This week Cafe Nola celebrated Earth Day with a Zero Waste mentallity. We offered no carryout containers or paper to go cups. Instead we offered refillable travel mugs for only one dollar. No paper napkins or straws were used and, as always all glass was recycled. Aside from a few customers wanting only carry out the effort was a success. It proved manageable for future efforts. I feel like we can reduce our waste to very little without changing alot about what we already do.
Added by Doug Powell on April 25, 2010 at 12:12pm — No Comments
We've had a productive week or so on the Nola Farm. We put a roof on the chicken coop and we're preparing to cover the outside with a wooden siding. The roof is made of corrugated metal. It's pretty lightweight and inexpensive, reflects the sun well and sounds awesome in the rain. We were going to cover the entire coop in metal but we thought it would look too "Chipotle" and felt that it might be too ironic for a chicken refuge, besides... the wooden siding was less expensive and looks…Continue
Added by Doug Powell on April 24, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Added by Doug Powell on April 13, 2010 at 9:42pm — No Comments
I think that the most overwhelming part of starting a project like this is know where to begin. What do I do? Who do I contact? Do I need insurance or a tax ID? When and what do I begin planting? So many questions flood your mind that it can seem an unmanageable task... but it isn't and you are not alone. Plenty of people around the world are doing this and have been doing this for years and there are valuable resources everywhere... the trick is knowing where to look.
So... now three member's of our crew have experienced a violent reaction to something on the farm, which we have assumed to be poison ivy. Julien has got some pretty bad blisters on his forearms and Dave's case seems to be spreading to his torseau. The blisters on my hands have healed but now my left armpit is under attack. What we've learned through this painful process is that poison ivy can be present even if the vines and leaves are not. A write-up by…Continue
Added by Doug Powell on April 8, 2010 at 1:53pm — No Comments
The past two weeks on our farm have been devoted to infrastructure. We had to come up with a layout that is easy to maintain, good looking, and capable of producing a good amount of food. I definately didn't want to bite of more than I could chew so, heading the advice of my friend and mentor in small-scale organic gardening Loran, I created a layout that I didn't feel overwhelmed by and that I thought looked nice. As of today, our garden consists of two beds 5 ft X 35 ft, layed out on a…Continue
Added by Doug Powell on April 3, 2010 at 6:45pm — No Comments
So apparently I'm incredibly allergic to poison ivy or summac or oak. The truth is I never got a look at the vine that did me in. During my first real week of turning over soil in my garden beds my skin began to show signs of a reaction to something. I've reacted to poison ivy before so I didn't panic... although maybe I should have. After three days my entire body was covered in sores and boils. It's gross I know. How do you think I felt? Waking up with my right eye almost completely…Continue