NCAT Gulf States Makes Splash in Savannah

 

The NCAT Gulf States Office made a splash in the old seaport city of Savannah, Ga., recently at the Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference.

NCAT Gulf States Regional Director is ready to talk with anyone interested in sustainable agriculture at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference held in Savannah, Ga., Jan. 10, 2014. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
NCAT Gulf States Regional Director is ready to talk with anyone interested in sustainable agriculture at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference held in Savannah, Ga., Jan. 10, 2014. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)

The conference, held January 9-11 at the Savannah Convention Center, is a huge event, drawing fruit and vegetable growers from across the Southeast. Last year, more than 2,900 people attended; this year, it was estimated to top that.

Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods and I both attended, and we made a lot of good contacts – primarily with organic growers, Georgia NRCS personnel, and small farmers. It was a joy and a privilege to hand out information provided by NCAT’s ATTRA project. ATTRA — The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service — has more than 400 publications that explain a variety of issues farmers may confront with simple, easy to understand solutions.

Amelia Hines of USDA's NRCS Georgia office shows how it'd done regarding tweeting events at the Southern Regional Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Jan. 11 in Savannah, Ga.
Amelia Hines of USDA’s NRCS Georgia office shows how it’s done regarding tweeting events at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Jan. 11 in Savannah, Ga.

One of the highlights was “tweeting” back and forth between conferencegoers. We enjoyed “tweets” on Twitter with members of Georgia NRCS, Georgia Organics and the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program, and visited in person, as well.

Candace Pollock of SSARE and Karri Honaker, USDA district conservationist in Georgia, confer at the Southeastern Regional Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Jan. 11, 2014. (Photo by Jim Ewing)
Candace Pollock of SSARE and Karri Honaker, USDA district conservationist in Georgia, confer at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Jan. 11, 2014. (Photo by Jim Ewing)

Our Twitter handles are: @NCAT_ORG and @ATTRASustainag

Give us a tweet!

We’re always happy to give presentations and advise on sustainable agriculture, providing information and expertise.

Or, if you prefer more traditional ways of getting in touch, call us (toll free), at 866-643-2767

Ask for Rockiell, or Felicia Bell, our Gulf States ag specialist.

 

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