Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year friends of Recirculating Farms Coalition and Growing Local NOLA! It’s hard to believe that another new year has already begun. We had an incredibly eventful 2017: from the big win at the National Organics Standards Board Meeting to moving our farm and beginning exciting new partnerships with the New Orleans Mission and Top Box Foods to initiating our new “On The Geaux” mobile programming and hosting a series of farm loan workshops with the USDA Farm Service Agency and other partners –  we have definitely kept busy!

As we look ahead, we are excited about all the new possibilities for 2018.

Big THANKS to You!

On this day of giving thanks – we here at Recirculating Farms thank all our friends, family and supporters throughout the years. We have seen many important changes in laws, policies, behaviors and attitudes related to growing food, and are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the amazing good food movement. So THANK YOU for all you do in making our world better each day.

Federal Fish Farming Lawsuit Moves Forward

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 just submitted. The next likely steps in the suit are for the government to respond to the arguments made by the groups regarding why the government should not make this rule allowing fish farming in the Gulf of Mexico, and then for the judge to render a decision.

RFC and FSA Offer Farmer Support Workshops

 

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 Facebook page for specific dates and locations.

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 working on fresh solutions to the planet’s biggest problems. The result is a collection of 50 leaders who are building a sustainable world that works for everyone. Solutions come in many shapes and sizes: exciting technologies, smart campaigns, forward-thinking legislation, innovative products, courageous organizations. As do solutionaries: entrepreneurs, comedians, farmers, activists, scholars, scientists, and more. The Grist 50 shows what a vibrant, diverse sustainability movement looks like. Last year’s inaugural list reached and inspired nearly 6 million readers! Check it out!