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Johns Hopkins: Near and Offshore Finfish Aquaculture Poses Risks

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Expanding nearshore finfish farming or establishing an offshore industry in the U.S. carries significant risks to aquatic ecosystems and public health, according to a report published by researchers at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, in the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. The report assesses whether an expanded […]

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Federal Fish Farming Lawsuit Moves Forward

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On September 21st commercial and recreational fishing groups, and conservation, consumer and farming organizations jointly filed their arguments in a legal brief on why the federal government cannot allow industrial aquaculture in U.S. waters. Read more here. The new filings are notably significant, as the entire case could be won or lost on the information […]

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RFC and FSA Offer Farmer Support Workshops

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  RFC is very excited to be partnering with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and various other groups, including the National Young Farmers Coalition and SCORE, to offer growers information and training in how to search and apply for FSA support programs and loans. The series of workshops will run through February 2018. See RFC’s […]

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Urban Farms in NYC Grow More Than Food

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In August, RFC’s ED Marianne Cufone visited several of our farming friends in New York City and learned about all the amazing programs happening there. First stop was Brooklyn Grange. Atop a giant building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the farm grows across an expansive rooftop. The Grange hosts workshops, tours and events, including weddings, […]

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MSC Reviews Gulf Menhaden Fishery For Label

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The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a private labeling enterprise that reviews fisheries worldwide for certification to their standards. Companies seeking certification for their fisheries pay a fee to the MSC for review and certification. Fisheries are rarely entirely denied the label, though some fisheries have been given conditional certification if they make certain changes […]

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NEW – Farmer Information Sessions!

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Recirculating Farms Coalition in cooperation with the USDA Farm Service Agency is hosting a series of outreach and discussion sessions for farmers in New Orleans, Louisiana and beyond. We are planning to have classes throughout the summer on topics that will provide training and information on how to participate in various federal farm/farmer support programs, […]

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RFC Builds Farm to Feed Homeless in NOLA

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RFC Builds Farm to Feed Homeless in NOLA

What a great week we had here at RFC in New Orleans! We initiated our partnership with the New Orleans Mission, an organization dedicated to supporting the homeless in our city. We installed raised garden beds at the Mission’s Women’s House and many of the women residing there were excited to get involved. Check out […]

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Organics and Earth Day

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Organics and Earth Day

At its meeting in Colorado on April 21, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), an advisory committee to the USDA National Organic Program, had a long discussion about whether hydroponic and aquaponic farms could keep USDA Organic certification. The Board reviewed what the term “Organic” means in the United States and other countries. The largest […]

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RFC ED Chosen for Grist 50 List!

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RFC ED Chosen for Grist 50 List!

We are SO excited – our ED, Marianne Cufone, was selected to be on the 2nd ever Grist 50 list. Announced today, the Grist 50 is a new annual list that highlights who’s hot in the national green movement. Meet all 50 of this year’s “fixers”. Each year, Grist searches for inspiring innovators and do-ers […]

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Make Me a Plate

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Make Me a Plate

I really enjoy hearing people’s food memories. It’s a simple way to connect over something absolutely universal and it inevitably becomes a very personal conversation. My most vivid food memory is from when I was little, returning to New Orleans from San Diego every Mardi Gras and smelling eggs, grits, sausage, toast and coffee wafting […]