Many NCAT projects are national in scope. In addition, regional offices often have special initiatives in their own areas, or collaborate with other local and regional organizations on projects of local interest. This page describes NCAT's regional offices and provides updates on their activities in the communities and regions they serve.
NCAT's headquarters office has been located in the historic Silver Bow County Poor Farm Hospital building in Butte, Montana, since 1976. This office, NCAT's largest, houses NCAT's Accounting, Personnel, and Information Services offices, as well as the Executive Director.
NCAT has been an active member of the Butte community for many years, making its Resource Center available to the public and offering demonstrations of renewable energy and sustainable building technologies.
NCAT opened an office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in the late 1980s. Today the office is located in the heart of Fayetteville, on
the first floor of the historic Walker-Stone House, built in 1845. It functions as a hub for NCAT's sustainable agriculture activities throughout the Southeast.
NCAT's Southeast office has cooperated with educational institutions in the area over the course of many years, providing expert speakers for courses, working collaboratively on research projects, and offering internships for students from schools such as the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and in Pine Bluff.
NCAT's Northeast office opened in January of 2007, and is located at
"The Lands at Hillside Farms," a nonprofit organization that maintains an historic farm. By virtue of its location, this office is well-positioned to work with a number of other regional organizations, and to provide technical assistance and outreach to individuals and groups in the area.
The Northeast office is particularly active in
promoting sustainable agriculture, local foods, and renewable sources of farm energy.
Lee Rinehart and Andy Pressman will be conducting SPIN-Farming™ Workshops this fall. These hands-on workshops will focus on SPIN's organic-based processes and techniques that are different from conventional farming methods, or from home gardening. Read more ››
NCAT Northeast staff members have been traveling to and presenting at a variety of regional events during the winter. Their presentations covered topics such as farm energy conservation and alternatives, small plot intensive farming, organic farming, and livestock pasture management.
NCAT's Northeast office is completing a publication on local food systems, as part of their ongoing work in that arena.
NCAT is collaborating with
The Intervale in Burlington, Vermont
to publish a guidebook for organizations interested in developing a farmer incubator program in their area.
NCAT's California office is located at the historic Glide Ranch in Davis, with the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. The California office helps NCAT to meet the needs of a large and diverse agricultural community. It serves as a hub for NCAT's work with immigrant and Spanish-speaking farmers.
NCAT collaborates with many government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the region, offering training on transitioning to organic agriculture, direct marketing, and other sustainable agriculture topics.
California office staff members have recently spearheaded the translation and production of several ATTRA publications in Spanish, and also worked on text and translations for three new Spanish-language resources about community food security, developed in English by the Community Food Security Coalition and World Hunger Year. The flyers can be found and downloaded in PDF at ATTRA's Spanish-language website.
Staff members have also been aiding in planning for two major conferences held in California. Karen Van Epen helped to
organize Spanish-language workshops for the Ecological Farming Conference held January 21-24, and Rex Dufour participated in planning the California Small Farm Conference set for March 1-3, where he will lead an organics tour.
|The NCAT Midwest Office|
Our Iowa office has also just moved to new quarters in order to accommodate the recent additions to staff. Address for the new space is Suite 1101, 206 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309. The phone numbers remain unchanged at: (515)288-0460 and (877)327-6379 respectively. Regional director Hannah Lewis and all the staff are enjoying their new place, and look forward to having visitors..
In addition to providing NCAT an anchor in the heart of the Farm Belt for its sustainable agriculture work, the Midwest Office is deeply involved in local food system development in its region.
|Atlee B. Ayers Building, San Antonio, Texas|
To better serve individuals and businesses in the Southwest, NCAT opened a regional office in San Antonio, TX. Opened Friday, October 1, the office is located in the Atlee B. Ayers Building, named after its well-known architect, and is just one block away from the Alamo. "We are very pleased that we can respond to the increased demand for our programs and service in this region by locating an office in Texas," said Kathy Hadley, Executive Director of NCAT. "We are now better able to provide the hands-on technical assistance and expertise for which we are nationally recognized to people in the Southwest."
NCAT Energy Specialist Mike Morris will head the regional office. Morris, who has been with NCAT since 1999, holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. He leads NCAT's farm energy team, and his project work has focused on helping individuals and communities to develop more sustainable ways of using energy and water.
Contact Morris at the new office:
118 Broadway, Suite 524
San Antonio, TX 78205.
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