NCAT Southeast Regional Office

SE Office Staff 2016
NCAT Southeast staff members. Back row, left to right:
Linda Coffey, Livestock Specialist; Luke Freeman, Horticulture Specialist; Margo Hale, Southeast Regional Office Director. Front row, left to right: Nina Prater, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist/Outreach Coordinator; Robyn Metzger, Program Assistant; Guy Ames, Horticulture Specialist.

 

SE Office
The NCAT Southeast Regional Office

NCAT opened an office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in the late 1980s. Today the office is located in the heart of Fayetteville, two blocks north of the historic downtown square. It functions as a hub for NCAT’s activities throughout the Southeast.

NCAT’s Southeast office staff members are involved in many different projects. Our agricultural specialists cover topics such as tree fruit production, livestock production, horticulture, soil health, and marketing for the ATTRA project. Staff members have conducted risk management training for beginning farmers and agricultural training for military veterans.

NCAT’s Southeast office also hosts FoodCorps Arkansas. We host a FoodCorps Fellow and service members who serve at schools throughout the state. Our FoodCorps service members work with school gardens, conduct hands-on nutrition education, and connect kids to local, healthy foods.

For 30 years, NCAT’s Southeast office has partnered with many individuals, educational institutions, and organizations to provide expert speakers for courses, collaborate on research projects, and lead workshops. Contact us today to find out how we can work together to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources.

For more information about our programs see:
Armed to Farm

The ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program

Arkansas FoodCorps
The Arkansas FoodCorps Facebook Page
National FoodCorps

Amy Joens
Amy Joens
Arkansas FoodCorps Fellow

The Dirt E-Newsletter

dirt_logoSee past issues of our newsletter, The Dirt. It showcases the Southeast Regional Office’s efforts, programs and services. Browse them to see the important sustainable agriculture and energy work we are doing in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Check out our DIRT e-news archives

Contact NCAT’s Southeast Office:
20 E. Spring St., Suite 101
PO Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 442-9824
(866) 442-6085
margoh@ncat.org

Restorative Pruning

Restorative Pruning

It Takes More Than a Nip and a Tuck, but You Can Bring Those Old Trees Back Into Production By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Long-neglected fruit trees quite often simply die of disease or trunk borer damage, especially in the South where I live.  But if they don’t die, one of the two… Continue Reading

Young and Beginning Farmers Come Together

Young and Beginning Farmers Come Together

A Recap of the Young Farmer National Leadership Convergence By Luke Freeman, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Photo at right: Luke enjoying the Colorado snow! In November I attended the National Leadership Convergence in Boulder, Colorado, hosted by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). This was a fantastic opportunity to meet other young farmer leaders from across… Continue Reading

Dwarfing Apple Rootstocks: Pros and Cons

Dwarfing Apple Rootstocks: Pros and Cons

To Be or Not to Be Little. That Is the Dwarf Fruit Tree Question. By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist At right: The author beneath a full-size Koyama pear tree. Photo courtesy Ozark Natural Foods. Whether ‘tis nobler to suffer the posts and cables of outrageous trellis systems… Okay, I’ll stop. Most professional orchardists… Continue Reading

Livestock Guardian Animals: Protecting the Flock

Livestock Guardian Animals: Protecting the Flock

By Linda Coffey, NCAT Livestock Specialist Photo (right) courtesy Lewis Fox, Fox Farms You walk out to check your sheep, and find the best lamb is missing. Your dairy goats go out to graze with their kids, and come home later without your daughter’s best show prospect. One day you come home to find a… Continue Reading

Grafting Fruit Trees

Grafting Fruit Trees

The Science and Craft (and a Little Magic) By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist People practiced the craft of grafting well before they understood the science. Grafting dates back to at least 1,000 B.C. The ancient Chinese, Greeks, and Romans all knew about grafting as witnessed by their written records. But much of the… Continue Reading

Fall Planting Fruit Trees

Fall Planting Fruit Trees

A Hair’s Breadth Makes a Huge Difference By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist All across the South and as far north as USDA Climate Zone 5, fall planting of fruit trees can help get fruit trees off to a big head-start compared to fruit trees planted in spring. Why? The answer is a small… Continue Reading

Register Now: Electric Deer Fence Workshop

Register Now: Electric Deer Fence Workshop

Do you struggle to protect your farm or garden from deer damage? Join NCAT and University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension for an Electric Deer Fence Workshop on Friday, November 15! You’ll learn how to construct a low-cost solar-powered deer fence for your farm, garden, or food plot. You’ll also learn other ways to keep wildlife… Continue Reading

Beginning Livestock Workshop: Recap and Resources

Beginning Livestock Workshop: Recap and Resources

On October 4, NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey traveled to Judsonia, Arkansas, to lead a workshop for beginning livestock producers. They share highlights from the day-long event below. We thoroughly enjoyed this workshop, for many reasons. It was a pleasure to work with Ryan Pace, who hosted the group.… Continue Reading

Put a Certification Label On It?

Put a Certification Label On It?

Certified Naturally Grown vs. Certified Organic vs. Who Cares By Guy K. Ames, CNG grower and NCAT Horticulture Specialist When you work hard to produce food in an ecologically sound way that customers can purchase without fear of pesticide residues, you may wonder if you should take the next step and make it “official” through… Continue Reading