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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 >