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Alternative Poultry Feeds

Alternative Poultry Feeds

By Margo Hale, NCAT Livestock Specialist and Southeast Regional Office Director Finding sources of feed often presents a challenge for sustainable or organic poultry producers. Many producers would like to source local and organic feeds, and many would prefer diets that do not rely heavily on corn and soybeans. In order to do this, farmers… Read More >

Japanese Beetles: Exotic Pests and Domestic Defenses

Japanese Beetles:  Exotic Pests and Domestic Defenses

By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Ever since Columbus sailed the ocean blue, travel and trade between the eastern and western hemispheres have been responsible for releasing stowaway pests and diseases into ecosystems unprepared for their devastations. Some of these are quite famous, like Dutch elm disease and chestnut blight, both brought from the… Read More >

Applications Open for Armed to Urban Farm in Cleveland, OH

Applications Open for Armed to Urban Farm in Cleveland, OH

In partnership with the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and Holden Forests & Gardens, NCAT is bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) veterans training to Cleveland, Ohio, for a special event focused on urban farming. Armed to Urban Farm will give military veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and learn… Read More >

New Partnerships Will Grow Farm to School Efforts

New Partnerships Will Grow Farm to School Efforts

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) are pleased to announce their partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) to develop farm to school trainings for agricultural producers. The goal of the partnership is to help agricultural producers build their… Read More >

The Disease Triangle and the Rotten Rainbow

The Disease Triangle and the Rotten Rainbow

Excessive Rain Causes Challenges for Fruit Growers By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist The so-called Disease Triangle is a Venn diagram that illustrates the interplay among the factors that cause disease. The factors that must be present for disease to occur are: a susceptible host, the presence of the pathogen, and a conducive environment.… Read More >

Disease Resistance Among Apple Varieties

Disease Resistance Among Apple Varieties

It’s Relative, Not Absolute! By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist The concept of disease resistance among apple varieties seems to be often misunderstood.  Rarely is resistance so strong that it is absolute or immune. There are some bona fide scab-immune apple varieties (e.g., Williams Pride, Liberty, Pristine, and Enterprise). And there are some cedar… Read More >

Be an Energy Corps Host!

Be an Energy Corps Host!

Your organization could benefit from hosting an Energy Corps member. The rewards are great, and the host requirements minimal. Energy Corp members serve for a year providing hands-on energy assistance and education. We have openings for host sites during the 2018-2019 service year in Montana. Follow this link for Host Site information and the application. Read More >

Our Own Rose Sullivan Retires

Our Own Rose Sullivan Retires

Rose Sullivan, librarian at the National Center for Appropriate Technology since 1978, has finally retired – at age 98.  After more than 40 years of service, she has decided to move on and enjoy time with family, friends, and a few good books. Staff at NCAT honored Rose with a party earlier in May and… Read More >

Land Management Monitoring Strategies and Workshop Announcement

Land Management Monitoring Strategies and Workshop Announcement

by Kara Kroeger As an effective land steward/manager we often contend with a number of factors that affect our plans and goals for our terrain. We are constantly faced with fluctuations in weather conditions that swing between droughts to floods. Due to these constant changes it can sometimes be hard to determine whether our management… Read More >

NCAT’s Annual Electronics Recycling Event

NCAT’s Annual Electronics Recycling Event

On Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. NCAT will host its annual electronics recycling event. It will be held in the parking lot on the north side of our building, located at 3040 Continental Drive in Butte. [map] New for 2019! Please note: we are not accepting CRT TVs and Monitors (the older… Read More >

NCAT Southeast Wraps Up Six-Session Workshop Series

NCAT Southeast Wraps Up Six-Session Workshop Series

NCAT Southeast staff recently wrapped up a series of workshops—one per month for six months—with the same group of farmers from Arkansas and Oklahoma. The “Taking Your Farm to the Next Level” workshop series started in November 2018 and concluded in April 2019. The participating farmers had several years of production experience, but wanted to… Read More >

“Petal Fall” Is a Key Time for Managing Fruit Tree Pests

“Petal Fall” Is a Key Time for Managing Fruit Tree Pests

By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Major pests of apples, peaches, plums, cherries, and pears enter and/or become active in orchards as soon as the petals begin falling from the flowers. In the eastern half of the United States the plum curculio (photo at right) moves from overwintering sites in or near the orchard… Read More >

Authors Quinn and Carlisle Speak at NCAT

Authors Quinn and Carlisle Speak at NCAT

Bob Quinn calls himself the “green economy cowboy.” On Earth Day, the organic agriculture innovator and sustainable energy entrepreneur stopped by NCAT’s Butte, Montana, headquarters to talk with staff and community members about his new book, Grain by Grain. His co-author, Liz Carlisle, also made the trip to NCAT. She’s a professor at Stanford University’s… Read More >

