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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 >