NCAT Gulf States Rocks at Meridian Block Party

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.

Karin Roberts of @GoGreenMeridian helps set up the NCAT/ATTRA booth at the Gaining Ground - Sustainability Institute of Mississippi annual conference in Meridian, MS, April 5, 2014. (Photo: Jim Ewing, NCAT)
Karin Roberts of @GoGreenMeridian helps set up the NCAT/ATTRA booth at the Gaining Ground – Sustainability Institute of Mississippi annual conference in Meridian, MS, April 5, 2014. (Photo: Jim Ewing, NCAT)

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.

Some photos:

A highlight of the GGSIM conference at Meridian April 5, 2014, was Yoga in the Park. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
A highlight of the GGSIM conference at Meridian April 5, 2014, was Yoga in the Park. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
People often ask Dobi's Ragin' Cajun Restaurant what's the secret of good gumbo. ... (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
People often ask Dobi’s Ragin’ Cajun Restaurant what’s the secret of good gumbo. … (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
It's the roux! (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
It’s the roux! (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
Mandi Sanders and Lindsay Wilson, who make their own herbal elixirs, enjoy a moment at the GGSIM conference in Meridian, April 5, 2014. (Photo by Jim Ewing)
Mandi Sanders and Lindsay Wilson, who make their own herbal elixirs, enjoy a moment at the GGSIM conference in Meridian, April 5, 2014. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
Sandy Crenshaw with Sandy's Organics shows off baked goods n Meridian, MS, April 5. (Photo by Jim Ewing)
Sandy Crenshaw with Sandy’s Organics shows off baked goods n Meridian, MS, April 5. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
Daniel Doyle, center, executive director of the Mississippi Sustainable Ag Network, enjoys a moment with Leah Blackwell of Shogunn Poultry at the Go Green Meridian festival April 5, 2014. (Photo: Jim Ewing, NCAT)
Daniel Doyle, center, executive director of the Mississippi Sustainable Ag Network, enjoys a moment with Leah Blackwell of Shogunn Poultry at the Meridian festival April 5, 2014. (Photo: Jim Ewing, NCAT)
Pamela with Chatham Farm at Go Green Meridian offered fresh produce. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
Pamela with Chatham Farm offered fresh produce as part of the Meridian festivities. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)

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.

 

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