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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 >

The Dirt Montana

The Dirt Montana

Great Advertising for Producers The Farm to Cafeteria Network maintains a database on our webpage of both producers and institutions that are engaged in local procurement. Currently, we’re working in collaboration with Alternative Energy Resource Organization’s (AERO) Abundant Montana project to combine our mapping efforts and generate one comprehensive service. A go-to resource for farmer’s… Read More >

Earth Day Expo
Helena Montana

Earth Day ExpoHelena Montana

NCAT is a Seed-Sharer level co-sponsor of the Earth Day Expo in Helena. Sunday, April 23 11am – 3pm Carroll College PE Center Community workshops Interactive displays, educational materials, and giveaways from 40+ local organizations and businesses Food truck and live music Electronics recycling Activities for kids and adults Visit aeromt.org/earthday/ for more information. Read More >

The Dirt South East

The Dirt South East

Register Now for Arkansas Farm to School Summit NCAT and FoodCorps Arkansas, with support from Van Buren Public Schools, are hosting “Arkansas Farm to School Summit: Growing Together” on March 15, 2017 at King Elementary School in Van Buren, Arkansas. The event will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arkansas teachers, school nutrition staff,… Read More >

Montana Farm to Institution Producer Webinar, Thursday March 2nd

Montana Farm to Institution Producer Webinar, Thursday March 2nd

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) hosted a free, one-hour webinar for farmers and ranchers about selling to schools, hospitals, and other institutions. The webinar may be viewed here. Institutions in Montana represent a huge, but largely untapped market for our farmers and ranchers. The webinar will address the major concerns about working with… Read More >

The Dirt
Gulf States

The DirtGulf States

Gulf States Activities Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative: Establishing Partnership Fourteen people representing the six groups that form the Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative gathered for their first in-person meeting in Jackson on December 13. The groups that make up the Collaborative include the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Asian Americans for Change, FoodCorps, Mileston Cooperative… Read More >

Let’s Grow Together: NCAT and Partners to Host Farm to School Summit

Let’s Grow Together: NCAT and Partners to Host Farm to School Summit

Arkansas teachers, school nutrition staff, farmers, and parents, would you like to: Learn about using garden activities to teach your students? Serve local food in the school cafeteria? Sell your farm products to a school? Help your school adopt a healthy environment? Then this training is for you! The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)… Read More >

Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative: Establishing Partnership

Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative: Establishing Partnership

Fourteen people representing the six groups that form the Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative gathered for their first in-person meeting in Jackson, Mississippi on December 13, 2016.  The groups that make up the Collaborative include the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Asian Americans for Change, FoodCorps, Mileston Cooperative Association, Mississippi Farm to School Network, and… Read More >

Meet New Farm Manager, Sam Humphrey!

Meet New Farm Manager, Sam Humphrey!

This spring, we’ll be getting our hands dirty as we start the first growing season at the Gulf States Region Demonstration Farm, and NCAT welcomes Sam Humphrey, who has been hired to manage this new project. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, much of Sam’s childhood was spent playing in the outdoors (i.e., following the great… Read More >

LIHEAP Can Help Communities Address Extreme Weather

LIHEAP Can Help Communities Address  Extreme Weather

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that extreme cold weather caused more than 13,400 hypothermia deaths between 2003 and 2013. The people most at risk for weather related deaths include populations identified as vulnerable populations by LIHEAP – the elderly, disabled, and young children. The flexibility provided by LIHEAP’s block-grant structure can be… Read More >

Iinníí: The Power of Tradition

Iinníí: The Power of Tradition

Montana FoodCorps member Graham Schreiber had a once-in-a-lifetime experience last month when he joined members of the Blackfeet tribe in Browning to harvest a bison. As Graham writes, bison were a primary food source for many Northern Plains Native Americans, including the Blackfoot Confederacy. Referred to as iinníí in the Blackfeet language, bison also provided… Read More >

Catching Rainwater with Cows, Soil Microbes, and Electric Fencing

Catching Rainwater with Cows, Soil Microbes, and Electric Fencing

Excerpt taken from The Dirt Southwest Newsletter Now in its second year, NCAT’s Soil for Water initiative has already taught over 150 people, mostly landowners, how to build healthy soils that catch and hold more rainwater. In the late spring and summer our research team, led by students and faculty from Texas State University, set… Read More >