Great Pasty Throwdown Set for June 8

Great Pasty Throwdown Set for June 8

It seems like every grandmother and every restaurant in Butte, Montana, claims to make the tastiest pasty in town. Well, soon it will be time to put your pasty where your mouth is. All those boasts will be put to the test during the first annual Great Pasty Throwdown on Saturday, June 8, at the… Read More >

Join Our Wholesale Readiness Trainings in Texas

Join Our Wholesale Readiness Trainings in Texas

NCAT and The Common Market Texas are seeking produce growers looking to prepare for and succeed in selling to wholesale markets. The Common Market, originally started in Philadelphia, is a “nonprofit regional food distributor with a mission to connect communities with good food from sustainable family farms.” Common Market has recently expanded to Houston. NCAT… Read More >

Free Workshop: Learn to Put Your Land to Work

Free Workshop: Learn to Put Your Land to Work

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), the City of Fayetteville, and Cobblestone Farms are partnering to conduct the free “Putting Your Land to Work” workshop. Join us on Thursday, June 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cobblestone Farms in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Learn what you can do with your farm property, or what… Read More >

New Food Processing Guidebook for Farmers Available!

New Food Processing Guidebook for Farmers Available!

With help from a team of farmers, economists, and food experts, Mike Morris (National Center for Appropriate Technology) and Sue Beckwith (Texas Center for Local Food) have created an entertaining and useful new workbook, Beyond Fresh: a Food Processing Guide for Texas Farmers. Available from NCAT’s ATTRA website here for just $19.95, the book walks… Read More >

Growing Edible Mushrooms Workshop: Recap and Resources

Growing Edible Mushrooms Workshop: Recap and Resources

Twenty-five participants came from all over Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois to attend the Growing Edible Mushrooms workshop on Tuesday, April 2, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. NCAT’s Southeast Office partnered with Phillip Owens of the USDA ARS Dale Bumpers Small Farm Research Center and Gregory Ormsby Mori of the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry to… Read More >

Beginning Farmer Workshop with NCAT’s Luke Freeman

Beginning Farmer Workshop with NCAT’s Luke Freeman

Join NCAT Horticulture Specialist Luke Freeman and University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension staff for an information-packed evening designed to help beginning farmers plan for success. Workshop Details This workshop is geared towards beginning farmers or those who are considering getting into farming. Luke will talk about whole farm planning and selecting the right farm enterprise.… Read More >

Register Now! Lambing Production Weekend with NCAT’s Linda Coffey

Register Now! Lambing Production Weekend with NCAT’s Linda Coffey

Join NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey, Heifer Ranch staff, and USDA Agriculture Research Service’s (ARS) Dr. Joan Burke for an information-packed weekend all about lambing production! This Lambing Weekend will take place April 12-14, 2019, at the beautiful 1,200 acre Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. This event is the final in a series of four… Read More >

NCAT Southeast Hosts Inaugural Armed to Farm 2.0

NCAT Southeast Hosts Inaugural Armed to Farm 2.0

We held our first Armed to Farm 2.0 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, February 25-March 1, 2019. This training was open to veterans who had previously attended one of our Armed to Farm training events. We had a fantastic group of 18 participants, from 10 states, for the week. They represented nine Armed to Farm events from… Read More >

Livestock Workshop at Reyer Farms a Success

Livestock Workshop at Reyer Farms a Success

This blog post was written by NCAT Intern Asha Tillman Five days before spring, a combination of aspiring farmers and established farmers participated in a livestock workshop held on Reyer Farms of Lena, MS. NCAT Gulf States Regional Director Rock Woods and farm owner Jody Reyer led the workshop in partnership with Alcorn State University’s… Read More >

New at ATTRA: Videos on Pruning Grapes

New at ATTRA: Videos on Pruning Grapes

Have you pruned your grapevines yet? Annual pruning is critical to healthy, productive grape vines. Growers should prune grapes in late winter or early spring before new growth begins, then return mid-season to cluster thin. In two new videos from NCAT, which are part of the High Tunnel Grape Project video series, we’ll show you… Read More >

Applications Available for Indiana Armed to Farm Veteran Training

Applications Available for Indiana Armed to Farm Veteran Training

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training. ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a viable career. About Armed to Farm ATF’s engaging blend of farm tours,… Read More >

Pruning Fruit Trees for Organic Disease Management

Pruning Fruit Trees for Organic Disease Management

The following blog is an excerpt from a soon-to-be completed publication on pruning fruit trees by NCAT Horticulture Specialist Guy Ames (right).  Given the season—time to prune!—we wanted to get this out to our clients. You can contact Guy or our other horticulture specialists with questions about fruit tree production by emailing askanag@ncat.org or calling… Read More >

