NCAT Office Offers Fruit, Vegetable Expertise

 

Members of the NCAT Gulf States office were featured speakers at the Mississippi Fruit & Vegetable Growers annual conference in Choctaw, MS, recently.

Those who attended the Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference Nov. 14-15 were treated to a tour of the Choctaw Fresh Produce high tunnels in the Tucker Community. Members of the NCAT Gulf States office were on hand to offer technical assistance and expertise. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
Those who attended the Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference Nov. 14-15 were treated to a tour of the Choctaw Fresh Produce high tunnels in the Tucker Community. Members of the NCAT Gulf States office were on hand to offer technical assistance and expertise. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)

Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods was part of a roundtable discussion on resources available for fruit and vegetable growers during the main event at the concluding session on Friday, Nov. 15. He explained the information and expertise offered by NCAT and its ATTRA program, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell answered growers’ questions at a booth featuring NCAT/ATTRA brochures and publications during the two-day gathering.

The previous day, during the inaugural events, Outreach Coordinator Jim Ewing led a workshop on Backyard Market Gardening, titled Turn Your Garden Into Profits!

Publications cited included:

Market Gardening: A Start Up Guide – https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=18

Farmers’ Markets: Marketing and Business Guide – https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=265

The conference was held at the Silver Star Convention Center in Choctaw, MS, at the Pearl River Community on the reservation of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. A highlight was touring the high tunnels in the Tucker Community about 20 minutes distant where fresh produce is grown by Choctaw Fresh Produce, a company owned by the tribe.

The Gulf States office is available to provide sustainable agriculture information and technical assistance across the five-state region: Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Call us for more information on how we can assist your organization, toll free: (866) 643-2767.

 

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