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While in college, I was always thinking of crafting projects, which evolved into the establishment of the accessories line, Glitter and Glue. After a few Saints-themed hair accessories were created and worn with pride, G&G sadly tapered off. A new chapter of my life, however, has led to the establishment of yet another crafting brand! Allow me to introduce you to the new farmers market exclusive line, Oysters and Okra, O&O.

The other day at the farm, we ripped out some BIG okra plants. They had been planted a while back, so their production level and quality had diminished, and it was time to see them go. While the destruction transpired, I became fascinated with the roots of the plant. The roots are super long, malleable when wet and incredibly strong, almost rope-like. Pulling the leftover roots remaining in the bed, I started bunching them as I ripped them from the soil. Organically, the idea to make wreaths from these roots emerged among the farm crew, and just in time.

The farm has experienced a bit of theft the past two weeks, leaving us less and less to bring to the farmer’s market to make some money. The wreaths are an answer, a temporary answer at that, to the lack of produce to sell at the farmers market – an additional money-making endeavor. Over the past two days, we made about ten wreaths, all embellished with objects found directly within the local environment. Big, iridescent oyster shells stick out from the soil in our Lower Ninth Ward farm, making them an easy choice to jazz up our humble wreaths. Basil thyme grown on the farm is also woven through the okra roots, emitting its sweet scent.

Until we begin the nightly vigils at the farm to prevent thieves from slicing away our lettuce, it looks like we might need to get a bit creative. We’ll see how these wreaths sell at the market, Oysters’ and Okra’s big debut. If nothing else this volunteer house will sure feel homey with ten wreaths hanging on the walls.

The twigster,

Josephine

Hoop house we made today to grow some tomatoes

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