NCAT Staff Savor Southern SAWG Conference Experience

NCAT Staff Savor Southern SAWG Conference Experience

NCAT Southeast agriculture specialists Margo Hale, Linda Coffey, Guy Ames, Nina Prater, and Luke Freeman made the (relatively) short trip from Fayetteville to Little Rock, Arkansas, last month for the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Conference. Following is a reflection on their experience at this popular annual event. The SSAWG Conference draws a very… Read More >

NCAT Hosting Listening Sessions with Mississippi Farmers

NCAT Hosting Listening Sessions with Mississippi Farmers

As agriculture specialists, we tend to spend a lot of our time at the front of the room teaching at workshops or conferences but this winter we’ve had a chance to listen and take notes ourselves. In January, NCAT Gulf States staff Rockiell Woods, Felicia Bell, Liz Broussard, and Sam Humphrey organized the first two… Read More >

Defeating Parasites in Sheep and Goats: Webinar Series

Defeating Parasites in Sheep and Goats: Webinar Series

Internal parasites are the worst health problem for small ruminants, and can be devastating to a flock or herd. It is possible to combat this persistent enemy, though! ATTRA – Sustainable Agriculture and Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) are teaming up to offer a three-part webinar series that will teach producers tools and strategies to… Read More >

Armed To Farm Heads To Bozeman, Montana

Armed To Farm Heads To Bozeman, Montana

Applications due February 28th, 2019 The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our Armed to Farm (ATF) training in Bozeman, Montana, set for April 8 through 12. The week-long ATF training gives veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable, small-scale farming… Read More >

High Tunnel Tour Recap, Research Results, and Resources

High Tunnel Tour Recap, Research Results, and Resources

High tunnel production had top billing at the recent Arkansas-Oklahoma Horticulture Industries Show held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in January. NCAT’s Horticulture Specialist Luke Freeman helped lead a pre-conference tour of high tunnels at the University of Arkansas Research Farm on Thursday, January 3. Several presenters discussed high tunnel fruit and vegetable production during the conference… Read More >

Apply Now for Incubator Farm Plots in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Apply Now for Incubator Farm Plots in Fayetteville, Arkansas

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is excited to announce that applications are open for incubator farm plots through our Woolsey Farm Project! Spearheaded by NCAT Southeast’s Luke Freeman, the Woolsey Farm Project is a collaboration between NCAT, Cobblestone Farms, and the City of Fayetteville. The project aims to provide beginning farmers with access… Read More >

NCAT Northeast: Year in Review

NCAT Northeast: Year in Review

2018 was a full year for us. Join NCAT Northeast Regional Director Andy Pressman as he takes a short look at some of our major successes and what we have in store for the coming years. Read More >

NCAT Southeast Ag Specialists Set to Speak at Southern SAWG Conference

NCAT Southeast Ag Specialists Set to Speak at Southern SAWG Conference

Are you headed to the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s (SSAWG) annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas later this week? Almost all of the NCAT Southeast staff will be there! Margo Hale, Linda Coffey, Guy Ames, and Luke Freeman will speak at concurrent general conference sessions on Friday. On Saturday, Margo and Linda will facilitate… Read More >

How May We Serve You Better?

How May We Serve You Better?

For the past 43 years, NCAT has helped Americans develop sustainable agriculture, build community food systems, and create local energy solutions. Now we’re looking to the future, and we want to hear from you. Please help us help you more effectively! NCAT is working with an independent communications firm to conduct a short survey to… Read More >

Conference Sneak Peak: Horticulture Industries Show and High Tunnel Tour

Conference Sneak Peak: Horticulture Industries Show and High Tunnel Tour

Thinking ahead to your New Year’s resolutions? Add attending the Oklahoma & Arkansas Horticulture Industries Show (HIS) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to the list! Join NCAT Horticulture Specialists Guy Ames and Luke Freeman at this popular event on January 4 and 5, 2019. Each year, HIS brings dozens of speakers together to provide regionally-appropriate information on specialty… Read More >

Ruminating on Small Ruminants at the Missouri Livestock Symposium

Ruminating on Small Ruminants at the Missouri Livestock Symposium

NCAT Southeast Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey traveled to Kirksville, Missouri, last week for the very popular Missouri Livestock Symposium, which draws thousands of attendees from across the U.S. Linda shares her reflections on the trip below. Friday Evening Activities and Keynote I enjoyed representing NCAT at the Missouri Livestock Symposium. As usual, a great crowd… Read More >

Meeting with a Mission: Helping Veterans Succeed in Agriculture

Meeting with a Mission: Helping Veterans Succeed in Agriculture

NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and Armed to Farm Coordinator Robyn Metzger recently traveled to Kansas City for the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) Stakeholders Conference. Following is their report on the trip. From November 14-17, we joined hundreds of farmer-veterans, representatives from government agencies, and other support organizations at the FVC Stakeholders Conference. These… Read More >

