The Hollygrove Market & Farm, an urban microfarm and nonprofit storefront-in-progress, hosts an event Tuesday, July 28, to benefit its Olive Street farm just steps from Carrollton Avenue. Funds will go toward walk-in coolers, a greenhouse and other renovations and supplies.
Hollygrove's crew has moved into its upstairs office space, and the grounds are producing a variety of fruits and vegetables, with compost bins and an active chicken coop rounding out the farm environment. Organizers anticipate opening full time later this year, but the farm remains busy with its buyers club market. Since laying its foundation in late 2008, the farm has hosted a weekly market where members can fill a box with recipes and locally grown, seasonal produce from backyard growers and urban and rural farmers.
The farm, a collaborative effort with Carrollton-Hollygrove Community Development Organization, New Orleans Food & Farm Network, Tulane City Center and others, also fosters sustainable and environmentally sound farming in its urban setting with a hands-on, outdoor classroom and workshops.
Dubbed "An Evening at the Farm," the fundraiser features guest chefs Donald Link, Susan Spicer, Ian Schnoebelen, Nathaniel Zimmet and others, as well as a silent auction, live music, a tour, and farm-friendly brews and cocktails. Tickets are $35. Visit www.hollygrovemarket.org for details.
Florida-based recycling and waste removal company The Poobah Group offers biweekly curbside recycling services to Marigny and Bywater residences. A month's subscription costs $10, with a three-month option for $27 and a six-month option for $52. Proceeds from 5 percent of sales will benefit local charities and nonprofits to be determined by participating residents. The organization with the most votes will receive Poobah's donations from January 2010 through December 2010. Poobah accepts plastic containers Nos. 1 through 7; aluminum and tin cans; newspaper, office paper and junk mail; and broken-down corrugated cardboard. Call 324-1741 or visit www.poobahgroup.com for more information.
Beat the Heat
A broken air-conditioning unit is a New Orleans homeowner's worst nightmare come summertime. To help combat the fear and costliness of fixing or replacing an A/C unit, Andre Olagues from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and University of New Orleans' Rebuilding Information Station offers an evening workshop covering cooling (and heating) alternatives for your home. Topics include deciphering energy-efficiency ratings for appliances and how to find the best system for your home. The "Taming the Dragon of Air Conditioning and Heating Cost" workshop begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the BuildSmart Learning Center in the Art Egg Building (1001 S. Broad St.) Visit www.all4energy.org for details.
The Railroad Research Foundation received more than $2.9 million to improve rail operations in the Baton Rouge area. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, the funds will be used to reduce the state's railroad diesel emissions by using the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new standard "ultra-low sulfur" diesel (USLD). Though not entirely clean, USLD emissions contain sulfur contents of 15 parts per million — much less than standard diesel's 500 ppm sulfur count. USLD also offers greater fuel economy and emits fewer nitrogen oxides and other harmful toxins. The EPA's Region Six (which includes Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico) applied for more than $180 million in grants for "clean" diesel projects and received about $10 million.