A Plan’s the Thing: NCAT Specialists to Lead Farm Planning Workshop

A Plan’s the Thing: NCAT Specialists to Lead Farm Planning Workshop

Join NCAT Agriculture Specialists Lee Rinehart and Andy Pressman at the Kentucky State University Third Thursday Thing to learn farm planning strategies that can lower risks, increase profits, and improve production. The workshop will take place on Jan. 19 in Frankfort, KY, and will partially coincide with a workshop scheduled on growing grapes. Attendees at… Read More >

Video Premiere

Video Premiere

  The National Center for Appropriate Technology’s video, A Culture of Health: Farm to Hospital in Montana, will premiere at the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest on January 21 in Polson, Montana. Read More >

Governor’s Local Food and Ag Summit 2016: Setting Goals

Governor’s Local Food and Ag Summit 2016: Setting Goals

University of Montana students Douglas Simpson and James Drysdale talk with Gov. Steve Bullock and other attendees about goals and strategies for boosting the state’s economy through sustainable and value-added ag production during the Governor’s Local Food and Agriculture Summit at Montana State University in October 2016. Watch the video here. Read More >

Webinar: Crop Planning for Vegetable Growers

Webinar: Crop Planning for Vegetable Growers

View the webinar here. Scaling up to meet the demands of wholesale or institutional markets requires careful planning and recordkeeping. NCAT Agriculture Specialist Luke Freeman will present a webinar on Dec. 14 to introduce strategies for crop planning. The free webinar will begin at noon EST/11 a.m. CST and will last one hour. The webinar… Read More >

Inspiring Future STEM Leaders

Inspiring Future STEM Leaders

Gulf States Regional Office Director Rockiell Woods spent the day with elementary school students at the 4-H National Youth Science Day on October 5th at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The theme this year was “Drone Discovery” Engineering Design Challenge.  This annual event is designed to “spark an early youth interest and leadership” in topics… Read More >

ATTRAGRAM Photo Winners Announced

ATTRAGRAM Photo Winners Announced

The ATTRAGRAM photo contest, held in conjunction with NCAT’s 40th anniversary celebrations, is over and the winners have been chosen. Award-winning photojournalist Walter Hinick and NCAT staff judged the contest, and the public was invited to vote on the photos as well for a “People’s Choice” award. The winning photo in each category was awarded… Read More >

New NCAT Report: Who Are the Organic Farmers of Texas?

New NCAT Report: Who Are the Organic Farmers of Texas?

NCAT has released a new report, Who Are the Organic Farmers of Texas? The report reviews all USDA data, including newly available reports and tools, to arrive at an accurate picture of the number, location, and types of organic farms in Texas. Although Texas is a national leader in organic cotton, rice, and peanut production,… Read More >

California Office Summer Workshops and Latino Farmer Conference

California Office Summer Workshops and Latino Farmer Conference

NCAT  agriculture specialists Pame Wolfe and Thea Rittenhouse co-taught a workshop in August about organic certification for crops and livestock at the Center for Land Based Learning in Winters, CA. Approximately 20 beginning farmer apprentices learned how to become a certified organic farm operation. This workshop was taught as a component of the Growing Roots Project,… Read More >

Talking Whole-Farm Risk Management

Talking Whole-Farm Risk Management

NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office Director Rock Woods and Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell have had the opportunity to discuss an important but often overlooked aspect of agriculture with farmers throughout the south this spring and summer: risk management. While not as flashy a topic as the latest and greatest seed variety or tractor model,… Read More >

NCAT teaches Pest/Beneficial Identification Workshop: “Farm CSI”

NCAT teaches Pest/Beneficial Identification Workshop: “Farm CSI”

NCAT specialist Rex Dufour traveled to Stockton, CA to the Boggs Tract Community Farm on April 18 and April 20 to conduct 2 part classroom and field course on Pest & Beneficial Identification and Management. For the classroom component, Rex focused on talking about basic approaches to pest management—understanding the types of damage that chewing… Read More >

Armed to Farm Training in New York
August 08, 2016 – August 12, 2016

Armed to Farm Training in New YorkAugust 08, 2016 – August 12, 2016

Monday, August 08, 2016 – Friday, August 12, 2016 NCAT’s week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) Training gives military veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career. To be held in Hamilton, New York, this training is free to military veterans and their spouses.… Read More >