NCAT Partnering With Foot Print Farms for Upcoming Workshop

NCAT Partnering With Foot Print Farms for Upcoming Workshop

Local farms play a critical role in increasing healthy food access for urban and rural communities alike.  An upcoming workshop in Jackson, MS, will be highlighting opportunities in urban farming, backyard production, and marketing direct to consumers and restaurants, as well as other related topics.  The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), with the support… Read More >

Fall on the Demonstration Farm: Season of Transition

Fall on the Demonstration Farm: Season of Transition

Farm Manager Sam Humphrey has been transitioning from summer crops to fall crops for weeks now.  It is a slow process as summer crops gradually taper off.  Meanwhile the fall crops that thrive in cooler weather make the journey from seed to transplant to field. Sam has pulled out the tomatoes that he painstakingly grew… Read More >

Energy Audits Available for Healthcare Facilities

Energy Audits Available for Healthcare Facilities

Our Energy Services team is working with the Montana Facility Finance Authority (MFFA) to help nonprofit hospitals, clinics, senior living facilities, group homes, and pre-release centers become more energy efficient. MFFA is providing grants of up to $15,000 to these nonprofits so that our professional staff can conduct an energy audit of your facility. NCAT… Read More >

‘Grant Writing for Farmers’ Workshop Proves Popular

‘Grant Writing for Farmers’ Workshop Proves Popular

Producers can add value to raw agricultural products in a multitude of ways such as drying or canning, but often this requires an upfront investment in materials, processing equipment, or marketing that can be difficult to fund. This is where a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) can help, but the application process can be daunting. … Read More >

First Workshop in Series a Success

First Workshop in Series a Success

Back in the heat of August, around 30 farmers convened at the 34th Street Wholistic Garden & Education Center in Gulfport, MS, for a hands-on workshop titled “Growing in the City.”  Gulf States Regional Director Rock Woods and Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell joined with 34th Street’s Executive Director, Mr. James Franklin, to lead this one-day workshop,… Read More >

NCAT Hosting Small Farm Equipment Workshop in Mississippi

NCAT Hosting Small Farm Equipment Workshop in Mississippi

Farms come in all types and sizes, from hundreds of acres to tens of square feet.  Knowing what tools are the best fit for your purpose, scale of operation, and budget can be hard.  An upcoming workshop in Mound Bayou, MS, will be focused on how to select the right equipment for a wide range… Read More >

NCAT Specialist Pens Biochar Article

NCAT Specialist Pens Biochar Article

NCAT’s own Jeff Schahczenski, agriculture and economics specialist, published an article about biochar and organic agriculture that was featured in the Organic Farmer magazine. Jeff writes that biochar in agriculture has become a “movement” but points out the difficulties in even establishing a definition for it. “The range of topics and issues surrounding biochar are… Read More >

Battling Borers in Organic Apple Production

Battling Borers in Organic Apple Production

NCAT Horticulture Specialist Guy Ames has operated Ames Orchard & Nursery since 1983. In this guest post, he shares his hard-earned wisdom on strategies for dealing with apple tree borers. ORGANIC APPLE PRODUCTION IN THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES has many challenges, and controlling trunk borers is one of the most serious. Left unchallenged, borers can… Read More >

Thompson Takes NCAT Helm

Thompson Takes NCAT Helm

Steve Thompson has been named the new Executive Director for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Thompson replaces Kathleen Hadley, who has served as the organization’s leader since 1997 and on staff for over 30 years. Ms. Hadley, who is retiring, will remain in an advisory role for the organization for the near future.… Read More >

Register Today for Oct. 18 Beginning Farmer Livestock Workshop

Register Today for Oct. 18 Beginning Farmer Livestock Workshop

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the University of Arkansas are teaming up to offer a workshop for beginning livestock farmers on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The workshop will take place at The Farm at Barefoot Bend in Lonsdale, Arkansas, which is located between Little Rock and Hot Springs. NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and… Read More >

Apply Now for ATTRA Farm Management Course

Apply Now for ATTRA Farm Management Course

Are you ready to take your farm to the next level? The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from farmers who would like to participate in the “Taking Your Farm to the Next Level” training course. This six-part course will equip farmers and ranchers with the business and financial management skills… Read More >

Mississippi Food Systems Leaders Convene for Training

Mississippi Food Systems Leaders Convene for Training

The National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative – which includes Mileston Cooperative, Choctaw Fresh Produce, Mississippi Farm to School Network, FoodCorps, and the Steps Coalition – hosted a two-day gathering of current and emerging leaders who are passionate about further building equitable Mississippi food systems. On June 27-28, a cohort of 36… Read More >

Produce Growers: Register Now for Postharvest Handling Workshop

Produce Growers: Register Now for Postharvest Handling Workshop

On Wednesday, October 10, NCAT agriculture specialists Luke Freeman and Andy Pressman will team up with educators from the University of Arkansas and Heifer USA to present Scaling up Your Produce Farm: Postharvest Handling for Intermediated Markets. This one-day workshop is designed to help fruit and vegetable growers enter new markets. Workshop Details This on-farm workshop will… Read More >

Applications Open for Armed to Urban Farm in Washington, D.C.

