A day of new beginnings has arrived. Casting a new direction on what lies ahead. The Emile Street Community Educational Farm is now a legacy of a past. Plans are underway to recover the community valuable assets and continue building resources for communities with the greatest needs.
The accomplishmens have been many. Partnering with Lowe’s and CoreNet to pioneer a one of the most inventive projects in the country working urban agriculture.
The farm demostrated how a community could built it’s resources to address needs. Chickens. Vermaculture. Aquaponics. Beekeeping. Water catchment and a wide variety of seasonal crops. A wheel of Sustainability.
The past 9 months the farm has had the pleasure to work with the New Americans. Many of which live in FifthWard at Kelly Courts. Some of the best small acreage farmers in the world. Mentors for a neighborhood food security plan for Houston’s communities. Last Organic Outpost is committed to working with these communities as they understand the land as a valuable resource and have the skillset to work it.
The innovation that has happen over the last several years at the farm has created a opportunity to Farm Houston. Several years back a community of Farmers collaborated the use of Fungally Dominated Composting. The Food Everywhere Coalition set the stage for Farm Dirt to move in on the north end of Emile and begin their composting operations. Diverting food waste from landfills and tree waste from CenterPoint tree services.
A documentary called “Back to Eden” open the door to possibilities. In this partnership soil levels rose 31/2 feet or more. Over the last year roadways were covered with tree mulch and became composting areas. The chicken coop became a composting area that mixed with earthworm casting and sifted soil produced a premium soil component.
The aquaponics project with Ryan Niles lead recoverd fish waste through the use of claifiers to be used in producing compost teas.
Over the years the farm was a source of food for Fifthward residents. Folks could come by and source there needs. Picking winter greens are hot weather crops like orka.
The use of Fungally Dominated Compost reduced water cost by as much as 80%. The composting method acted as a sponge absorbing and holding rain water.
The farm explored a nutrient rich food source for communities. Growing seasonal crops. Introducing a variety of fruit trees and a protein sources from talipia and hens producing eggs.
The farm and it’s many parnerships created a incubator for social entrepreneurship. Education in community self-reliance. Skillsets that reintroduced farming to address food insecurities. It is only just beginning.
Houston has near prefect weather for growing. A experienced community of farmers and land everywhere. With the support of the City of Houston. Businesses. Residents. Houston can turn the page on food insecurities. A scalable model has been engineered that could be perfected by the experience.
Its been a learning moment. Ideas are best demostrated when they have a space to land. Loo has been a project based organization with a all volunteer staff. With the limited amount of funding Loo had a ear for collaborations to address farm needs.
The City of Houston has a community garden project with Parks and Recreation and the Health Department Chronic Disease Division. With a eye on further development a Soil Farm can create the opportunity to resource expansion. Imagine micro composting operations diverting waste to create a premium soil. Danny Wilson tagged the idea. Rebecca with Parks and Recreation tagged the name soil Farms.
Support Last Organic Outpost Nonprofit in a effort to build a neighborhood food security plan. Create a soil bank through parnerships to resource school gardens and the City of Houston Community Gardens projects. The future is filled with a potential to experience a land of opportunity in stewardship.
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