The NCAT Gulf States Office “got down” at a giant block party in Meridian, MS, earlier this month, part of an environmental, art and local food extravaganza.
Specifically, NCAT offered information and expertise at a booth in Meridian, MS, as part of Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi’s (GGSIM) 5th Annual Conference, titled “Growing Health, Sustaining Wellness.”
Hosted by Go Green Meridian!, the local GGSIM chapter, GGSIM teamed with The Threefoot Arts Festival and Earth’s Bounty Farmer’s Market over the April 5th weekend to provide a first-ever, joint celebration.
Indoors, workshops ranged from growing local food sustainably, to health and nutrition facts and fallacies, to an inspiring view of living holistically by author, yoga coach, military veteran and public speaker “Semper” Sarah Plummer.
Outdoors, local food ranged from fresh gumbo to funnel cakes to a locally and sustainably grown pig roasted as part of the GGSIM events. Local bands played, face-painting was offered for kids and the young at heart, and the local farmers market sold produce and farm-made wares.
In the mix, the NCAT/ATTRA booth proved popular, located in front of the Riley Arts Center and across from Yoga in the Park. Local farmers, ranchers, restaurateurs and visitors of all stripe enjoyed good conversation and pertinent information about sustainable agriculture.
The block party was a fun way to highlight the importance of sustainable food systems in the region.
The Gulf States Office is eager to share information regarding sustainable agriculture. Farmers and ranchers in the region – Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida – are invited to call our toll-free number (866) 643-2767 for more information.