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Happy 2015 from NCAT Southeast! The year is well under way, and we have lots of great activities planned for this winter and beyond. You are receiving this newsletter because you have expressed interest in NCAT and the ATTRA program. Thank you for reading, and enjoy!

—Margo Hale, Southeast Regional Office Director


Staff Profile: Dan Dean

Dan DeanAs Arkansas Energy Corps Project Coordinator, Dan Dean facilitates recruitment, training, and project development for Energy Corps AmeriCorps members in Fayetteville and Little Rock. Prior to joining the NCAT staff in 2012, Dan served as an Energy Corps member for the Walton Arts Center in 2010 and for the City of Fayetteville Sustainability Department in 2011.

Dan graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Architecture in 1998 and was licensed as an architect in 2004. He became a LEED Accredited Professional two years later. During his Energy Corps terms, he passed the Resnet Home Energy Rater exam and achieved certification as a League of American Bicyclists instructor.

Dan and his wife, Laura, are establishing a homestead farm in nearby Winslow with a focus on berries and value-added products. As founding members of the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks (along with NCAT's Rex Dufour) and sustainable transportation advocates, Dan and Laura lived "car-free" in Fayetteville for over a decade. In his spare time, Dan writes songs and plays various instruments in local bands.

Learn more about the Energy Corps AmeriCorps program by visiting www.energycorps.org.

 

Become an Energy Educator with Arkansas Energy Corps: Application Deadline is February 20, 2015

Energy Corps Classroom

The Springdale School District in Springdale, Ark., is looking for an Energy Educator. This AmeriCorps service member will teach staff, students, and families about energy use and waste reduction through hands-on experience; incorporate environmental technology into classroom lessons; and improve energy and waste-related practices within the school district and in homes.

The service term will run from March 17, 2015 – Sept. 15, 2015. Find more information about the position and a link to the application at www.energycorps.org/positions.php#springdale.

 

FoodCorps Arkansas Recruiting Host Sites and Service Members

Educators and school administrators, would you like to have a FoodCorps service member at your school to teach students about healthy eating, conduct gardening and cooking classes, and help your school get more local food on students' lunch trays? Apply now to become a FoodCorps Host Site.

For more information and to apply, visit http://[CLICKTHRU=fluidsurvey=fluidsurveys.com/s/foodcorps-site-capacity-form-arkansas/]. Applications are due by May 15, 2015.

Interested in becoming a FoodCorps Service Member? Visit https://[CLICKTHRU=foodcorps=foodcorps.org/become-a-service-member] for more information and to apply. The application deadline is March 31, 2015.

Contact Jennifer Warren, FoodCorps Arkansas Fellow, with questions about becoming a host site or service member. jennifer.warren@foodcorps.org

 

NCAT Southeast Out and About

  • Guy Ames traveled to Fort Smith, Ark., to present two sessions and participate in a roundtable discussion during the Horticulture Industries Show. The event, which draws participants from across Arkansas and Oklahoma, took place Jan. 16-17. The event's theme this year was "Technology Solutions for Growers and Marketers."
  • Linda Coffey and Margo Hale traveled to Mobile, Ala., to the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) conference Jan. 14-17. The conference, which is geared toward organic and sustainable commercial farmers and local-food advocates, regularly draws more than 1,000 attendees. Margo led a networking session for military veterans who farm, and Linda facilitated an information exchange session about raising dairy and meat goats.
  • FoodCorps and Energy Corps members serving in northwest Arkansas celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr., Day with service in Fayetteville. Energy Corps members and other volunteers went door-to-door in the South Garland neighborhood to distribute home energy efficiency and weatherization kits provided by the city's Community Resources Division. Five FoodCorps members joined 70 other volunteers to spend the day working at Tri Cycle Farms, an urban community farm. Service members in central Arkansas volunteered at a local community food bank.

Arkansas Corps

FoodCorps Arkansas members serving on MLK Day. Photo by Jenn Warren, FoodCorps Arkansas Fellow.

Keep up-to-date on all the news and events from NCAT Southeast by visiting our webpage: www.ncat.org/ncat-southeast-regional-office.


 

Connect with NCAT's Southeast Office:

207 West Center Street
PO Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 442-9824
(866) 442-6085
margoh@ncat.org
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Upcoming Events

NCAT Southeast staff members will participate in the following events:

Climate Adaptation Conference
February 5-6, 2015
Pittsboro, NC
More info »

Arkansas Grazing Lands Coalition Conference
February 27, 2015
Lake Point Conference Center, Russellville, AR
More info »

Dig In! Festival
March 6-7, 2015
Springdale, AR
More info »

Armed to Farm
April 13-17, 2015
Castroville, TX
More info »

 

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Newly released ATTRA publications:

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 is a program of the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

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