NEW – Farmer Information Sessions!

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, such as getting insurance and applying for funding, equipment and other assistance. At these July meetings, we will review and select which topics are most important to our community and schedule dates and times for the classes, so the most farmers are able to participate. Help us support growers! Hope to see you at one of these meetings to provide your input. Snacks and drinks served.

(Others may be added):

July 6th – Loyola Law School, Room # 111, 5:30- 7pm
526 Pine St, New Orleans, LA 70118

July 11th The Healing Center, Interfaith Room 4th floor 5:30 – 7pm
2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

July 19th The People’s Health Jazz Market 5:30 – 7pm
1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113

July 25 Rosa Keller Library Meeting Room, 5:30 – 7pm
4300 S. Broad Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125

Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can have enough materials and refreshments for everyone. Questions? Contact media@recirculatingfarms.org or call or text 504-515-0161. You can also RSVP our Facebook Events page at: bit.ly/nolafarmersessions

Big thanks to all the above venues for providing free or very low cost space to make such events possible. We appreciate your generosity and support!

Urban Farmer Trainings in NOLA!

What a great weekend we had June 12 -14! We hosted the first in a series of intensive urban farmer “market” trainings for new and beginning growers. In a combination of classroom-type presentations and discussions and on-the-farm real activities, 38 excited participants learned the basics of growing food, sustainable urban style.

We kicked the weekend off with a “meet and greet” party – so attendees and presenters could mingle and chat before the class began. We had great snacks and drinks from local farms, prepared by Chef Tracy Koi.

The 2-day course ran all of Saturday and Sunday, and included topics such as: what kind of farm to choose (why and how), legal matters, land access, pest and disease identification and natural management, in-ground and raised bed growing, hydroponics and aquaponics and so much more!

We kept everyone well hydrated and fed too – with tons of good fresh food.

Thanks to a generous New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development grant from the USDA- NIFA we are able to provide this training completely free – including all materials!

Next up is the intermediate class August 1- 2, then advanced in August. Get more information or to register for those classes here. The series will repeat September – November.

All participants will also be part of our mentorship program – being paired with a local experienced grower, and offered that opportunity for an internship on a working farm.

This is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22880

Raising Urban Chickens!

Our most recent workshop in our Summer “Grow Mo’, Bettah” series in partnership with the New Orleans Food and Farm Network was about raising urban chickens! Dozens of people flocked (pun intended) to our Growing Local NOLA public campus to learn from Louisiana Master Gardener, Horticulturist and urban farming guru Ica Crawford. She discussed caring for chickens from egg to adulthood and what the specific needs are for each stage. Of course the chicks themselves stole the show (see pix)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer School is hot hot hot!

It’s full on summer in New Orleans and our Growing Local NOLA food and farm center is starting to really heat up with all the public classes we’ve been offering. Last night, we hosted a natural pest and disease management seminar. It was a perfect evening, complete with a lovely breeze and some fluffy white clouds to provide just the right amount of shade. Louisiana Master Gardener and Botanist Ica Crawford led the group through preventative as well as curative ways to handle a wide range of garden troubles. She even brought samples of problematic insects and plants with common diseases to help people identify symptoms as early as possible, so they can treat them quickly and effectively. RFC and NOFFN are hosting a series of trainings for farmers and gardeners over the course of the next few weeks – check back for more great pix and info!

 

Growing Local NOLA Farm to Table Cooking Demo

Exciting things happening at our Growling Local NOLA campus in Central City New Orleans! As our contribution to the annual NOLA Locavores Eat Local Challenge – we hosted an “all local” farm to table cooking demonstration. We had more than 50 people in attendance trying out our fresh and delicious recipes with ingredients from all local farms (including ours!) –

Zucchini and yellow squash “pasta” ribbons with pecan basil pesto

Herbed strawberries over mixed greens in a lemon honey pecan vinaigrette

Blueberry honey frozen yogurt with candied pecans and a sweet cream drizzle

We’ll be featuring these in our upcoming newsletter too – so be on the lookout for that coming your way soon. Not a member yet and want these great recipes and more? Join our mailing list!

Many thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation for all their support in developing Growing Local NOLA and allowing us to offer free health-supportive programs for our community!