Saturday, September 11, 2010


Until today, Sept 11, 2010, there were three roosters at God's Vineyard. This spring, the garden welcomed eight new chicks, hatched from eggs fertilized by those roosters. Now, they are headed to the pot...

Plucking, gutting, and cleaning took place at God's Vineyard volunteer Sarah Rath's house nearby in the Irish Channel. The roosters were dunked in not-quite-boiling water to soften their skin and loosen the feathers. Plucking is a painstaking process...about 45 minutes per bird.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Franz Building Update November 2009

Phyllis Cassidy, Executive Director of Good Work Network in New Orleans, announced at this year's 2009 Chase Community Development Competition that about 2/3 of the funding required to make the Franz Building renovation happen, has been raised to date!

btw...Wash. U./MIT placed second in this year's competition!

Friday, October 16, 2009

God's Vineyard update October 2009

Fully functioning garden and first post-Katrina hot pepper sauce bottled!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In Remembrance: Noel Jones

Our dear friend (and best client ever) Noel Jones passed on to a better place on Saturday, March 21, 2009.

All of us in NOLA RECIPE Studio remember how important he was, and will continue to be, as we move forward in our socially-conscious careers.

Structures for Inclusion Conference (SFI9)

Kathleen Johnson and Derek Hoeferlin present chicken coop at this year's SFI, hosted by Design Corps.

Friday, February 20, 2009

God's Vineyard Update February 2009

Derek Hoeferlin's Spring 2009 Wash. U. architecture and urban design studio of 10 students and Jane Wolff's and Elise Shelley's University of Toronto landscape architecture studio of 26 students visit God's Vineyard on February 7, 2009.

God's Vineyard co-directors Earl Antwine and Noel Jones present the mission of the garden and update the studios on the current state of the coops and garden. The chicken coop is appropriately dirty, fully functioning, fully resilient, and at full capacity. It is outputting dozens upon dozens of beautiful brown and green eggs for the community. The African Geese are happy in their separate goose coop too, despite damage the goose coop received from a wind-driven projectile.

At present, the garden has a new gang of volunteers, including John Kleinschmidt - former Hoeferlin student/RECIPE member and now New Orleans transplant/intern architect at Waggonner & Ball Architects. The garden is being tilled and seeded at time of this posting.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Coop Update January 5, 2009

Coop is holding up well, almost exactly 8 months after its assembly on site. Hardware is tight, all materials weathering properly, structurally sounds as ever, adjustable ventilation system of louvers and lapped roof segments working perfectly.

Chickens pecking around the now-empty hot pepper plot, helping to turn the soil over. The plot is ready for tilling in preparation for the next planting. (Pretty flat right now after record-breaking rainfall on Jan. 3) No foreign fertilizer will be necessary for the upcoming planting season - it will all come from the free-range chickens, ducks, geese, and turkey.

Louvers closed for the winter.

Well-used nesting boxes.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Imagining America Conference

Derek presented his Wash. U. New Orleans design studios at IA conference in Los Angeles. He presented on panel with fellow CITYbuild members Dan Etheridge (Tulane) and Rob Corser (U. Washington) along with Mark Robbins (Dean of Syracuse Architecture School).

October 2, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Chicken Coop is Area of Last Refuge During Gustav

The NOLA Chicken Coop survived its first major test with hurricane-force winds during Hurricane Gustav. (Acually it has already withstood many tropical thunderstorms since its May '08 installation).

Not only did it not receive any damage from Gustav, it also served as "Coop of Last Refuge" for the chickens and also Rocky, the German Shepherd mascot of God's Vineyard!

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts News Fall 08: "2 Projects, 1 City"

Hoeferlin's NOLA RECIPE studio featured in the Sam Fox School's innagural newsletter as representation for the Architecture school. The feature describes both portions of the studio, the chicken coop and the Franz Building renovation, the latter which one the 2008 JP Morgan Chase Community Development Competition.

Washington University in St. Louis Fall 2008 Magazine: "New Orleans Farm Transformed by Architecture Students"

Chicken coop featured in fall issue as one of the "FrontRunners" in education at Washington University in St. Louis.

Metropolis Magazine Article: "Experimenting with Disaster"

Derek's Spring '08 design studio's chicken coop featured in article about CITYbuild Consortium of Schools.
September '08
See pages 94-96 of following link:
Excerpt from Stephen Zack's nice piece:
"[The chickens have] adapted but are displaying no new forms of evolution. 'They still chickens,' he [Noel Jones] says. 'They're still doing their thing. But I think they're a lot more comfortable because they have a lot more space. So I think they are happier birds.'"

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

NOLA Coop Computer Model

Exploded Axonometric of the Pre-Fabricated Components that would be delivered to given site "flat-packed" via cargo van...
Worm's Eye View of Assembled Coop (note: no floor to allow chicken droppings to directly fertilize ground)...
View from Above of Assembled Coop (note that nesting boxes are attached to larger roosting area; this allows one to directly access the nesting box and eggs directly from outside)...

Exploded Axonometric of all the Materials and Elements of the Chicken Coop (corrugated metal roofing and doors, galvanized steel structure, polycarbonate walls and louvers, wood nesting boxes, roositng bars, ramp and landing)...

Monday, May 19, 2008

Press about RECIPE

"COOP DE GRACE: Students Give Facelift to God's Vineyard"
The Times Picayune
by Nina Wolgelenter
Thursday, May 22, 2008

"Architecture Students Win JP Morgan Chase Community Development Competition"
Record, Washington Univeristy in St. Louis
by Liam Otten
Monday, May 19, 2008

"New Orleans Is the Site of Architecture Student Projects:
Class Creates Chicken Coop, Rehab Plan"
Record, Washington Univeristy in St. Louis
by Liam Otten
Thursday, May 8, 2008

"Central City Project Wins Student Contest: Prize Is $25,000 to Start Renovation"
The Times Picayune, by Rebecca Mowbray, Thursday, May 8, 2008

"College Students’ Plan to Restore Historic New Orleans Building and Revive O.C. Haley Boulevard Earns $25,000 in Chase Competition"

"Central City Incubator Moving Forward"

WWL TV Eyewitness Morning News Interview- May 7, 2008