Applications Open for Armed to Urban Farm in Washington, D.C.

In partnership with the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), NCAT is bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training to Washington, D.C., for a special event focused on urban farming. Armed to Urban Farm will give veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and learn about urban farming as a viable career.… Read More >

Spring at the Mississippi NCAT Demonstration Farm

Spring at the Mississippi NCAT Demonstration Farm

Spring is well underway at the Mississippi NCAT Demonstration Farm!  New to our operation this year is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. This is basically a subscription program: Customers sign up for  a weekly veggie box delivery, lasting 12-weeks. Sam Humphrey, farm manager, has delivered this to customers for four weeks so far, and… Read More >

May 25 Webinar: Using Social Media to Grow Your Farm Business

May 25 Webinar: Using Social Media to Grow Your Farm Business

Wondering how to get started with social media on your farm? Looking for ways to improve your social media skills? Join Lauren Manning, partner at Ozark Pasture Beef in Fayetteville, AR, and NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Luke Freeman as they present a FREE webinar on social media marketing for farms. This hour-long webinar begins at 12:00… Read More >

Get Involved ~ Energy Corps

Get Involved ~ Energy Corps

We are recruiting now for members to begin service in October 2018. We invite you to check out our Available Positions, page. There you’ll find several open opportunities that we hope will inspire you. The Energy Corps AmeriCorps program was created to address unmet community energy needs by promoting sustainable energy consumption and education, fostering… Read More >

Free Screening of Wendell Barry Documentary

Free Screening of Wendell Barry Documentary

Join us for an exclusive screening, hosted by NCAT, of the Sundance Films documentary LOOK & SEE, a cinematic portrait of American farmer and writer Wendell Berry, on Tuesday, June 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Star Theater in Whitehall, Montana. Wendell Berry is one of America’s most significant living writers. The documentary captures… Read More >

Sheep and Goat Producer Dewayne Smith Shares his Wisdom

Sheep and Goat Producer Dewayne Smith Shares his Wisdom

At a Small Ruminants workshop NCAT held in 2016, Mississippi goat producer Mr. Dewayne Smith spoke to the attendees about the learning curve for farming.  He said, “No matter what we’re talking about, you cannot skip a step, you cannot find a shortcut.  A shortcut will cost you in the end.  You have got to… Read More >

Resources for Veterans: Armed to Farm

Resources for Veterans: Armed to Farm

NCAT’s Armed to Farm program gives military veterans and their partners an opportunity to explore the realities of profitable, small-scale, regenerative farming as a viable career. These intensive trainings bring veterans to the farm to get their hands dirty and feel what it’s like to operate diverse agricultural enterprises. Since 2010, NCAT has partnered with… Read More >

Weekly Harvest Newsletter

Weekly Harvest Newsletter

Published every Wednesday, the Weekly Harvest e-newsletter is a Web digest of sustainable agriculture news, resources, events and funding opportunities gleaned from the Internet. It has all the news you need to keep your operation sustainable and profitable. You can check out past issues on our ATTRA Sustainable Ag site, and sign up to receive… Read More >

“Our Farms, Our Future” Conference A Great Success!

“Our Farms, Our Future” Conference A Great Success!

More than 900 people made it to the “Our Farms, Our Future” conference in St. Louis – a celebration of the 30th anniversaries of both NCAT’s ATTRA Sustainable Ag program and USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE). And the crowd included a hearty sprinkling of NCAT folks: Guy Ames, Devona Bell, Felicia Bell, Linda… Read More >

Applications Available for Armed to Farm in New Hampshire

Applications Available for Armed to Farm in New Hampshire

Deadline to Apply is April 27 The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is bringing its Armed to Farm training to New Hampshire. Armed to Farm gives military veterans an opportunity to learn about transitioning to a farming life. Armed to Farm combines engaging classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities. Participants learn about… Read More >

Cultivating Accessible Opportunities for Veterans in Agriculture

Cultivating Accessible Opportunities for Veterans in Agriculture

A Beginning Farmer Training NCAT Northeast Regional Office Director Andy Pressman is teaming up with Growing Warriors, the Kentucky AgrAbility Project, and Kentucky State University (KSU) to present Cultivating Accessible Opportunities for Veterans in Agriculture. This FREE, one-day workshop will take place April 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the KSU Research Farm,… Read More >

FoodCorps Mississippi Participates in National Day of Service

FoodCorps Mississippi Participates in National Day of Service

FoodCorps Mississippi service members participated in National Day of Service events across Mississippi on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and at one service site, 34th Street Wholistic Gardens and Education Center, over fifty volunteers rallied to make major headway on increasing available growing space. There were raised garden beds to be filled and a hoop… Read More >

