Election time is here! Come to the market, Tuesday August 18th and Saturday August 22 to submit your ballot, or vote online, starting Monday August 17th, for the Crescent Fund. Decide which projects receive your market investment!
Learn about the projects that have applied. Be an informed voter and read the full applications here, or review the summaries of the proposed projects below.
1. Mulch Laying Machine, Joycelyn and Anthony Accardo - Paulina, LA
• Funds will contribute to the purchase of a mulch laying machine which increases production, lessens waste and chemical usage, and opens different times of the year to planting and harvesting.
• Funds will be returned to the market by providing cantaloupes & watermelons for tasting. If the harvest goes well, people will be invited to come and pick their own free pumpkins around Halloween.
2. Commercial Oven, Lisa Barbato - New Orleans, LA
• Funds will go towards the purchase of a commercial oven to increase product quantity and selection at market and to expand the business outside of the market to coffee shops and small restaurants.
• Funds will be returned to the market by donating cakes, boxed lunches, and other baked goods for market events or tastings.
3. Down South Rural Community Garden Project - Lincoln County Community Center, Bogue Chitto, MS
• Funds will support the cost of seeds and other necessary supplies to start the community garden at the community center which focuses on enhancing the quality of life for youth and seniors citizens through sustainable practices within the rural community.
• Funds will be returned to the market as donations of fresh produce that is produced by the garden for events.
4. Desire Market at the Pearl, The Pearl of New Orleans LLC - New Orleans, LA
• Funds will support the effort to clean up and clear out a space in the Bywater neighborhood to create a covered market for local vendors.
• Funds will be returned to the market through time by volunteering at market as needed.
5. Sowing Seeds of Knowledge, Good Shepard School - New Orleans, LA
• Funds will be used to create a school garden to educate low-income children about food, gardens and healthy eating choices.
• Funds will be returned to the market by having students volunteer one Saturday per month, as well as donating the fruits of their labor to share at the market.
6. Carver Gardens, GW Carver Culinary - New Orleans, LA
• Funds will to buy products needed for student expertise projects to learn the fundamentals of food, from starting and maintaining a garden, to preparation, nutrition, and policy
• Funds will be returned to the market by students sharing their expertise with the public at market and/or at other classes and schools.
7. Small Axe Farms Youth Gardening Initiative, Project Rising Sun - New Orleans, LA
• Funds will pay the costs of revitalizing a garden space: payment (at $15/hr.) of the initial labor costs of the homeless adolescents and the purchase of necessary implements to perform the required improvements.
• Funds will be returned to the market through time by volunteering at Market events, and – once the farm is productive – donations of a portion of its produce for market-based cooking demonstrations.
8. Good Seed, Good Deed, Natchez Farmers Market -Natchez, MS
• Funds will purchase seeds for local farmers who are encouraged to practice organic methods and support the rural community around Natchez.
• Funds will be returned to the market when local farmers donate 25% of harvest back to the market and the youth of the Alcorn State University Extension Program bring the goods for a market event.
9. Transportation for independence, God’s Vineyard - New Orleans, LA
• Funds will be used to assist in the acquisition of a van, which will be used to purchase food for animals, gardening supplies, as well as transport bottling equipment for our St. Thomas 7 Pepper Hot Sauce, among other things.
• Funds will be returned to the market by providing Red Beans & Rice samplings, spiked with our 7 Pepper Hot Sauce, and two visits to schools where we’d share the story of God’s Vineyard.
Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.