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Citizen Cope

Sep 30 - 30, 2014
AN AMERICAN SONGWRITER, PRODUCER AND PERFORMER, CITIZEN COPE'S MUSIC IS A MIX… more

EMERIL’S DELMONICO TO…

Sep 30 - 30, 2014
Emeril Lagasse's iconic modern creole dining destination in the Lower Garden… more

Irvin Mayfield Jazz…

Sep 30 - 30, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Kim Guise presents…

Sep 30 - 30, 2014
Thousands of images were taken of Japanese American life behind barbed wire… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 30 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 30 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 30 - 30, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

New Orleans Fringe…

Sep 30 - Oct 15, 2014
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Standing in the…

Sep 30 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (no more)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Standing in the…

Sep 30 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

The Victory Belles…

Sep 30 - Nov 19, 2014
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

The Victory Belles…

Sep 30, 2014 - Jun 24, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

Trinity Artist Series…

Sep 30 - Oct 7, 2014
Join us for "Organ & Labyrinth" and candlelight with Albinas… more

Eiffel Society…

Oct 1 - 1, 2014
Join us for Pay It Forward, a Happy Hour event at the Eiffel Society to benefit… more

John McGuckin - "The…

Oct 1 - 1, 2014
The USS Tang, under the command of then Commander Richard O'Kane, was one of… more

Mark of the Feminine

Oct 1 - 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

Sacred to the Memory…

Oct 1 - 3, 2014
Showcasing both the historic Hermann-Grima House museum and St. Louis Cemetery… more

The Historic New…

Oct 1 - 1, 2014
The Historic New Orleans Collection has acquired a rare promotional poster for… more

The Saenger Theater…

Oct 1 - 1, 2014
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, the 11-time Primetime Emmy® Award-winning show… more

The Victory Belles…

Oct 1 - 1, 2014
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

Citizen Cope

Sep 30 - 30, 2014
AN AMERICAN SONGWRITER, PRODUCER AND PERFORMER, CITIZEN COPE'S MUSIC IS A MIX… more

A Food and Farm Center for New Orleans on National Food Day

In honor of National Food Day, a time to champion affordable, healthy and sustainable food, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center announced a partnership with the Recirculating Farms Coalition and the New Orleans Food and Farm Network to create a urban food and farming center on 2.5 acres of land owned by the Convention Center, at the corner of Melpomene Street and Tchoupitoulas. The new center, named Growing Local NOLA, will be a hub for research, education, training, and community interaction on growing, marketing, and preparing healthy, fresh food.

"We are thrilled to host the new food and farm center on our site," said Bob Johnson, president/general manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. "This is an incredibly meaningful project that will showcase cutting edge urban farming methods and provide unique classes and activities for our community, as well as convention attendees and others visiting from all around the world."

The core of the new center is to be an innovative water-based recirculating farm that uses hydroponics - growing plants in nutrient-rich constantly recycled water - and aquaponics - raising fish and plants together in one closed-loop system. Both methods are ideal for cities because they can grow a wide range of plants and fish on rooftops, or on oddly shaped or even paved lots, producing high yields in a small amount of space. The center will also have a community garden - with raised soil beds and fruit trees - a classroom, teaching kitchen, events space, and eventually, an on-site café serving farm to table local fare.

"This center will be a catalyst for personal and community farms and local food here in New Orleans and beyond," said Marianne Cufone, Executive Director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition.

While New Orleans is famous for its unique cuisine, fresh healthy food is not always accessible and affordable for everyone. Louisiana has the second highest obesity rate in the country and with just over 20 grocery stores to serve more than 350,000 residents, New Orleans is one of the worst food deserts. The new center will help to change this.

The center's farm will source fresh food to local distributors, restaurants and grocers, as well as direct to consumers through an on-site farmers' market. It will also offer a wide range of gardening, farming, and farm-to-table cooking classes, programs for youth and seniors, and demonstrations, lectures, and presentations. The center will host special events too, such as harvest dinners and private parties, at its new Convention Center space.

Sanjay Kharod, Executive Director of the New Orleans Food and Farm Network, explained, "This center is all about inspiring people to grow healthy fresh food for themselves and for sale at affordable prices to their neighbors and communities, creating green jobs and preparing delicious, nutritious meals."

Growing Local NOLA will be built using grants from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and the Claneil Foundation. In addition to funding, the project has drawn much praise, enthusiasm and in-kind support.

"The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is excited about the creation of this food and farming center," said Commissioner Mike Strain. "We plan to work collaboratively with the Recirculating Farms Coalition, New Orleans Food and Farm Network and Convention Center on this important project."

The Tulane City Center and the Louisiana State University (LSU) Urban Landscape Lab are both providing in-kind support by designing a masterplan for the food and farm center. Tulane Assistant Professor of Architecture Tiffany Lin and LSU Professor of Landscape Architecture Elizabeth Mossop are leading the project.

Lin said, "Our experienced professional team is working collaboratively to showcase the inspiring green mission of this urban farm. By using recycled materials and renewable energy sources, we hope to create an innovative design solution that is natural, efficient and welcoming."

"This Center is an amazing collaborative effort that will support sustainable urban farming and healthy eating and lifestyles," Cufone said.

Plans for a groundbreaking ceremony are underway and expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Contact:

Marianne Cufone, Executive Director
Recirculating Farms Coalition
Phone: 813.785.8386
Email: info@recirculatingfarms.org

Sanjay Kharod, Executive Director
New Orleans Food and Farm Network:
Phone: 504.483.6967
Email: info@noffn.org

MCCNO Communications Department
Phone: 504.582.3027
E-mail: comm@mccno.com