Mississippi NCAT Demonstration Farm Hosts Successful Alliance Field Day

Mississippi NCAT Demonstration Farm Hosts Successful Alliance Field Day

NCAT was excited to partner with the Alliance of Sustainable Farms to host a workshop at our demonstration farm at The Piney Woods School (PWS) on Friday, December 15.  Approximately 35 farmers attended this one-day workshop to learn about small farm equipment, cover crops, hoop house production, and farm to school programs. Sam Humphrey, NCAT’s demonstration… Read More >

Applications Available for Armed to Farm in California

Applications Available for Armed to Farm in California

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training to California for the first time. ATF gives veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career. ATF combines engaging classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities. Participants learn about… Read More >

NCAT/ATTRA Launches New Networking Tools for Military Veterans in Agriculture

NCAT/ATTRA Launches New Networking Tools for Military Veterans in Agriculture

Veterans, farmers, and organizations working with veterans in agriculture have two new ways to connect with each other: the Farmland, Farm Employment, and Training Program Locator database, and the Veterans in Agriculture Listserv, an email discussion list. Farmland, Farm Employment, and Training Program Locator Database This new, national database is a one-stop shop for information… Read More >

Fall Livestock Workshop Round-up

Fall Livestock Workshop Round-up

NCAT Southeast staff members Linda Coffey and Margo Hale teamed up with Ozark Pasture Beef (OPB) business partners Ann Wells and Ron Morrow to host a Producing and Marketing Grass-finished Beef and Lamb workshop on Thursday, October 19, in Fayetteville, AR. Ron was state grazing lands specialist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in… Read More >

Energy Services Helps College With Lighting

Energy Services Helps College With Lighting

A crew of NCAT energy engineers, program specialists, and Energy Corps AmeriCorps members headed to the University of Montana Western campus in Dillon, Montana, recently to conduct a campus-wide audit of lighting.  The team members assessed interior and exterior lighting in more than 20 buildings and common areas. The goal of the project is to… Read More >

Veteran Scholarships Available for Sustainable Ag Conference

Veteran Scholarships Available for Sustainable Ag Conference

Annual Southern SAWG conference focuses on practical advice for farmers. Limited scholarships are available for military veterans who would like to attend Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s (SAWG) annual Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference. Learn more → Read More >

FoodCorps Arkansas Orientation Has Recipe for Successful Service

FoodCorps Arkansas Orientation Has Recipe for Successful Service

Eleven FoodCorps Arkansas service members are serving in 19 schools in the state during the 2017-2018 school year. The group came together, along with FoodCorps Arkansas Fellow Amy Joens and NCAT staff members, for a state orientation September 18-20, 2017. One Part Classroom, One Part Kitchen The group spent their first day of training at… Read More >

Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Pre-Conference Farmer Reception and Mini-Workshop

Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Pre-Conference Farmer Reception and Mini-Workshop

Calling Mississippi Farmers! The Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference is almost here, and NCAT invites farmers to a special pre-conference event. The evening before the conference, October 11th, from 4 to 7 p.m., NCAT is hosting a pre-conference mini-workshop and reception for farmers.  The event, held at Foot Print Farms, 4945 South Drive, Jackson, MS… Read More >

Free Grass-finished Beef and Lamb Workshop

Free Grass-finished Beef and Lamb Workshop

Join NCAT and the farmers of Ozark Pasture Beef for a one-day workshop focused on producing and marketing grass-finished beef and lamb. Business partners Ron Morrow and Ann Wells of Ozark Pasture Beef are highly experienced farmers, grazing managers, animal handlers, marketers, and educators, and will share a wealth of information with participants. Activities will… Read More >

On the Road Again—Armed to Farm Edition

On the Road Again—Armed to Farm Edition

NCAT Southeast’s Regional Director Margo Hale had a busy August traveling to the Northeast, where she joined NCAT’s Northeast Regional Director Andy Pressman in facilitating two Armed to Farm events. Read on for Margo’s report about how she spent part of her summer. Queensbury, New York, July 31-August 4 Twenty-five attendees from all over New… Read More >

NCAT Offers Home Energy Rater Training

NCAT Offers Home Energy Rater Training

Interested in a career in residential energy efficiency and building performance? Here’s your chance to learn about energy-related design elements and equipment for an energy-efficient home and prepare to become a certified Home Energy Rater (HERS). NCAT is offering a week-long comprehensive residential energy efficiency and building performance training based on RESNET Home Energy Rater… Read More >

Cooking Class with MS Food Justice Collaborative Partners

Cooking Class with MS Food Justice Collaborative Partners

Gulf States Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell stepped out of the field and into the kitchen on August 12 to teach a class on healthy cooking. Her students were farmers from the Mileston Cooperative as well as local families, who joined Felicia to learn some cooking techniques to prepare fresh, simple, healthy meals. This event, arranged… Read More >

