NCAT Gulf States Ag Specialist Felicia Bell was a featured participant in a recent Saving Rural America conference in Paulding, MS, after a successful presentation at a previous conference aimed at informing local youth about opportunities in agriculture.
Titled “Strengthening Rural Communities Through Partnerships,” the Feb. 8 Saving Rural America Conference was held by the Jasper County Self-Help Cooperative to improve communication between local farmers, gardeners and others interested in providing healthy alternatives for local youth.
Bell participated in a question and answer series with guests. She also recently attended the 7th Annual Winston County Self-Help Cooperative Saving Rural America and Youth Conference on January 24.
These types of conferences are proving successful in reaching out to youth — particularly minority, underserved and financially distressed — offering them mentorship and positive support from local communities, local leaders report.
For more on the self-help challenge, see: http://wcshc.com/
The Gulf States office of the National Center for Appropriate Technology, located in Jackson, MS, is happy to assist in providing information and expertise for new and beginning farmers.
We attend community functions in support of Saving Rural America through sustainable agriculture in the 5-state region, and provide workshops for groups interested in pursuing and supporting sustainable farming. We are especially committed to our outreach in support of minority, underserved and financially distressed communities.
NCAT’s mission says it well: “Helping people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions that reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources.”
If your group or community is interested in our new and beginning farmer programs, contact Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods toll-free (866) 643-2767.
We are eager to help promote and inform about sustainable agriculture in our Gulf States Region: Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.