New Orleans, La. – Excitable chickens greet visitors to a coop tucked away behind a Kenner landscaping nursery not far from the river. This is only their temporary home, however. Soon, this boisterous flock will relocate to a new farm now under development by the Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana where they'll produce a lot more than eggs.
New Orleans, La. – The Nature Conservancy had just about finished setting up an artificial oyster reef in Vermilion Bay when vessels it needed were diverted to contain the BP spill. The group had carefully selected the location, as conservation program director Richard Martin explains.
New Orleans, La. – Democratic Senator Landrieu held a news conference on Capitol Hill with Republican colleagues who supported the bill. Nine of the ten senators from Gulf states affected by the spill are co-signers. Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas has not joined in the effort. But Landrieu says a healthy Gulf of Mexico is essential to the nation, which gets 30 percent of its commercial fish supply from the region.
New Orleans, La. – Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu and Alabama Republican Senator Richard Shelby have introduced legislation designed to keep 80 percent of BP fines for Clean Water Act violations in the Gulf region. Without that designation the funds would be sent to the federal treasury. Landrieu says restoring the Gulf is a national issue.
Every winter, as the banana trees in our backyards turn the color of grocery bags and as we start seeing our own breath in our oh-so-well-ventilated shotgun homes, it's easy to doubt that old saw about New Orleans being the northernmost port of the Caribbean. But that was then, and this is summer.
New Orleans, LA – A small group of Do-It-Yourself musicians, producers, photographers, and essayists have worked together to create a multimedia compilation called Head Above Water. Released by a local independent record label, Community Records, the compilation doubles as a fundraiser for the Gulf Restoration Network.
New Orleans, La. – New Orleans Down the Hatch: A Cabaret in Two Cocktails teaches the city's history to those old enough to imbibe! The cast includes culinary historian and actress Elizabeth Pearce, veteran actor Bob Edes and pianist Jim Walpole. Performances run July 22-23 at K-Joe's, 720 St. Louis Street, 2nd floor.