Ben Depp / National Geographic Society

The pandemic has hit the gardens of New Orleans.

Ashley Dean / WWNO

There's nothing like being stuck at home for weeks, maybe even months on end to turn your thumb green.

Julian R. Adams

Since 1972, a handful of New Orleanians have been celebrating and practicing bonsai, the Japanese art of cultivating miniature trees. The Greater New Orleans Bonsai Society has translated this ancient art form to our present-day gardens, hosting regular classes for beginners and experts alike. NolaVie’s Brian Friedman invited Masters Program Director Jim Osborne into the studio to talk about all things bonsai. 

NOCCA's Not-So-Secret Garden at Press Street

Jun 8, 2017
David Benedetto

Poet Gary Snyder once said, “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” That sentiment, for those of us living in the middle of a city, can be hard to remember, let alone to follow. NolaVie's David Benedetto caught up with the manager of Press Street Gardens, Marguerite Green, who described what it takes to keep up an educational farm and green space in the middle of New Orleans. 

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.

 Bob Engel, Chef Liaison of Gourmet Mushrooms, shows off a bottle filled with sawdust and mycelium while giving a tour of the farm.
Terry McCarthy

On this week's show, we're looking at farming across the state and the Americas.

We begin on the West Coast, with a tour of Gourmet Mushrooms in Sonoma County, California, where they are mimicking natural growing conditions to cultivate specialty mushrooms indoors. This farm harvests eight different varieties of organic mushrooms for food wholesalers, gourmet grocers, and restaurants all across America.