NCAT Southeast Year in Review

NCAT Southeast Year in Review

As 2015 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on what we’ve accomplished through our programs such as FoodCorps, Armed to Farm, and ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture. It was a busy year at NCAT Southeast!

FoodCorps Arkansas in Action

The 2015-2016 service term began September 1, 2015. In just three and a half months, our 10 FoodCorps Arkansas service members have achieved amazing results:

  • 5,762 kids reached
  • 2,012 pounds of produce harvested from school gardens
  • 1,381 pounds of local food procured to serve in cafeterias
  • 69 new farmer relationships established
  • 153 volunteers engaged

You can follow FoodCorps Arkansas on their blog or on Facebook.

Veteran Outreach and Training

Along with NCAT staff members from the Northeast and Southwest regional offices, Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale conducted two Armed to Farm events—one in Houghton, NY, and one in San Antonio, TX. The week-long workshops provided training in sustainable agriculture production, marketing, and business planning for more than 50 veterans. Margo also traveled to Sacramento, CA, for the Farmer Veteran Coalition Stakeholder Conference, where she reached more than 100 veterans and educators. Margo participated in a panel discussion and spoke about NCAT’s Armed to Farm program.

On the Road

Linda Coffey talks with workshop participants
Linda Coffey talks with workshop participants at a sustainable livestock production workshop NCAT hosted in Cedarville, AR, in October. Photo: Robyn Metzger, NCAT.

Margo, along with agriculture specialists Linda Coffey and Guy Ames, traveled often in 2015. In addition to the veteran events, our energetic staffers spoke at or participated in 23 workshops, conferences, and other gatherings across the Southeast region and as far away as Corvallis, OR. Together they made contact with more than 1,400 farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, and educators. If you’d like one of our specialists to participate in an event, email margoh@ncat.org.

In the Office

When they weren’t traveling, Margo, Linda, and Guy were writing publications, producing tutorials and webinars, and answering client questions for the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program. Have a question about livestock, fruit production, marketing, business planning, or other aspects of sustainable agriculture? You can download publications and other resources at https://attra.ncat.org/. Contact our specialists directly by calling 1-800-346-9140 or emailing askanag@ncat.org.

NCAT Southeast staff group photo
NCAT Southeast. Back row, left to right: Linda Coffey, Margo Hale, Guy Ames. Front row, left to right: Jenn Warren, Robyn Metzger.

We are thankful for the great year that’s behind us, and we look forward to a 2016 filled with more opportunities to serve our clients and colleagues involved in sustainable agriculture. To follow our progress, sign up here to receive our quarterly newsletter, The Dirt, and continue to visit our webpage for updates. Happy Holidays from all of us at NCAT Southeast.

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