NCAT Gulf States Agriculture Program Specialist Felicia Bell was an invited speaker at a recent conference of the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association at the Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter in Baton Rouge.
Her topic, Legal Risk Management – Protecting Your Farm and Your Safety, was also recently presented at the NCAT office in Jackson, Miss., as part of the Empowering Small Farmers Series.
Bell and Outreach Coordinator Jim Ewing operated a booth at the Dec. 4 winter conference for Louisiana growers. About 150 people attended, but the Gulf States office distributed more than 600 publications on topics ranging from how to sell at farmers markets, to making use of on-farm agritourism, to natural beekeeping, to tips on selling to institutions such as public schools.
Field tours of broccoli and strawberry plots were conducted by Dr. Charlie Johnson and Dr. Kiki Fontenot of the LSU AgCenter.
A real treat was tasting satsumas grown on the grounds at the Burden Museum and Gardens.
For more on local and regional food systems, see the ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website: https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/local_food/
The Gulf States office is available to provide sustainable agriculture information and technical assistance across the five-state region: Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Call us for more information on how we can assist your organization, toll free: (866) 643-2767.