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17th Annual Martin…

Feb 28 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Feb 28 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Feb 28 - Mar 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Ashe Showcase – Bless…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Celebrate with us, as we showcase everything Ashé. Tour the Power… more

BODY ELECTRIC Group…

Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2015
Inspired by Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric", this… more

Documentary ‘Big…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for the documentary film "Big Charity" at the Joy Theater.… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Feb 28 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

Freret Street Puliq…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Come and enjoy live music. more

Jefferson Arts…

Feb 28 - Mar 15, 2015
Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Feb 28 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Jon Cleary & the…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. more

Lauren Sturm

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
A spirited performer who can be seen regularly in venues of New Orleans, as… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Feb 28 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Neighborhood Pet…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Neighborhood Pet Adoption & Bake Sale, sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be… more

New Orleans Celtic…

Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2015
New Orleans Celtic Festival is an annual event dedicated to preserving and… more

New Zealand's - Black…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) presents New Zealand's premier… more

Octavia Art Gallery…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Edward Bear Miller's figurative, gestural, and bold representations of our… more

Pilates in the…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for Pilates in the Sculpture Garden, among NOMA's outstanding… more

Stage Door Canteen…

Feb 28 - Apr 5, 2015
"Always ... Patsy Cline," a musical play, complete with down-home… more

StoryQuest “Backyard,”

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Spark imagination, creativity, and a love of reading. Professional authors,… more

17th Annual Martin…

Feb 28 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… 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