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Don’t Cage Our Oceans Groups Calls Out Trump for using COVID19 as Cover to Undercut Fishing Communities and Push Ocean Factory Fish Farms

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On Thursday May 7, 2020, amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the White House issued a controversial Executive Order to streamline permitting for industrial marine finfish farms and gut other protective regulatory processes for managing ocean wildlife and habitat. The move threatens wild ecosystems, local fishing communities and coastal economies, and paints the fish farming industry […]

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Organizations Collaborate to Deliver Fresh Local Food from Farms to Families Amid COVID19

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Today, the various organizations that make up the Growing Local Collaborative – Recirculating Farms Coalition, Top Box Foods Louisiana, SPROUT NOLA, New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee, and Liberty’s Kitchen – in partnership with Market Umbrella and the Crescent City Farmers Market, are ramping up efforts to keep New Orleans residents fed and healthy by […]

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RFC and the Growing Local Collaborative

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In recent years, RFC has been working cooperatively with several New Orleans, Louisiana organizations: Liberty’s Kitchen, NOLA Food Policy Advisory Committee, SPROUT NOLA, and Top Box Foods Louisiana, to collectively promote community health and wellness through increased food access, job training, and policy advocacy. Last year, these organizations formalized the relationships, under the “Growing Local […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Instar Farms

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Erika Nolan is a licensed landscape horticulturist. This means that she is trained and skilled in the creation and maintenance of organic and edible gardens, landscape gardens, and pollinator gardens. She is a New Orleans native who graduated from Delgado Community College with a certification in horticultural studies, after spending years pursuing other career paths […]

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SPOTLIGHT: VEGGI Farmer’s Cooperative

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VEGGI Farmers Cooperative (Village de l’Est Green Growers Initiative) is a community member owned and operated farmer’s cooperative based out of New Orleans East. Designed as a cooperative to prevent competition between members of the neighborhood, this organization seeks to provide employment and supplemental income to its members while simultaneously providing high quality, fresh produce […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Major Acre Farm

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Ellis Douglas is a person who wears many hats. Throughout his working life, he has spent a significant amount of time in the service industry, working alongside chef Melissa Martin of Mosquito Supper Club, and cooking in the kitchen of popular New Orleans restaurant 1000 Figs. Over time, his focus and passion for his work […]

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Spotlight: River Queen Greens

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What does it take to be one of the only commercial urban farms in the Greater New Orleans Area? It helps a TON to have the perfect combination of owners; one with commercial farming experience and the other with a business background. Cheryl Nunes participated in a farmer training program seven years ago in Massachusetts, […]