Out to Lunch

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Photo by Rick Lineberger

Sun Water and Dirt May 12, 2016

In business, and other organizations, we hear about "mission drift." That's a condition where the organization loses track of what it set out to accomplish. The way to re-focus is to get back to basics.

That’s what we're doing today on Out to Lunch. We’re talking about three very basic elements - sunshine, water, and dirt.

And we’re looking at how we can harness these 3 elements to re-focus us on one of our missions as a city that we seem to have drifted away from – resurrecting the 9th Ward.

james mazzuto

James Mazzuto is Director of Make It Right Solar.

marianne cufone

Marianne Cufone is an expert on urban and suburban farming, Executive Director of Recirculating Farms and Growing Local NOLA.

becca margolis

Becca Margolis has an Okra farm - in the 9th Ward, Okra Foods.

talking lower 9th ward farming

What would a re-focus on sunshine, water, and dirt look like in New Orleans? Could a back to basics agricultural revolution revive the Lower 9th Ward?

Photos at Commander's Palace by Alison Moon.

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