant species, typically classified as weeds, which abound in both a garden and an urban setting. Participants will learn how to identify and safely consume certain naturally growing vegetation in the garden and throughout the city of New Orleans. Simultaneously, they will learn about the medicinal, culinary, and fertilization benefits of such vegetation through direct volunteer work in the Laussat Street Garden.

Wild edible foraging safety guidelines and foraging best practices will be a key component of the workshop. This workshop will provide participants with hands-on training in proper garden maintenance while also generating awareness of potential culinary and medicinal uses of the vegetation that surrounds them on a daily basis.

Workshop Two: Reclaim the Land

This workshop will provide insight into the vegetative invaders that contribute to and overrun blighted properties and land. Participants will learn about the characteristics of native and invasive weed species in New Orleans.

Invasive and native plant species are directly linked to issues of blight in New Orleans. Blight can be categorized as part of a process whereby a previously functioning city (or portion of a city) falls into disrepair and disuse. In New Orleans, the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina has led to a great deal of blight in the form of abandoned homes and businesses and vacant lots. In the neighborhood in which the Laussat Street Garden is located, this is visible.

Through participation in the Reclaim the Land Workshop and direct service in the the Laussat Street Garden, participants will learn about the impact that community gardening and responsible land stewardship can have on blight reduction and the beautification of the built environment. Service activities will include garden maintenance and beautification, creation of wooden signage and plant indicators, and the painting of fencing structures for the Laussat Street Garden.

Workshop Three: Parcels and Pathways

The purpose of this workshop is to equip participants with an awareness of the various “green” uses of currently vacant land and of pathways to acquisition of vacant sites.

The Parcels and Pathways workshop will broaden the spectrum of land maintenance options for people interested in initiating community greening projects, and will elucidate for participants the various methods of land acquisition available to them. The Laussat Street Garden will be presented as one model in a milieu of models (both in terms of what is done with the site and how it was acquired)

The Parcels and Pathways workshop will involve a tour of several community green sites that fulfill a diverse array of functions (pocket parks, community orchards, herb and flower gardens), perhaps performing a brief service component at each site or as needed. In addition, participants will learn from garden managers and plot owners about the ways in which such land were acquired, as well as issues of site upkeep and development. Participants will be encouraged to bike or carpool from site to site.