Local farms play a critical role in increasing healthy food access for urban and rural communities alike. An upcoming workshop in Jackson, MS, will be highlighting opportunities in urban farming, backyard production, and marketing direct to consumers and restaurants, as well as other related topics. The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), with the support of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, is hosting a hands-on, on-farm workshop at Foot Print Farms titled “Growing & Marketing Fruit & Vegetables.”
NCAT is offering this workshop for anyone interested in producing or accessing local foods, including: beginning or experienced farmers, limited-resource farmers, military veterans, those in food-related fields such as chefs, individuals interested in backyard production, or anyone interested in learning more about the local food movement. The workshop will be held at Foot Print Farms on December 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NCAT Gulf States Office staff Rockiell Woods, regional director, Liz Broussard, NCAT Food Justice Coordinator, and Sam Humphrey, NCAT demonstration farm manager, along with Foot Print Farms CEO Cindy Ayers-Elliott, PhD., and other presenters, will discuss the following topics:
- Urban production practices
- High tunnel production
- Direct marketing
- Farm goal-setting and business planning
- Financial planning and recordkeeping
- Farm liability issues & insurance options
- Production risk management
This workshop will highlight the ways that sustainable practices in particular can reduce risk on the farm. Sustainable production practices can make farms more resilient to extreme weather events, while holistic business planning and management can help buffer farms against fluctuating market conditions.
Woods and Humphrey, in addition to their work with NCAT, are also experienced farmers, and have first-hand knowledge of risk management on their own operations. Their presentations are accessible and applicable to participants of all experience levels.
The workshop is free and lunch will be provided but registration is required. Visit www.ncat.org/events to reserve a spot, or call the NCAT Gulf States Regional Office at 479-575-1385.
For more information about this event, please contact NCAT Gulf States Regional Director Rock Woods at 479-575-1385, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.