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Spring has sprung in the Southeast! We had a productive winter writing new publications, speaking at conferences, and producing online tutorials. If you're a livestock producer, be sure to check out ATTRA's new Managed Grazing Tutorial before turning your animals out on those beautiful green pastures—this multi-lesson tutorial will show you how managing your livestock can improve your soil health, your pasture condition, and your bottom line. You are receiving this newsletter because you have expressed interest in NCAT and the ATTRA program. Thank you for reading!
—Margo Hale, Southeast Regional Office Director

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

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FoodCorps Service Member Noa Borkan
(second from left) accepts a WholeKids grant
on behalf of Hellstern Middle School in
Springdale, Arkansas.

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 for information on another workshop series coming up in Kentucky.

Guy Ames at booth

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.

Upcoming Events

Southeast office staff members will participate in the following events:

Armed to Farm: Sustainable Agriculture Training for Military Veterans
June 6-10, 2016
Fayetteville, AR

History Lessons for Today's Organic Fruit Growers
June 15, 2016
Springdale, AR

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

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Newly released ATTRA publications:

Fruit Trees, Bushes, and Vines for Natural Growing in the Ozarks

Vertical Farming

New ATTRA Tutorials:

Managed Grazing

View all of ATTRA's tutorials at:

New ATTRA Videos

Organic Sound and Sensible - What to Expect at an Organic Vegetable Farm Inspection

Organic Sound and Sensible - What to Expect at an Organic Livestock Farm Inspection

View all of ATTRA's videos at

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If you have questions about sustainable agriculture production or marketing, using renewable energy on your farm, or how to become certified organic, call ATTRA. We're here to help! 1-800-346-9140 or 1-800-411-3222 en Español.

ATTRA - A National Sustainable Agriculture Assistance Program - is developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

Keep up-to-date on all the news and events from NCAT Southeast by visiting our webpage:

Contact NCAT's Southeast Office:
207 West Center Street
PO Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 442-9824
(866) 442-6085

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