NCAT Southeast Regional Office

SE Office Staff 2016
NCAT Southeast staff members. Back row, left to right:
Linda Coffey, Livestock Specialist; Luke Freeman, Horticulture Specialist; Margo Hale, Southeast Regional Office Director. Front row, left to right: Nina Prater, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist/Outreach Coordinator; Robyn Metzger, Program Assistant; Guy Ames, Horticulture Specialist.

 

SE Office
The NCAT Southeast Regional Office

NCAT opened an office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in the late 1980s. Today the office is located in the heart of Fayetteville, two blocks north of the historic downtown square. It functions as a hub for NCAT’s activities throughout the Southeast.

NCAT’s Southeast office staff members are involved in many different projects. Our agricultural specialists cover topics such as tree fruit production, livestock production, horticulture, soil health, and marketing for the ATTRA project. Staff members have conducted risk management training for beginning farmers and agricultural training for military veterans.

NCAT’s Southeast office also hosts FoodCorps Arkansas. We host a FoodCorps Fellow and service members who serve at schools throughout the state. Our FoodCorps service members work with school gardens, conduct hands-on nutrition education, and connect kids to local, healthy foods.

For 30 years, NCAT’s Southeast office has partnered with many individuals, educational institutions, and organizations to provide expert speakers for courses, collaborate on research projects, and lead workshops. Contact us today to find out how we can work together to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources.

For more information about our programs, see:
Armed to Farm

ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program

Arkansas FoodCorps
The Arkansas FoodCorps Facebook Page
National FoodCorps

Amy Joens
Amy Joens
Arkansas FoodCorps Fellow

The Dirt E-Newsletter

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Contact NCAT’s Southeast Office:
20 E. Spring St., Suite 101
PO Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 442-9824
(866) 442-6085
margoh@ncat.org

Incubator Farm Project in its Second Season

Incubator Farm Project in its Second Season

By Luke Freeman, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Photo at right: Sunflowers bloom in the farm plot of Jenni Vaughn, who joined the Incubator Farm Project in 2019. New Incubator Farmers We are excited to announce that we have two new incubator farmers participating in the Woolsey Incubator Farm program in Fayetteville, AR! Their names are Lucy… Continue Reading

Selling Meat During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Selling Meat During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Margo Hale, NCAT Southeast Regional Director and NCAT Livestock Specialist When the COVID-19 pandemic started, I, like many of you, was focused on working from home while also homeschooling my daughters. I was busy postponing and rescheduling several NCAT training events and figuring out how to best serve our ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture clients. As… Continue Reading

Pear Trees Exemplify Resilience

Pear Trees Exemplify Resilience

By Guy Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Photo: New leaves provide a startling and beautiful contrast to the diseased leaf on the left. “Resilience” is the latest buzz-word in the lexicon of sustainable agriculture. . .and for good reason. Resilience is the ability to recover or bounce back after a challenge or setback. In agriculture, it… Continue Reading

What the Brown Rot Hath Wrought

What the Brown Rot Hath Wrought

By Guy Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist I don’t grow peaches. That unhappy confession is despite the fact that I grow peach trees. And rot. I grow a lot of brown rot. In the humid eastern half of the United States, if you don’t somehow protect your peaches from both brown rot and the plum curculio, chances are your… Continue Reading

Dairy Goats for the Farm

Dairy Goats for the Farm

By Linda Coffey, NCAT Livestock Specialist Photo at right: Caramel and Rosie Petunia with Caramel’s new owner. Photo: Courtesy Paula Hartgrave. This week, I will be sending a young dairy goat named Caramel to a lovely family. The seven-year-old girl who will be in charge of the goat is so excited; she and her parents… Continue Reading

Wine Cap Mushroom Production: Getting Started

Wine Cap Mushroom Production: Getting Started

Photos and text by Nina Prater, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Image at right: Jeremy Prater practicing his shiitake mushroom inoculation skills at the mushroom workshop in Fayetteville, AR. Last year, the NCAT Southeast office partnered with the University of Missouri’s Agroforestry Center to host a one-day mushroom cultivation workshop in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Gregory Ormsby Mori… Continue Reading

Peach Leaf Curl

Peach Leaf Curl

By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist In Northwest Arkansas I’m seeing peach leaf curl in my orchard. It’s April, but the calendar date is not as important as the growth stage of the peaches. The professionals call this time “shuck split.” The “shuck,” or the last remnant of the flower, is splitting and falling… Continue Reading

Electric Deer Fence Tips and Resources

Electric Deer Fence Tips and Resources

By Luke Freeman, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Photo at right: Kenny Simon presenting at NCAT’s Deer Fence Workshop on October 15, 2019. Photo by Colin Massey, Arkansas Extension. Last November we hosted a workshop in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on constructing a low-cost, solar-powered electric deer fence for a farm, garden, or food plot. Since people are planting… Continue Reading

Elderberries: Easy to Grow Medicine

Elderberries: Easy to Grow Medicine

By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist I can hardly think of a perennial fruit easier to grow than elderberries. And I can hardly think of a food item with a stronger claim to health benefits. Coupling the ease of growing with this fruit’s new popularity as an effective medicine, this could be an opportune… Continue Reading