Coming in June: Armed to Farm Sustainable Agriculture Training for Military Veterans
Join us in Fayetteville, AR, for a comprehensive, week-long training workshop focused on business planning, identifying markets, specialty crop and livestock production, and more. Activities will include classroom instruction and hands-on learning opportunities at area farms.
The workshop will be held June 6-10, 2016. More details and application coming soon! Visit www.ncat.org/armedtofarm.
FoodCorps Service Member Noa Borkan
(second from left) accepts a WholeKids grant
on behalf of Hellstern Middle School in
FoodCorps Arkansas Winter Wrap-up
For FoodCorps Arkansas, wintertime was a whirlwind of community events, taste tests, and celebrations. Hellstern Middle School service member Noa Borkan attended the grand opening of the Whole Foods Market in Fayetteville, AR, to speak on behalf of her school and accept a Whole Kids Grant of $2,000. Several service members in Springdale organized a Family Cooking Night Fiesta and held after-school workshops with their schools' Family Literacy Program to teach families how to create quick and inexpensive healthy snacks. Head over to our Southeast Regional webpage to read more about FoodCorps Arkansas' winter activities.
NCAT Southeast Out and About
• Margo Hale joined NCAT Northeast staffer Andy Pressman to present a beginning farmer workshop in Williamson, WV, on March 5. NCAT partnered with three organizations—Williamson Health and Wellness, Growing Warriors, and Refresh Appalachia—to host the workshop. The workshop focused on business planning, recordkeeping, and USDA programs. Participants also visited a reclaimed mine site where the organizations are working to start a farming operation. Andy and Margo conducted a site assessment with the participants, discussing resource and infrastructure needs and ways to build organic matter in the soil. Stay tuned to www.ncat.org/armedtofarm for information on another workshop series coming up in Kentucky.
Guy Ames (left) talks to a SSAWG
attendee at the ATTRA booth.
• Linda Coffey participated in a workshop series organized by University of Arkansas' Cooperative Extension Service staff. The series was held in Fayetteville, AR, each Tuesday evening in February. The workshops covered farm business management, specialty crop production, marketing, and livestock production. Linda shared information about ATTRA's online courses and pest management database. She also provided several ATTRA publications for the workshop participants, including Small-scale Livestock Production, Farm Business Start-up Checksheet, and Fruit Trees, Bushes, and Vines for Natural Growing in the Ozarks.
• Guy Ames and Margo Hale attended the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) conference held Jan. 27-30 in Lexington, KY. Guy presented a session called Forty Years of Perseverance: Growing Fruit Trees Organically in the South. Visit ATTRA's Horticultural Crops page to see a list of publications on fruit production.
Margo facilitated a networking session for military veterans attending the SSAWG conference. Click here for more information about NCAT's resources for veterans interested in farming.
• Guy participated in a School Garden workshop sponsored by AppleSeeds, Inc., and school districts in the Northwest Arkansas region. Guy gave four 30-minute workshops to approximately 60 area teachers who were interested in establishing school orchards along with their school gardens. Interested in school and community gardens? See ATTRA's Community Orchards publication.
Southeast office staff members will participate in the following events:
Armed to Farm: Sustainable Agriculture Training for Military Veterans
June 6-10, 2016
History Lessons for Today's Organic Fruit Growers
June 15, 2016
Event listings are added regularly to the ATTRA Workshops page at: