On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with two participants in the Lobelia Commons, an autonomous and anti-capitalist project based out of so-called New Orleans. Our guests explain how they are working on several endeavors: from creating a hub for food production, building a de-centralized nursery, and also creating a new print version of the Farmer’s Almanac.
Tell your neighbors and post on social what plants ya got, where the micro-nursery is at, and any other important info. We can also help get the word out if you @ us on here or IG 🙂
— Lobelia Commons (@lobeliacommons) October 1, 2020
During our discussion, we talk about overcoming the false culture war narrative of ‘rural vs urban,’ what is would mean to network and build up autonomous land and food projects, and how we might link them with existing struggles happening all around us.
Garden starting to take form in the upper 9th! Got the water catchment up and ready, just need a lot more soil. If you can, we’re looking for donations to help expand the garden across the lot!
venmo @ lobeliacommons 🔨🔧🌧️ pic.twitter.com/K7ThRiVzVw
— Lobelia Commons (@lobeliacommons) April 25, 2020
With both the pandemic and ensuing economic fallout showing no signs of slowing down, we hope that this interview both raises important questions and inspires people to think about possible projects.
Music: Lee Brickley