Farm Foundations Workshop Helps Beginning Farmers Plan for Success

Farm Foundations Workshop Helps Beginning Farmers Plan for Success

Farm Foundations: Planning for Success Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale traveled to Kentucky to help conduct a workshop for beginning farmers on Saturday, May 21. Margo teamed up with Program Specialist Andy Pressman from NCAT’s Northeast office, Mike Lewis of Growing Warriors, and Dr. Shawn Lucas of St. Catharine College’s Berry Farming Program to present… Read More >

ATTRAGRAM Photo Contest

ATTRAGRAM Photo Contest

As part of our 40th anniversary celebration, we held a photo contest celebrating the beauty of sustainable agriculture. See the photos here. Read More >

NCAT on the Farm!

NCAT on the Farm!

May is always the beginning of the farm season in Northern California. NCAT tries to visit different farms this time of the year to provide technical assistance and training for many different types of farmers. These visits help us understand more and learn about current trends in sustainable agriculture. Recently, Pamela Wolfe, NCAT livestock specialist,… Read More >

USDA Beginning Farmer/Rancher Development Grant gets “Growing”!

USDA Beginning Farmer/Rancher Development Grant gets “Growing”!

The NCAT western regional office is currently working on USDA funded Beginning Farmer/Rancher Development grant titled, “ Growing Roots”, a collaborative effort among 5 partner organizations to increase networking among beginning farmers and ranchers and to offer training and technical assistance at 12 “agricultural learning hub” locations. Over the course of the next two years,… Read More >

Veterans: Apply Today for NCAT’s Armed to Farm Training

Veterans: Apply Today for NCAT’s Armed to Farm 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 in Fayetteville, AR. The event will take place June 6-10, 2016. ATF gives veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as… Read More >

FoodCorps Arkansas Winter Wrap-up

FoodCorps Arkansas Winter Wrap-up

For FoodCorps Arkansas, wintertime was a whirlwind of community events, taste tests, and celebrations. Hellstern Middle School service member Noa Borkan attended the grand opening of the Whole Foods Market in Fayetteville, AR, to speak on behalf of her school and accept a Whole Kids Grant of $2,000. Several service members in Springdale organized a Family… Read More >

Managed Grazing Tutorial

Managed Grazing Tutorial

Have you heard? Changing the way you manage your grazing animals can change the condition of your land and finances for the better. Our new tutorial spells out how you can manage your livestock to improve your soil health, your pasture condition and your bottom line. And it’s free! Get started today. Read More >

NCAT Southeast Year in Review

NCAT Southeast Year in Review

As 2015 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on what we’ve accomplished through our programs such as FoodCorps, Armed to Farm, and ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture. It was a busy year at NCAT Southeast! FoodCorps Arkansas in Action The 2015-2016 service term began September 1, 2015. In just three and a half months, our 10 FoodCorps… Read More >

NCAT Intern Alum Spotlight: Checking In With Dr. Chelsey Ahrens

NCAT Intern Alum Spotlight: Checking In With Dr. Chelsey Ahrens

In October, the Southeast office staff was delighted to host one of our former interns, Chelsey Ahrens, for a day of training and resource-sharing. Chelsey interned with us back in the summer of 2009, when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She helped produce several resources for the ATTRA… Read More >

Survey Says: Armed to Farm Program Helps Veteran Farmers

Survey Says: Armed to Farm Program Helps Veteran Farmers

About Armed to Farm Armed to Farm is a sustainable agriculture training program for military veterans developed by the National Center for Appro­priate Technology (NCAT). The program consists of a week-long training that includes a mix of educational classes, farm tours, and hands-on activities at successful livestock, crop, and agritourism operations. In July 2015 we… Read More >

Veterans: Apply Now for Agriculture Conference Scholarship

Veterans: Apply Now for Agriculture Conference Scholarship

Limited scholarships are available for military veterans who would like to attend Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s (SSAWG) annual conference. The popular conference, which is being held January 27 through January 30 in Lexington, Kentucky, focuses on practical tools and solutions to build the necessary bridges between farmers, marketers, ag professionals, and local-food system advocates.… Read More >