NCAT Specialists Help Empower Women Veterans

NCAT Agriculture Specialist Linda Coffey and Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale were invited to speak at the Empowering Women Veterans Conference in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 14-17. More than 100 women attended the conference, which was presented by the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC). The conference, now in its second year, is geared toward veteran and active-duty women farmers, and women who farm with veterans.

Linda and Margo presented two sessions: “Livestock 101,” an introduction to seven different livestock species—including rabbits and bees; and “Sheep and Goats: What They Can Do for You,” a more in-depth discussion of small ruminant production. In addition, Margo sat on a panel titled “From Military to Farm: An Interactive Discussion,” along with Michael O’Gorman, the Executive Director of FVC, and several other experts in various aspects of agriculture.

Armed to Farm reunion photo
An Armed to Farm reunion. Left to right: Alicia Moore, Margo Hale, Leah Wilburn, Sara Creech, Maria Sayle-Terry, Linda Coffey.

One highlight of the conference was a reunion of four women who had attended NCAT’s Armed to Farm training workshop for veterans in June 2013. Margo and Linda enjoyed catching up with the Armed to Farm alumni and hearing about their farming operations.

Linda and Margo also gave out publications on various topics from NCAT’s ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, and spent time talking one-on-one with many of the conference participants.

Specialists from NCAT’s Southeast Office are available to speak at workshops and other events. Email margoh@ncat.org for more information.

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