Education

From Out of The Blue – Green Farming!

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We are very excited to announce the release of our brand new report – From Out of the Blue – Green Farming. It explains what recirculating farming is, how it is growing in popularity and why these farms are key in providing healthy, fresh, affordable food in the U.S. and beyond. In it, there are […]

Education

New and Beginning Farmers Workshop

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In September, we announced that we’d be hosting a training program for new and beginning urban farmers in partnership with the New Orleans Food and Farm Network (NOFFN). Together with NOFFN, we held our first workshop in NOLA  – and it was a fabulous weekend! We learned there are a lot of folks out there […]

Recirculating Farms Basics

Recirculating Farms in Cities

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While the prominence of industrial agriculture still remains, the urban farming movement has been experiencing a steady rise in participation, favorable local legislation, and positive media coverage. A recent article in the New York Times, which gave heavy praise to the thriving urban farming community in New York City, is a testament to how far […]

Farm/er feature

Roots On The Rooftop!

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Innovative ways to build a stable and local food system seem to be popping up all around New Orleans these days, with a growing number of recirculating farms operating in and around the city. One of the newer ones – Roots on the Rooftop – is providing fresh herbs and certain vegetables to Rouses Market […]

Education

NOLA Food & Farm Network Launches “Farm This Now!”

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On July 23rd, New Orleans Food and Farm Network launched Farm This Now!, an initiative that seeks to connect New Orleans residents who want to grow food, with vacant land in the city where they can garden or farm. The organization is helping to connect potential farmers to future farm sites by improving the accessibility […]

Organizational

2012 “FARRM” Bill Woes

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U.S. Congress has been discussing and debating the reauthorization of the national FARM Bill, the law that regulates all things farm related and much more  – like public assistance food programs. This year the FARM bill update is oh-so-cleverly called the “FARRM” Bill: the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act. Unfortunately, the content is […]

Organizational

Eat Local Challenge 2012 Wrap Up

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Today marks the end of the New Orleans Eat Local Challenge. True to its name – at times eating only foods from within 200 miles of our city was difficult (read about week one and week two). Still, the experience was filled with fun and inspired endless creativity.  I learned new recipes, and perhaps most […]

Organizational

Week 2 of the Eat Local Challenge

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Half way through the month and the Challenge – and frankly, this week was much more difficult than last, with time being short to prepare meals and several celebratory and social events. The first few days, we did really well and stuck to a yummy routine of variations on grits (thanks Hollygrove!) and eggs with […]