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#OchsnerServes builds a compost system at Baton Roots

On Monday, May 13th, Ochsner Health team members toured the Baton Roots Community Farm at BREC's Howell Park and assisted the farm team in building a Johnson-Su Composting Bioreactor.

On the tour, Ochsner staff learned about how Baton Roots sustainably grows seasonal crops in areas with low food access in order to directly address food insecurity. They also learned about our ongoing educational efforts through community events, workshops, and training programs which teach community members how to grow their own food and hopefully become the next generation of urban farmers that our city and region need.

Afterward, Ochsner pitched into some labor-intensive farm work – the building of a Johnson-Su bioreacting compost system. These compost systems are excellent for the farm because once you build them, they sit for a year and then can be used to fertilize an enormous amount of land. This compost system allows Baton Roots to grow high-nutrient food at many sites, as well as give compost away to community gardens and residents.

Thank you to the #OchsnerServes team for visiting the farm and contributing directly to this critical work!

If your group would like to set up a volunteer or learning event at Baton Roots, please contact

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