New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee

Food Production Resources

Interested in growing food for your family or to sell at a market or farm stand? Check out these helpful resouces! 

Finding Land

New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA). Nora owns approximately 2500 properties across the city, most of which are vacant lots that can be used for gardens, agriculture, and fruit orchards. Contact Brian Burns at bmburns@nola.gov for more information on the NORA Growing Green program.
1409 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113
504-658-4400

Farmland Calculator Tool 

Land Trust for Louisiana 

Growing Assistance

SPROUT NOLA. Focused on supporting established and developed farmers in the community. Find them on site at the ReFresh Project located in Broad Community Connections.
300 N. Broad St. Suite 208 New Orleans, LA 70119
504-535-6024
emily@sproutnola.org (partnering and volunteering)
margee@sproutnola.org (programming and classes)


Recirculating Farms Coalition. A collaborative group of farmers, educators, non-profit organizations, and many others committed to building local sources of healthy, accessible food.
5208 Magazine St. #191 New Orleans, LA 70115
844-732-3276
media@recirculatingfarms.org


Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter. The LSU AgCenter includes the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, which conducts agricultural-based research, and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, which extends the knowledge derived from research to the people of the state. The LSU AgCenter plays an integral role in supporting agricultural industries and enhancing the environment.
Orleans Parish Extension
1300 Perdido St. City Hall Rm. BW15 New Orleans, LA 70112
504-658-2900
web@agcenter.lsu.org

Southern SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education): Grants, research and outreach that lifts up innovators (from farmers to university researchers) sustainable agriculture, and rewards grant applicants who offer up interesting, potentially workable ideas. Funded by National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which falls under USDA funding and Farm Bill legislation.
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Southern SAWG): Southern SAWG's mission is to empower and inspire farmers, individuals, and communities in the South to create an agricultural system that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane.
LASAWG: The Louisiana Chapter of Southern SAWG meets independently several times a year.
Cornell Small Farms Program

New Orleans Food & Farm Network. Focused on increasing the market for local farmers, incubating farms, and training new farmers.
4840 Banks St. #A
504-872-0745
info@noffn.org


Professional Associations
Louisiana Master Gardeners
Greater New Orleans Growers Alliance: Meets monthly to share news and work on needs of local growers.
National Young Farmers Coalition: National network of new and beginning farmers that represents this group's needs to local and national lawmakers.

Marketing Assistance

 

Southern University Small Farmer Ag Leadership Training 
Food Safety Modernization Act
Growing for Market
USDA Organic Certification

Food Production Policy

National Organic Coalition: "The National Organic Coalition (NOC) is a national alliance of organizations working to provide a "Washington voice" for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and industry members involved in organic agriculture."
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: "The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities." The NSAC website features timely, researched, and persuasive information relating to national policies that affect the food system.

Looking for a different resource? Have a suggestion? Contact the Food Production Working Group co-chairs!