The Gulf States office has been busy since our last newsletter...
We've been spending time in Alabama and Louisiana, in addition to Mississippi projects.
...we organized and led a tour of sustainable teaching farms in Alabama with FoodCorp members. The highlight was meeting with Edwin Marty, executive director of E.A.T. South (www.eatsouth.org) in Montgomery, who explained how his national model organization came to be. Marty has recently completed a book about urban farming in America called Breaking Through Concrete, published by the University of California Press in 2012. See: www.breakingthroughconcrete.com.
The NCAT Office...
...is happy to help show sustainable farming techniques to civic groups and service organizations in the Gulf States Region, as well as provide expertise and technical information for new and beginning farmers and established farmers wishing to transition to sustainable practices.
Members of the NCAT Gulf States Regional Office, Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity and FoodCorps service members pose with EAT South Executive Director Edwin Marty (right) in Montgomery, Ala., Oct. 16, 2013. From left: front: FoodCorps Members Mariel Parman, Claire Brown and Rebecca Rosenthal; Roadmap Executive Director Beneta Burt and NCAT Ag Specialist Felicia Bell; back row: FoodCorps Director Willie Nash, FoodCorps Fellow Liz Broussard, NCAT Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods and Marty. Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
...participated in a daylong Beginning Farmer workshop hosted by the LSU AgCenter in Baton Rouge, La. The one-day workshop was sponsored by the Louisiana State University AgCenter, the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, the Southern Sustainability Research and Education (SSARE) program, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).
NCAT Gulf States Outreach Coordinator Jim Ewing speaks at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, La., Oct. 23, 2013. The subject of his talk was "Beginning Farmers: Marketing Your Crop." Photo by Rockiell Woods, NCAT)
Highlights in Mississippi included attending the Delta Fresh Foods banquet in Clarksdale, the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network banquet in Starkville, the Tri-County Agricultural Co-operative Conference in Coffeeville, and offering expertise at the Holmes County (MS) Alliance for Sustainable Production Field Day.
NCAT Gulf States Ag Specialist Felicia Bell confers with Dr. Bill Evans of Mississippi State University about seed planting at the Holmes County (MS) Alliance for Sustainable Production Field Day Sept. 20, 2013. Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT
Mississippi Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
November 13-15, 2013
Silver Star Casino, Choctaw, MS.
Featured Speaker: NCAT Outreach Coordinator Jim Ewing will be speaking on urban agriculture, specifically: Backyard Market Gardening. Come visit our booth!
For more info, see: http://www.msfruitandveg.com/
Empowering Small Farmers Series
Nov. 20, 2013 at our offices in Jackson, Miss.
Two free seminars offered back to back as part of the Empowering Small Farmers Series conducted by the Gulf States Office:
- 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Natural Beekeeping by NCAT Outreach Coordinator Jim Ewing. Explains chemical-free beekeeping for hobbyists, gardeners and small scale farmers.
- 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Legal Risk Management: Protecting Your Farm and Your Family by NCAT Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell. Outlines risks and protective strategies for farmers and ranchers.
For more information, contact Jim Ewing, NCAT outreach coordinator at 479-575-1390; toll free (866) 643-2767.
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Call ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service toll-free at:
Or, en Espanol:
Contact the Gulf States office at 2548 Livingston Road
Jackson, MS 39213;
toll-free (866) 643-2767.
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