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Recirculating Farms Coalition Awarded Grant to Train and Mentor New and Beginning Farmers; USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Makes Announcement in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 2, 2015— Today, the Recirculating Farms Coalition (RFC) hosted United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and staff at the organization’s community garden in Central City, New Orleans. Harden visited the city to announce the awards of the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program grants to RFC and others nationwide. The USDA Deputy Secretary spoke to a diverse crowd of farmers, educators, community members and press on this initiative to train, mentor, and enhance the success of future farmers and ranchers.
“As new farmers and ranchers get started, they are really looking to their community for support. The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program empowers these farmers and ranchers to bring innovative ideas to the table when it comes to addressing food security, creating economic enterprises, and building communities,” said Harden.
The RFC is a national non-profit organization, headquartered in New Orleans, that supports and promotes soilless water-based farming – recirculating hydroponics, aquaculture and aquaponics – along with more traditional soil-based growing. RFC provides free training, support and resources to empower communities in growing their own local food and creating stable jobs in green businesses.
Marianne Cufone, Executive Director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition said, “We are excited to be part of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. This grant will allow us to continue offering free training classes, demonstrations, hands-on learning opportunities and food and farm events for people in New Orleans and beyond.”
Deputy Secretary Harden, accompanied by Louisiana and Washington, DC staff, toured RFC’s community garden, spoke with food and farm project leaders and enjoyed assorted treats prepared with ingredients from local farms.
“We are thrilled that Deputy Secretary Harden and various USDA staff came to New Orleans, and to our garden, to announce these grants. There are so many innovative, amazing food and farming programs in our community, and we look forward to working with all of them and the USDA to support our growers in being both ecologically and economically sustainable.” Cufone said.
Other Releases and Statements:
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, 2012 – Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Announces Partnership to Build Growing Local NOLA – National
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, 2012 – Recirculating 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