Please join us tonight for a presentation by Richard McCarthy
on “Cultivating Alternative Food Economies and Communities".
Richard McCarthy embodies the phrase, “think globally; act locally.” After growing up in New Orleans and earning his master’s degree at the London School of Economics, he co-founded the Crescent City Farmers Market in 1995. As executive director, he led the organization to grow from a weekly farmers market into marketumbrella.org, an internationally recognized mentor for markets, community-building and sustainable economic development with an annual operating budget of $750K and a staff of seven.
As it enters its 16th year, the Crescent City Farmers Market has a $9.88 million economic impact on the city and the region. By learning, sharing and growing, the larger marketumbrella.org cultivates the field of public markets for the public good. Richard, who is half-English and a fellow of the British American Project, carries his visionary social-entrepreneurial approach from New Orleans to the world. In 2002, he led a New Orleans delegation to the United Nations’ World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa, as well as to the preparatory meetings in Indonesia. He continues to travel frequently, giving communities everywhere the tools to manage their own lives and livelihoods.
He was the founding president of the Farmers Market Coalition [masked]). He served on the Project for Public Spaces’ public markets initiative [masked]). It resulted in $2 million in new grant money for public markets. Currently, Richard serves on the board of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee, the community advisory board of public radio station WWNO — 89.9 FM, and the community advisory board of the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. It is the first Alice Waters project outside Berkeley to encourage sustainable gardening and cooking among public school students. He was named a Public Health Champion in 2004 by the Tulane University School of Public Health. When he's not dreaming up new projects for marketumbrella.org or publishing articles in international media, Richard enjoys motoring around town on an Italian scooter, playing racquetball, cooking vegetarian meals and gardening. An admitted music junkie, his tastes run from chamber music to Indian techno.