Veterans: Apply Now for Armed To Farm Sustainable Agriculture Training
Veterans and their spouses can apply to spend several days in September learning about sustainable, small-scale farming at Armed to Farm (ATF) events in Arkansas and Mississippi. ATF will be a dynamic blend of farm tours and hands-on experience with classroom instruction. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more.
NCAT will host two Armed to Farm trainings this fall:
September 14-19, 2014—Fayetteville, Arkansas
September 22-26, 2014—Jackson, Mississippi
Applications are due August 1, 2014.
Click here to apply or for more information.
NCAT Seeks Host Sites for Energy Corps Members—Application Deadline Extended!
NCAT is seeking non-profit organizations, schools and public agencies in Arkansas to host Energy Corps AmeriCorps members for the 2014-2015 program year.
Serving as an Energy Corps AmeriCorps host site provides a unique opportunity to improve organizational and community capacity to address local energy needs. The Energy Corps also provides members with hands-on training and skills development to pursue a career in a green-collar workforce.
Energy Corps members can assist organizations working in the sustainable energy field by providing hands-on assistance, including weatherization and conservation activities; energy assessments, audits and consultations, and alternative and renewable energy activities. Members can also conduct educational presentations, and offer events and trainings in energy efficient and environmentally conscious practices.
Dan Dean, Energy Corps AmeriCorps Coordinator for Arkansas, notes that the benefits of hosting an Energy Corps service member are great. "The host requirements are minimal, and members serve for a year in their host organizations. The members are energetic, committed and passionate about changing the world, and can make a significant impact at a low cost."
For more information and to download the host site application, visit www.energycorps.org/news.php, or call or email Dan at 479-575-1388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on applying to become an Energy Corps service member is coming soon. Stay tuned!
Free Home Weatherization Kits from the City of Fayetteville Community Resources division that Energy Corps members helped distribute to low-income residents.
Small Ruminant Toolbox Now Available
The free toolbox, which was funded by USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), is a well-organized collection of some of the best information available on small ruminants. It's perfect for producers, Extension agents, and other educators.
This collection is available for free online at https://attra.ncat.org/ruminant. You can also purchase the Toolbox as a USB flash drive. It's portable and all the content is readily available even when you don't have Internet access. The flash drives are $5 each, and can be ordered from the website.
FoodCorps Arkansas Impact Update
As the 2013-2014 FoodCorps service term comes to an end, we reflect on the impact our five service members have had in Arkansas.
We want to thank Cecilia, Kelsie, Jenn, Sean, and Destiny for their dedication and hard work this year!
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
NCAT Southeast staff members will participate in the following events:
The Changing Face of Agriculture in Northwest Arkansas
September 22 and 29, 2014
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Fruits and Berries from City Lots Workshop
August 10, 2014
U.S. Botanic Garden
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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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