Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Franz Building Update November 2009

Phyllis Cassidy, Executive Director of Good Work Network in New Orleans, announced at this year's 2009 Chase Community Development Competition that about 2/3 of the funding required to make the Franz Building renovation happen, has been raised to date!

btw...Wash. U./MIT placed second in this year's competition!

Friday, October 16, 2009

God's Vineyard update October 2009

Fully functioning garden and first post-Katrina hot pepper sauce bottled!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In Remembrance: Noel Jones

Our dear friend (and best client ever) Noel Jones passed on to a better place on Saturday, March 21, 2009.

All of us in NOLA RECIPE Studio remember how important he was, and will continue to be, as we move forward in our socially-conscious careers.

Structures for Inclusion Conference (SFI9)

Kathleen Johnson and Derek Hoeferlin present chicken coop at this year's SFI, hosted by Design Corps.

Friday, February 20, 2009

God's Vineyard Update February 2009

Derek Hoeferlin's Spring 2009 Wash. U. architecture and urban design studio of 10 students and Jane Wolff's and Elise Shelley's University of Toronto landscape architecture studio of 26 students visit God's Vineyard on February 7, 2009.

God's Vineyard co-directors Earl Antwine and Noel Jones present the mission of the garden and update the studios on the current state of the coops and garden. The chicken coop is appropriately dirty, fully functioning, fully resilient, and at full capacity. It is outputting dozens upon dozens of beautiful brown and green eggs for the community. The African Geese are happy in their separate goose coop too, despite damage the goose coop received from a wind-driven projectile.

At present, the garden has a new gang of volunteers, including John Kleinschmidt - former Hoeferlin student/RECIPE member and now New Orleans transplant/intern architect at Waggonner & Ball Architects. The garden is being tilled and seeded at time of this posting.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Coop Update January 5, 2009

Coop is holding up well, almost exactly 8 months after its assembly on site. Hardware is tight, all materials weathering properly, structurally sounds as ever, adjustable ventilation system of louvers and lapped roof segments working perfectly.

Chickens pecking around the now-empty hot pepper plot, helping to turn the soil over. The plot is ready for tilling in preparation for the next planting. (Pretty flat right now after record-breaking rainfall on Jan. 3) No foreign fertilizer will be necessary for the upcoming planting season - it will all come from the free-range chickens, ducks, geese, and turkey.

Louvers closed for the winter.

Well-used nesting boxes.