Farm/Farmer Feature

SPOTLIGHT: VEGGI Farmer’s Cooperative

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VEGGI Farmers Cooperative (Village de l’Est Green Growers Initiative) is a community member owned and operated farmer’s cooperative based out of New Orleans East. Designed as a cooperative to prevent competition between members of the neighborhood, this organization seeks to provide employment and supplemental income to its members while simultaneously providing high quality, fresh produce […]

Farm/Farmer Feature

Spotlight: River Queen Greens

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What does it take to be one of the only commercial urban farms in the Greater New Orleans Area? It helps a TON to have the perfect combination of owners; one with commercial farming experience and the other with a business background. Cheryl Nunes participated in a farmer training program seven years ago in Massachusetts, […]

Education

NEW – Farmer Information Sessions!

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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, […]

Organizational

Make Me a Plate

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I really enjoy hearing people’s food memories. It’s a simple way to connect over something absolutely universal and it inevitably becomes a very personal conversation. My most vivid food memory is from when I was little, returning to New Orleans from San Diego every Mardi Gras and smelling eggs, grits, sausage, toast and coffee wafting […]

In the News

It’s Gotta Have Soul!

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Most black families I know strongly believe the way you season food comes from your soul. It’s the heart and love of the cook that makes the meal special. In my own family, “If it ain’t spicy, it ain’t good.” When I was a little boy, and I would be punished, usually for making too […]

In the News

Celebrate Black History Month!

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President Ford designated February “Black History month” in 1976, but its roots date back significantly farther. The annual celebration came to be largely through the efforts of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Born in 1875 in New Canton, Virginia, Woodson was one of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate degree from Harvard. He dedicated […]

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 […]