The Recirculating Farms Coalition and the New Orleans Food and Farm Network are jointly hosting a sustainable urban farmer training program in New Orleans, Louisiana. The first classes are on Nov 10th and 11th 2012 9:30am - 5:30 pm.
With the goals of ramping up a local food economy and bringing affordable healthy food and green jobs to areas most in need, the program is designed to support new and beginning farmers by providing mentoring from experienced farmers, best growing practices, business plans and other critical information.
Participants will attend lectures, discussions, and hands-on workshops about growing techniques, land stewardship, business management, marketing strategies, and compliance with agricultural and environmental laws and regulations. Following the program, trainees will be able to participate for up to five days in an apprenticeship on local farms.
The program is especially unique because it joins recirculating water-based growing methods – like hydroponics (growing plants in water without soil), and aquaponics (growing plants in water without soil and fish together in one system) with traditional soil-based farming. One big advantage of recirculating farms is that they can be built virtually anywhere — indoors, on rooftops, or in oddly shaped urban lots where soil is paved or otherwise not fit for growing food. This makes them especially useful in cities like New Orleans.
AMPS, among others, is involved in this program.
It is a free class - but all participants must register to attend: NOLAfarmers@noffn.org or call 504-483-6967