Sophielab and a team from Betsy Weiss' Fall 2009 Feminist Documentation and New Media class spent the afternoon of Saturday 24 October 2009 at the Upper 9th Ward Farmer's Market in the courtyard of Frederick Douglass High School just off St. Claude Avenue in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans.

Our primary mission was shooting video and stills for an short educational/promotional video for The Guardians Institute, the class Community Partner for service learning. Sophielab has a double bond with The Guardians Institute in Fall 2009, for Cherice Harrison-Nelson and Herreast (Mrs. Donald Sr) Harrison are Visiting Artists/Community Leaders/Scholars at Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, where we continue collaboration on The Queens Project.

This day, The Guardians Institute offered a special Community Sankofa Saturday School for children at the Market featuring a free book giveaway sponsored by the Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr Book Club, along with parasol-making and a second-lining contest with music by the Treme Brass Band.

In this short video, Greta Gladney, Director of the Renaissance Project, discusses the Upper and Lower 9th Ward Farmer's Markets, the importance of rebuilding systems of access to healthy food throughout our neighborhoods, and the mission of The Renaissance Project.
For more info about the Downtown Neighborhood Market Consortium, you may visit

Shot by Crystal Kile for Sophielab with personal Flip Ultra HD.

Note: The New Orleans Minute *always* lasts longer than a minute, but rarely longer than five minutes.


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