Gulf States Office Workshops in August

The Gulf States office has been busy, busy, busy! But, as they say on the popular cable TV show, Duck Dynasty, folks have been happy, happy, happy with our workshops!

During August, the office gave talks and workshops in George and Greene Counties in Mississippi, and at Mobile, Ala.

Featured were trainings aimed at Beginning Farmers – with Regional Director Rockiell Woods talking about how to keep good records. Ag Specialist Felicia Bell talked about small ruminants and how to start a local community food hub. Outreach Coordinator Jim Ewing answered the question “What is Sustainable Agriculture?” and talked about Backyard Market Gardening (turning a hobby into profits!)

Earlier in the month, Woods and Bell visited the opening of a local food hub in Holmes County, MS, and toured farms in other parts of the state offering expertise and technical assistance, and Ewing attended meetings and presentations in Tuscaloosa, AL, Montgomery AL, and Kissimmee, Fla. Topics included beginning farmers, sheep, goat, cattle and poultry rotational pasture grazing, organic livestock, organic and sustainable vegetable production, farm economics, small intensive farming, food hubs, growing mushrooms, and more.

If any groups in the Gulf States Region are interested in these and other topics for their local community, we hope they will call Woods toll free at (866) 643-2767. We’re eager to share information and technical expertise about sustainable agriculture.

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NCAT Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods explains the importance of keeping accurate financial records at a community meeting in Lucedale, MS, Aug. 29, 2013.

FB at George Co.NCAT Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell talks about raising small ruminants on pastures at Mount Sinai Church in George County, Aug. 29, 2013.

(Photos by Jim Ewing, NCAT)

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