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The Dirt South East

Register Now for Arkansas Farm to School Summit

NCAT and FoodCorps Arkansas, with support from Van Buren Public Schools, are hosting “Arkansas Farm to School Summit: Growing Together” on March 15, 2017 at King Elementary School in Van Buren, Arkansas. The event will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arkansas teachers, school nutrition staff, farmers, and community members interested in supporting farm to school efforts are encouraged to attend.

Registration is available online at The registration fee is $10, which includes lunch. The deadline to register is March 3, 2017.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, with price levels ranging from $100-$1,000. Organizations can register as sponsors online at

For more information, call 479-442-9824 or email

Support for this training comes from a USDA Farm to School Grant (CN-F2S-SS-16-MT-01) and the Blue & You Foundation.

Join Our FoodCorps Team

FoodCorps service member applications are open!

Together with their communities, FoodCorps service members help connect kids to healthy food in school through food and nutrition education, hands-on gardening and cooking activities, and putting local food on cafeteria trays.

The FoodCorps Arkansas program is administered by NCAT and currently serves in nine diverse communities across the state. Joining our cohort connects you to a network of leaders in Arkansas through professional development and team building opportunities. FoodCorps is committed to helping create the next generation of food system leaders, so all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to apply.

The FoodCorps application is open through March 15th. Follow this link to apply now!

Want to learn more? Visit our website at, like us on Facebook, or e-mail FoodCorps Arkansas Fellow Amy Joens at

Out and About

• The Oklahoma & Arkansas Horticulture Industries Show took place Jan. 13-14 in Fayetteville, AR. Luke Freeman, NCAT Horticulture Specialist, gave two presentations. Luke’s first talk was titled Cover Cropping for Small Farms. His second talk was a 30-minute presentation about his master’s degree research on cover crops in high tunnel vegetable production. More than 70 people attended Luke’s presentations.

NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale gave a talk on farm business planning and recordkeeping to a crowd of about 40. She and Luke also spent time at the ATTRA booth, answering questions and sharing information about our resources. Around 380 producers, educators, and community members from across the region attended the event.

Learn more about cover cropping by viewing these ATTRA videos or check out all ATTRA’s webinars and videos on the topic. A recent podcast about Cover Cropping is also available.
• Luke also traveled to the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s (SSAWG) conference in Lexington, KY, Jan. 26-28. Luke helped staff the ATTRA booth and facilitated a networking session for military veterans interested in farming.

For more information about NCAT’s resources for military veterans, visit our Armed to Farm information page.

Upcoming Events

NCAT staff members will participate in the following events:

Apple Seeds School Garden Workshop
March 9, 2017 from 4-7 pm
Fayetteville, AR
More info

Arkansas Farm to School Summit
March 15, 2017
Van Buren, AR
More info

Arkansas Grazing Lands Coalition Conference
March 16, 2017
Ozark, AR
More info

Armed to Farm
June 12-16, 2017
Fayetteville, AR
More information coming soon!

Event listings are added regularly to the ATTRA Workshops page at:

New and updated ATTRA publications and resources:


• Working with Your Meat Processor


• Working with Your Meat Processor
• What is a Lambulator?


• Farm Energy Efficiency
• Scaling Up for Regional Markets

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