Urban Farming

Feb. 20, 9:00 am, Weinmann Hall, Room 151

Urban farming is gaining traction in cities all over the country, but faces a hodge-podge of local requirements. This panel will discuss the zoning laws that are currently in place, and what future policy choices might look like.

This panel is sponsored by Loyola University’s Center for Environmental Law!

CLE: Urban Farming Cufone CLE

Marianne Cufone, Executive Director, Recirculating Farms Coalition

Marianne Headshot 0116Marianne Cufone is the Founder and Executive Director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition, a New Orleans based national non-profit organization focused on supporting communities in building unique farms that grow fresh, affordable food using water-based methods such as hydroponics, aquaculture and aquaponics. She oversees the organization’s local staff and garden, Growing Local NOLA, in Central City. Marianne is also an environmental attorney, and long time social justice advocate, as well as a professional chef, trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute, a leading facility on health supportive culinary arts and theory. Marianne combines her life experience and education by working in natural resources management, focused on oceans, fisheries, food and agriculture for the past 20 years. She has directed assorted programs in environmental law and policy for national organizations, and since 2003, directs Environment Matters, a consulting firm that provides legal, policy and communications support to non-profit organizations on environmental issues. Marianne sits on natural resources advisory committees for local, state and the federal government. She currently heads an environmental policy lab at University of Loyola New Orleans, College of Law, and manages their environmental law program. She appears in print, television, radio, and other media, is published in various magazines and professional journals and testified before U.S. Congress as an expert. Marianne is a member of the Florida Bar; the United States District Courts, Middle District of Florida; the Louisiana Bar; the United States District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana; the U.S. Supreme Court; the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources; and the American Fisheries Society. She is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Miami.


Johanna Gilligan, Founder & Executive Director, Grow Dat Youth Farm

Johanna GilliganJohanna Gilligan began her in food education for over ten years ago at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In 2006, she returned to New Orleans to work with the New Orleans Food and Farm Network and later launched her own consulting business, Clean Plate Projects, LLC. Her most visible work as a consultant was school food reform with middle-school youth at the non-profit Rethink, which generated national attention for its innovative approach and hard-hitting success, eventually profiled on HBO’s “Weight of the Nation”. In 2011, Johanna founded Grow Dat Youth Farm in collaboration with Tulane University. Since inception, Grow Dat has become the largest farm in New Orleans, employing more than 150 young adults to grow over 40,000 pounds of food. Johanna has received many awards, including the City Park Presidential Award, the Young Alumnae Award from the Tulane University,City Business Woman of the Year nomination and the Gambit’s 40 under 40 award.


Emily Prince (moderator), Summit Executive Chair Emeritus, J.D. Candidate 2016

Emily Prince

Emily Prince served as the Executive Chair of the 20th Annual Environmental Law Summit in 2015. She is now a J.D. Candidate in her third year at Tulane University Law School, and will earn a certificate in Energy and Environmental Law. She is pursuing a career in utility regulatory compliance, and will be moving to Atlanta, Georgia after graduation. Emily has a diverse background, having worked for both an environmental public interest law firm and an investor owned utility. Prior to law school, Emily lived in Washington, D.C. where she worked in the U.S. Senate and in Governmental Affairs and Legislative Advocacy focusing in energy and environmental issues.




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