Archive for February, 2013

The NOCCA Institute, the non-profit partner organization with NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) is hiring a project manager to lead the design, implementation, and operation of the Root Studio, a half-acre urban garden/outdoor lab that will serve NOCCA’s culinary arts and academic programs, as well as Institute programs and the surrounding community. The Root Studio Manager will play a key role in the design and implementation of the gardens, working in collaboration with The NOCCA Institute staff, NOCCA faculty and administration, the food truck chef, and the community. The Manager will be required to manage the gardens, meet revenue and food production goals, contribute to curriculum development, oversee space rentals, implement and manage a volunteer system, and design and implement community outreach programs and partnerships.

Candidates must have experience in food-production gardening, budget management and revenue generation, community development, and education.  Preferred candidates will have prior K-12 teaching experience and hold a Master Gardener certificate. The position will begin on or about April 1, 2013.  This is a full-time position on the staff of The NOCCA Institute. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.

Please submit letter of introduction, resume and two references by March 5, 2013 to: The NOCCA Institute, 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA., 70117 ATTN: Root Studio Manager or jobs@noccainstitute.com .


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The LSU AgCenter will host a series of workshops this year that will cover a variety of vegetable gardening topics.

The workshops designed specifically to help parents and teachers learn the basic principles of gardening, will provide information that can be applied in the home or school vegetable garden. The workshop dates and topics include:

– April 11 – Starting and growing your own vegetable transplants.

– June 13 – What is a weed, what is a plant?

– August 8 – Insect identification.

– October 10 – Is it ready to harvest/eat?

– November 14 – Preparing your fresh vegetables.

All workshops will be held at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, located at 4560 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge from 6 p.m. until 7 pm. There is no charge for admission, but registration is required by contacting Dr. Kiki Fontenot at  kkfontenot@agcenter.lsu.edu or at 225-578-2417.

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Award-winning designer, gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith is coming to Shreveport/Bossier City to speak about the latest trends in gardening and relate these trends to his latest design project with Dittle’s Fairfield Community Garden.  This event featuring P. Allen Smith will be held Saturday, March 9th  from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum located at 3015 Greenwood Rd. Shreveport, LA.

A $20 admission Fee includes: Nibbles from Allen’s cookbook prepared by Good Eats; Live Bluegrass Entertainment by Hershel Barnes & The Millcreek Band: Poultry Demonstration:  P. Allen Smith book signing: and Raffle with Jack Dilliard. Dr. Grace Peterson of the LSU AgCenter will also present a program titled “Healthy Food for All”.

For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.dittlesgarden.com or call 318-426-6276 (Lesa Warren)

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