Ultra-Local Food for The Piney Woods School

Ultra-Local Food for The Piney Woods School

NCAT’s Gulf States demonstration farm has been producing a bumper crop of different varieties of peppers this summer, and on September 7, the students of The Piney Woods School got to enjoy some for lunch in their cafeteria. This all came together because of the work of FoodCorps alumna, Sara Hazelnis, who has been hired as… Read More >

Food Safety Training: Getting Acquainted with Good Agricultural Practices

Food Safety Training: Getting Acquainted with Good Agricultural Practices

Guest Post by NCAT Horticulture Specialist Luke Freeman In August I visited Caston’s Blueberry Farm in Onia, Arkansas, for a food safety training that focused on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification and preparing farmers for a GAP audit. Many produce growers in the state are becoming interested in GAP certification as large buyers are starting… Read More >

Farm Intern Lashayda Sandifer’s NCAT Experience

Farm Intern Lashayda Sandifer’s NCAT Experience

The NCAT Gulf States team has been working hard to establish the demonstration farm this year, so we added another member to our team for the season.  NCAT intern Lashayda Sandifer, senior at Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS, has been helping farm manager Sam Humphrey keep up with the many summer tasks that need to… Read More >

WABI News Featured Maine Armed to Farm

WABI News Featured Maine Armed to Farm

Read the original story and see the video here. Story by Alyssa Thurlow of WABI. MONROE, Maine (WABI) “We have a saying in our family, better be lucky than good because we didn’t know half of what Maine does for it’s farmers.” From the military to farming, you could say the owners of Chase Stream… Read More >

NCAT survey seeks grower feedback on crop insurance

NCAT survey seeks grower feedback on crop insurance

Calling all growers: Help create a more level crop insurance playing field by taking a 20-minute survey at www.ncat.org/cropinsurance. Background: Crop insurance not only helps farms and ranches survive weather-related losses, but is required for many loans. The 2014 Farm Bill required the USDA to create new insurance products tailored to the needs of organic,… Read More >

Truck Donated to Demonstration Farm

Truck Donated to Demonstration Farm

Thanks to a financial contribution from an anonymous donor, we recently purchased a pickup truck for use on our small-scale demonstration farm behind our headquarters in Butte, Montana. We bought a used but well-kept Ford Ranger as well as a flatbed trailer. According to John Wallace, our demonstration farm manager, the truck is a most… Read More >

NCAT Offering October Armed to Farm Veteran Training in Montana

NCAT Offering October Armed to Farm Veteran Training in Montana

Please Note: Applications are no longer being accepted. The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) Training. ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a viable career. ATF’s engaging… Read More >

Energy Corps Makes It Happen!

Energy Corps Makes It Happen!

An Energy Corps AmeriCorps member can bring vitality and enthusiasm to your clean energy or environmental project, and NCAT is now accepting applications from organizations in Montana interested in hosting a member. Energy Corps members are motivated and committed individuals who help with projects involving energy education and outreach, hands-on energy assistance, and community energy… Read More >

Get The Dirt from NCAT Southeast

Get The Dirt from NCAT Southeast

Welcome to the summer edition of NCAT Southeast’s newsletter, The Dirt! We hope you’re enjoying this season of garden-fresh veggies and fruit, longer days, and bright sunshine. We’ve been busy in the office producing podcasts, publications, and tutorials, but we’ve also had a chance to get outside for some fun workshops—read about them below. You… Read More >

Arkansas Armed to Farm Trains 30 Veterans

Arkansas Armed to Farm Trains 30 Veterans

We recently trained our largest Armed to Farm class since the program began in 2013: 30 veterans from 15 states spent June 12-16 in Fayetteville, AR, learning about small-scale sustainable farming. If you’ve ever wondered exactly what we do all week, check out our detailed recap below! Monday: We spent the morning in the classroom,… Read More >

Armed to Farm Alumni Spotlight: Eric Grandon

Armed to Farm Alumni Spotlight: Eric Grandon

In 2011, Eric Grandon was searching his land for an answer. Eric served nearly 20 years in the Army, completing six deployments to the Middle East including combat tours during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. In 2011, Eric found himself in the middle of a PTSD flashback that left him unable to… Read More >

Summer on the Mississippi Demo Farm

Summer on the Mississippi Demo Farm

After a busy spring of preparations, demonstration farm manager Sam Humphrey got to enjoy the satisfaction of a harvest this week.  He picked the first of his crop of banana peppers and says they tasted delicious!  He is closely watching the tomatoes as they set fruit and the other varieties of peppers he planted, anticipating… Read More >

Farmers Learn Finances

Farmers Learn Finances

Regional Director Rockiell Woods is finishing up a series of workshops for Mississippi farmers and ranchers this month, teaching producers about financial opportunities that they might have been unaware of, or that might have seemed unattainable. The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers financial assistance to farmers nationwide, but many farmers are either unaware of… Read More >

Need Help With Your Energy Efficiency or Conservation Project?

