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For Earth Day, Innovative Farming Group Announces Series of Free “Sustainable Farming” Classes

Media Contact: Marianne Cufone: (844)-Rec-Farm x801 or mcufone@recirculatingfarms.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2015

New Orleans, LA: What better way to celebrate Earth Day than offering free training in sustainable growing techniques? That’s what Recirculating Farms Coalition thinks could put the “green” back in greens – and fruits, vegetables, herbs and other foods.

Marianne Cufone, Recirculating Farms Coalition Founder and Executive Director said, “It’s important to be eco-friendly in farming. Food production uses a tremendous amount of water, space and fossil fuels; it’s a major contributor to climate change.”

Recirculating Farms Coalition blends traditional soil-based agriculture with innovative water-based growing methods like hydroponics, aquaculture and a combination of both – aquaponics. The unique approach allows people to raise more food using less water, space, and energy than many other forms of farming.

Urban farmer, and Louisiana Master Gardener Ica Crawford who now runs the Coalition’s farm center in New Orleans, Growing Local NOLA, says, “I participated in the first training classes that the Coalition held in 2012. It was very eye-opening to see how much food could grow in a recirculating system running mainly on solar power and rain water.”

Those interested in becoming “market growers”, a term that means commercial farmers – people who want to grow food to sell at market – can sign up for one or the whole series of the individual weekend intensive classes, starting in June and running through November. Training sessions will progress from beginner to intermediate to advanced, and offer internships on real working farms and connections to local experienced growers through a mentorship program. Classes include topics like: natural disease and pest prevention and management, composting, hydroponics, aquaponics and more.

“We are so excited to be offering these training classes for market growers,” Cufone said. “Our mission is to provide accessible, healthy, fresh food and create stable jobs in green business right in the communities where these are most needed, and this program can help achieve both goals.”

The classes are being sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers development grant program.

Cufone concluded “If we want more good food, we need more good farmers and our trainings focus on making that happen.”

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Other Releases and Statements:

April 1, 2015 – Gulf Fisheries Plan for Menhaden Fails to Address Critical Issues – Gulf of Mexico

February 2, 2015 – Recirculating Farms Coalition Awarded Grant to Train and Mentor New and Beginning Farmers; USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Makes Announcement in New Orleans – National

February 5, 2014 – Statement of Executive Director, Marianne Cufone, on Congress Passage of the 2014 Farm Bill - National

November 6, 2013 – City of New Orleans Celebrates Groundbreaking of Innovative Urban Farm – Growing local NOLA - National

October 29, 2013 – Statement of Executive Director Marianne Cufone, Recirculating Farms Coalition on 9th Circuit Appellate Decision - National

August 13, 2013 – Backyard Gardeners Network, Recirculating Farms Coalition Host Community Day In Lower 9th Ward – Louisiana

February 8, 2013 - Open Ocean Aquaculture Would Harm the Gulf of Mexico: Statement by Marianne Cufone – National

October 22, 2012Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Announces Partnership to Build Growing Local NOLANational

September 24, 2012 – Unique Training Program Will Support New and Beginning Urban Farmers - National

August 23, 2012 – Recirculating Farms Coalition, New Orleans Food & Farm Network to Build Innovative Urban Food and Farm Center – National

August 8, 2012 – Recirculating Farms Help Florida Families Eat Healthy During Tough Economy – Florida

July 16, 2012Recirculating Farms Coalition Urges Congress to Improve Farm Bill – National

June 1, 2012 – Recirculating Farms Help New Orleans Eat Local – Louisiana

April 20, 2012 – Recirculating Farms Coalition Creates First Interactive Map Of U.S. Commercial Water Farms – Helps Consumers Find Fresh Local Food To Celebrate Earth Day – National

February 9, 2012 – AMPS Builds New Orleans’ 1st “Aeroponic” Recirculating Farm, Demonstrates Sustainable Urban Agriculture – National

October 3, 2011 – New Orleans “Worst food desert in U.S.” and “Best City in America for Foodies” – Louisiana

September 15, 2011 – U.S. Food and Jobs Crises Spawn New Nationwide Farming Coalition – National

September 15, 2011 – U.S. Food and Jobs Crises Spawn New Nationwide Farming Coalition – California

September 15, 2011 – U.S. Food and Jobs Crises Spawn New Nationwide Farming Coalition – Louisiana

September 15, 2011 – U.S. Food and Jobs Crises Spawn New Nationwide Farming Coalition – New York

September 15, 2011 – U.S. Food and Jobs Crises Spawn New Nationwide Farming Coalition – Texas

September 15, 2011 – U.S. Food and Jobs Crises Spawn New Nationwide Farming Coalition – Wisconsi