Organizational

Happy New Year 2018!

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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 […]

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Food Security Panel Discussion

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On Monday October 5th, the Recirculating Farms Coalition hosted a dinner for the Women’s Professional Council of New Orleans, and a panel discussion on food security and access. The setting for the meal and topic was perfect – it was all held at RFC’s Growing Local NOLA community garden in Central City, New Orleans. Historically, […]

Farm basics

USDA “EQIP”s Urban Growers!

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June 26th was an exciting day for us here at the Recirculating Farms Coalition! That’s when we found out we had been accepted to participate in the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). EQIP is a financial assistance program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Natural Resources Conservation Service. EQIP is designed to […]

Education

Urban Farmer Trainings in NOLA!

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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 […]

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“Alternative” Spring Break at Growing Local NOLA!

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Some colleges are now encouraging their students to take “alternative” spring breaks – where the main focus is community service and learning through experiences. This past week, Recirculating Farms Coalition hosted two groups of Spring Breakers – one from Kentucky and another from University of Southern Cali Law – at our Growing Local NOLA community […]

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RFC Awarded USDA Grant – Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Visits!

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February 2nd was an exciting day for us here at the Recirculating Farms Coalition. We learned that we’d been awarded a New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to supporting training and mentoring for urban farmers in innovative growing methods like recirculating hydroponics, aquaculture and aquaponics, […]

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Colleges do “MLK Day of Service”

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On Martin Luther King Day, January 19th, 45 students and professors from Tulane, Loyola, Xavier, University of New Orleans and Dillard all came out to our Growing Local NOLA community garden to lend support to us here at Recirculating Farms Coalition. The joint program of all the colleges fosters interaction among students at different institutions […]

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Happy New Year!

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We here at Recirculating Farms Coalition wish you and yours a happy healthy new year! As we say goodbye to 2014 and welcome 2015 and all the exciting possibilities it brings, we’d like to review some of the highlights from last year and offer a glimpse of our plans for 2015: 2014 highlights: SaveSchoolLunch# Campaign […]

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THANK YOU!

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Recirculating Farms Coalition has had many wonderful things to be thankful for this year – from building our new Community Garden in New Orleans and starting our demonstration and education classes there, to broadening our network of partners and friends nationwide by working collaboratively on various projects: school food, ocean aquaculture, growth of recirculating farming […]

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Community Opening of Growing Local NOLA!

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What a day we had October 4th. The sun was shining, there was a slight breeze and the growing Local NOLA community center was hopping with food, music and activities. Our community opening was a huge success! We had fabulous food: a shrimp boil (local shrimp, potatoes and vegetables cooked on site eaten hot straight […]