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We hope you’re enjoying this season of garden-fresh veggies and fruit, longer days, and bright sunshine! We’ve been busy in the office producing podcasts, publications, and tutorials, but we’ve also had a chance to get outside for some fun workshops—read about them below. And we now have an NCAT Southeast Facebook page! Give us a "like" here.

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—Margo Hale, Southeast Regional Office Director

 

Arkansas Armed to Farm Trains 30 Veterans

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Arkansas Armed to Farm participants, NCAT staff, and program partners. Photo: courtesy University of Arkansas Poultry Science Dept.

We had our largest Armed to Farm class since the program began in 2013: 30 veterans from 15 states spent June 12-16 in Fayetteville, AR, learning about small-scale sustainable farming. The week featured classroom sessions on business planning, recordkeeping, marketing, and more. Farm tours included fruit, vegetable, and livestock farms. Several NCAT staff members presented on topics including soils, vegetable production, whole-farm planning, social media marketing, digital tools and recordkeeping, business planning and funding, fruit production, and sheep/goat production and handling. We had a fun week with a great group of engaged learners. For a detailed recap of the training, see our blog post here.

We recently got in touch with one of the veterans who attended our first Armed to Farm training in 2013. Eric Grandon now operates Sugar Bottom Farm in Ovapa, WV. We are excited to share what he’s accomplished over the past four years—read his story here.

Learn more about our Armed to Farm program here.

 


 

Summer Fun with FoodCorps

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Bayyari Elementary School’s community garden in Springdale, AR, is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer. Photo courtesy FoodCorps Arkansas/Bayarri Elementary.

Our FoodCorps sites have selected new service members for the upcoming year of service, which begins in August. We will be growing our corps of Arkansas members to 11 this year. We'll welcome seven new members, and four will be returning to complete a second year of service. They will serve in six school districts across the state, in a total of 19 schools.

We celebrated successes from the past year with our site supervisors and service members last week in Russellville, AR, acknowledging the hard work that everyone put in to make this year a successful one for Farm to School efforts in all our partner communities.

School may be out for the summer, but our current class of service members is staying busy until their term ends July 31. They are doing garden camps, open garden hours, community garden work days, and setting up plans to successfully and sustainably carry their programs into the future—long after their FoodCorps term expires.

 


 

NCAT Southeast Out and About

Andy Pressman demonstrates a garden seeder

Andy Pressman demonstrates features of a garden seeder. Photo: Luke Freeman, NCAT.

  • NCAT’s Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale, Horticulture Specialist Luke Freeman, and Northeast Regional Director Andy Pressman held a double-header of workshops for vegetable producers on May 10 and 11. NCAT’s partner on the project, Heifer USA, hosted the trainings at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, AR. The first day featured Margo and Luke presenting sessions on risk management, business planning, recordkeeping, produce safety, and digital tools for recordkeeping. During the second day, Andy led sessions on scales of production and equipment for varying scales of production, along with interactive lessons on evaluating and choosing equipment and determining costs of purchasing equipment. The day ended with hands-on time with a wide variety of tool—from hand tools to BCS tractors and implements.
    For more information about NCAT’s resources for vegetable producers, visit the Horticultural Crops section of ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture’s website here.

  • Guy Ames traveled to Ferguson, MO, to train apprentice farmers at EarthDance Organic Farm School. He spent time in the orchard showing them how to recognize successes and issues, then presented a lecture on organic fruit production. For more information, see ATTRA’s fruit production resources here.

  • Margo Hale and Nina Prater attended events in Arkansas geared toward livestock producers. Nina attended the Arkansas Grazinglands Coalition Annual Conference in Ozark, AR, on March 16. Margo presented on multispecies grazing at the Crooked Creek Conservation District Pasture Conference in Yellville, AR, on April 6. For more information on grazing practices, see ATTRA’s Pasture, Rangeland, and Grazing Management resources here.

 


 

Upcoming Events

NCAT staff members will participate in the following events:

Southern Illinois Farming Alliance
July 10, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 pm
Carbondale, IL
http://www.fwsoil.org/field-days.html

Produce Safety Workshop
August 10, 2017 from 7:30 am-5:00 pm
Fayetteville, AR
https://www.ncat.org/events

Event listings are added regularly to the ATTRA Workshops page at:
https://attra.ncat.org/allworkshops.php.

 
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New and updated ATTRA publications and resources:

Publications

Brambles: Organic Production

Podcasts

Ocean Farming: a Conversation with Bren Smith

Blackberries in Arkansas

Brambles

Managing Vertebrate Pests, Parts 1 & 2

Tutorials

Managed Grazing

Scaling Up for Regional Markets

Ecological Pest Management

Soil Health





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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.
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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: www.ncat.org/ncat-southeast-regional-office. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NCATSoutheast/.

Contact NCAT's Southeast Office:
20 E. Spring St., Ste. 101
PO Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 442-9824
(866) 442-6085
margoh@ncat.org

 
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