Happy New Year from Farmer Joe
2014 has been a great year. So thankful for all the good help.
Lots of projects took the lead this year at the Emile Street Community Farm. Vermaculture. Hens. Composting Operation with Wilson family. Lynn's Black Soldier Fly Chicken feeder.
A presentation area for food demonstrations and entertainment was completed thanks to the wonderful folk at Lowe's. Completed just a few days before our lovely farm fundraising dinner was held in October.
Recently, John Kohler of the Growing Your Greens youTube channel stopped by and shot an episode at the farm. Watch for it at https://www.youtube.com/user/growingyourgreens
The farming effort has moved past farming food to farming resources. This year the farm crew has worked with a steady stream of available material to develop a low cost solution to reintroducing Farming back to neighborhoods with food insecurity issues. The hope is that farmers working with LOO can move into neighborhoods with a strategy to develop resources to address food needs. Effective techniques that are easy to maintain and inexpensive to produce.
LOO staff and volunteers have tended the needs of the farm. Weeded. Watered. Planted. Built beds. Entertained. Cooked. Endured the heat, cold. wet. dry. All and any. Farm Houston is working.
Special thanks to Farmer Gerald for his hard work and wonderful friendship. Also to Ken Crimmins for the use of the land to work a progressive approach to the stewardship of the land through farming resources.
Thanks to Peter Brown and the Brown family. Azuma. Houston Police department Union. Pierce family. Donations from all the folks via Gofundme & Paypal.
Thanks to Prairie View extension for their partnership. Looking forward to many projects in 2015 addressing food insecurity in limited resource communities.
The hope in 2015 is that we can build a fleet of additional equipment to stage additional resources in areas of the city that welcome farming efforts. Look forward to working with Churches, Communities leaders. City officials in creating beautiful agricultural parks that address food needs. Build a work force of farmers. Create access to a quality food resource in their neighborhood. Education.
Looking forward to the day that 10,000 folk step up in support of LOO farming efforts and donate $1 a month. Then in short time see a work force of 10,000 farmer in the greater Houston area going to work to address food insecurities in neighborhoods that could use support.
Farm is open 7days a week unless rain or very cold weather. Come see for yourself what a small community of farmer's have created through art. Food and farming. More is a state to plenty. A journey through the fertile worlds. Food everywhere!
Farmer Joe Icet
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Cold Moon Rising!
Music & Entertainmnent by Enloom, The Halevai Klezmer Band, Cactus Cats, Charity Ann, Kris Smith[Poetry], Markell Gibson, Joanna Smith and the Divas, Juan Moncayo, Jason Cioili
Texas Fresh: Beyond Organic - Dinner on the Farm with Chef Jeremy Goodwin of Single Man's Kitchen
October 18, 4pm until sunset at the Emile Street Community Farm
Come savor a meal in season with foodie friends and farmers. You'll be glad you made the trip just a few minutes east of downtown to experience dining family style in the urban oasis of Emile Street Discovery Farm at 711 Emile St.
Proceeds in support of the good things coming from Last Organic Outpostand Central City Co-Op.
Limited seating. Order tickets now before sell out:
Tickets are $75 for a Farm to Fork Five Course Menu -
The dinner will showcase local produce, Organic lamb from I O Ranch and artisan cheeses made in Texas. Each course will have a brief introduction by the chef, explaining the ingredients, sources and why they were chosen After dinner, coffee time or fireside chat will allow for addtional sharing of knowledge on our food sources, food heritage and nutrition.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Buffalo Bayou Brewery, Grizzaffi Coffee Catering, M&M Photography, The Cleverle Show, Paul’s Kitchen
Need something to do Labor Day weekend?
Spend it at the Farm!
Great Music, Food and FUN!! Come support your local farm by supporting our Fall Membership Drive. Food security is an issue for so many communities in our city. Last Organic Outpost is making a difference and you can help. With your support, the Last Organic Outpost can continue to provide food security to the Greater Fifth Ward and promote sustainability in Houston.