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VEGGIE cooperative established to mitigate effects of BP oil spill on Vietnamese community in New Orleans

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VEGGI Farmer’s Cooperative is comprised of local farmers and fisherfolk dedicated to providing the highest quality local produce and seafood to the Greater New Orleans area and beyond.

VEGGI Farmers Cooperative was established following the effects of the BP oil spill on the Vietnamese community in New Orleans. With many community members losing their jobs because of the spill, VEGGI was developed to provide sustainable economic opportunities in urban agriculture. In late 2011, we trained 12 community members to utilize aquaponics and greenhouse technology through a curriculum developed in partnership with JOB1 and Delgado Community College. We then provided microgrants to these community members so that they can build these systems on their property, using them to grow fresh, quality produce.

Our produce is grown naturally without use of chemical pesticides, using both traditional inground farming as well as aquaponics. Greenhouses are used to enable year-round growing of various greens.

Our goal is to have all of our farmers to supplement their pre-BP oil spill income while providing the best quality, fresh, local produce to local markets and restaurants.

 

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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