Need Help With Your Energy Efficiency or Conservation Project?

Let Energy Corps help! NCAT is now accepting applications from organizations in Montana interested in hosting an Energy Corps AmeriCorps member. An Energy Corps member can bring energy and enthusiasm to your clean energy or environmental project. Here are some of the ways Energy Corps members can make it happen: Help Low-Income Folks with Weatherization… Read More >

The Dirt
Montana

The DirtMontana

Fresh Updates From NCAT’s Sustainable Agriculture and Energy Staff It’s going to be another lovely summer in Montana, and our staff at the National Center for Appropriate Technology are making the most of the sunshine and long hours to promote healthy, local foods and energy efficiency for all of the state. Read on to catch… Read More >

Don’t Miss Census of Agriculture for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

Don’t Miss Census of Agriculture for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

The 2017 Census of Agriculture, a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them, will be mailed at the end of this year. The Census is conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a… Read More >

NCAT Annual Plant Sale
Thursday June 8th
Butte, Montana

NCAT Annual Plant SaleThursday June 8th Butte, Montana

The National Center for Appropriate Technology will hold its Annual Spring Plant Sale Thursday, June 8th in the NCAT’s North parking lot from 3pm to 5:30pm. Healing Waters will be joining us again this year with flowers and more selection. Available Varieties Tomatoes: Cherry Golden Nugget (56 days) Produces a very mild and sweet flavor… Read More >

Electronic Recycling
Tuesday June 13th
Butte, Montana

Electronic RecyclingTuesday June 13thButte, Montana

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:00am to 6:00pm NCAT Headquarters 3040 Continental Drive Butte Montana NCAT will host its annual electronics recycling event. It will be held in the parking lot on the north side of our building, located at 3040 Continental Drive in Butte. [map] New for 2017 All CRT (tube-type, non-flatscreen) computer monitors and… Read More >

The Dirt
Gulf States

The DirtGulf States

Good News from NCAT’s Gulf States Region! We were given a truck! A huge thank you to Patty Peck Honda for donating a truck to be used at the demonstration farm! Their generosity will help our team get things rolling on the farm this spring! NCAT Demonstration Farm Anticipation, hope, and determination are in the… Read More >

Ecological Fisheries and Ocean Farming

Ecological Fisheries and Ocean Farming

World seafood production is increasing, with a large percentage coming from the harvest of fish and shellfish in both wild caught fisheries and aquaculture. As human population increases more pressure will be placed on our oceans for seafood protein. To meet this need, it is crucial that we foster ecological and regenerative systems to produce… Read More >

Farm-Based Food Safety Training Coming to Montana

Farm-Based Food Safety Training Coming to Montana

Fresh-produce farmers will be able to see and experience practical on-farm solutions to developing their food safety plans this summer at two farm-based food safety trainings. These workshops are designed for fresh-produce growers who want to enter into wholesale markets that may require a food safety plan, or for producers who are curious about the… Read More >

FREE “Planning for Success” Workshops for Vegetable Producers

FREE “Planning for Success” Workshops for Vegetable Producers

With support from the Southern Extension Risk Management Center and Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, NCAT and Heifer International are offering a double-header of workshops for vegetable producers. These events will help you hone your production and business management skills to improve your operation’s efficiency and profitability. Day 1 — Planning for Success: Sustainable… Read More >

Help #SaveLIHEAP from Federal Budget Cuts

Help #SaveLIHEAP from Federal Budget Cuts

LIHEAP was designed to address energy crises and target vulnerable populations most susceptible to extreme heat and cold. In 2016, the program served more than 6 million households with home heating and cooling assistance, weatherization, and/or energy-related low-cost home repairs or replacements. More than 70 percent of LIHEAP households had at least one person that… Read More >

SAVE The Date! 3rd Annual Latino Farmer Conference

SAVE The Date! 3rd Annual Latino Farmer Conference

The 3rd Annual Latino Farmer Conference will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017, in Palm Desert, California.  NCAT and NRCS are excited to hold this unique event in Southern California, and we look forward to seeing you there!  Please check our Facebook page and website  for more details as they become available. Read More >

Applications Available for June Armed to Farm Veteran Training

Applications Available for June Armed to Farm Veteran Training

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) Training. ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a viable career. ATF’s engaging blend of farm tours, hands-on experience, and interactive… Read More >

Armed to Farm Veteran Training,
Fayetteville, Arkansas,
June 12-16

Armed to Farm Veteran Training,Fayetteville, Arkansas,June 12-16

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) Training. ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a viable career. Armed to Farm will take place June 12-16, 2017, in… Read More >