Fish

Feds Consider Endangered Species Act Protection for Pacific Bluefin Tuna

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In June, the Recirculating Farms Coalition, along with various other organizations petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect Pacific Bluefin Tuna under the Endangered Species Act, because the total population has plummeted to about 3% of its initial size. The effort, let by the Center for Biological Diversity, has resulted in the federal agency […]

In the News

Fishing and Public Interest Groups Sue Feds Re: Offshore Aquaculture

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On Friday afternoon, February 12th, twelve fishing and public interest groups jointly sued the federal government, challenging new regulations allowing industrial fish farming in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), under the Department of Commerce are agencies charged with protecting […]

Organizational

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, […]

In the News

We did it: Urban Ag and Farm to School Laws!

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Two new bills in Louisiana that support bringing more good food to communities through local agriculture are now law!! The first creates a “farm-to-school” program, which allows Louisiana public schools to communicate directly with local farmers to buy food. Previously, for any food item over $25,000, schools had to go through a complicated and difficult […]

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 […]

Farm to school

Proposed F2S Law Moves Forward in Louisiana!

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UPDATE – the bill passed through the Louisiana House Education Committee Full Senate and House too. Waiting to be signed by the Governor! Great news! RFC and friends have been pushing Farm to School programs nationally and locally – and we just had another BIG WIN!! Yesterday, the Louisiana Senate Education Committee moved a Farm […]

Misc.

“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 […]