August 27, 2012
I want to congratulate my friends at the Recirculating Farms Coalition who were recently awarded two grants to construct an Urban Farming and Food Center in downtown New Orleans. The center will be home to a community garden, fruit trees, aquaponics and hydroponics. These last two are methods for raising fish and edible plants in soil-free recirculating water systems, and similar to the approach we have taken in our Center for a Livable Future Aquaponics Project in Baltimore’s Cylburn Arboretum.
RFC says in the press release, “The Center will be a hub for research, education, training, and community interaction on growing, marketing, and preparing healthy food in the city and beyond.” The center will be built and run in a collaboration between RFC and the New Orleans Food and Farm Network. Funding for the project comes from the Claneil Foundation and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.