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We had a productive summer here in the Southeast, and we're looking forward to a fruitful fall. Read on for updates about what we've done and what we're planning to do in the next few months. 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

 

Register Now for Free Sustainable Livestock Production Workshop

 

Join us at Cedar Creek farm in Cedarville, AR, for Farm Foundations: Planning for Success, a two-day workshop focused on business planning, identifying markets, and sustainable livestock production. The workshop will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, and will end at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 16.

Activities will include a tour of Cedar Creek Farm and hands-on training on topics including:

  • Pastured poultry production
  • Pastured pork
  • Grass-fed cattle
Jeremy Prater - Cows

Grass-fed cattle at Cedar Creek Farm.
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Prater.

For more information or to register, visit www.ncat.org/events, contact NCAT at 479-442-9824, or email margoh@ncat.org.

 

FoodCorps Arkansas Welcomes New Service Members

By Jenn Warren, FoodCorps Arkansas Fellow

 

On September 1, our team of 10 service members kicked off its 2015-2016 FoodCorps service term in Arkansas. This year, we have four members returning to serve a second year—they're looking forward to solidifying their roots in the communities where they serve and continuing to connect kids to real food. For returning Service Member Emily Olsen, her year began with a heartwarming start: one of her kindergarten students cried when he saw the sunflowers in their school garden because they were "so beautiful." We are delighted to welcome six new incoming members to FoodCorps in the Natural State; they will help us reach new regions and schools in Arkansas.

Follow FoodCorps Arkansas on Facebook for regular updates about their activities. To find out more about FoodCorps, visit foodcorps.org.

Food Corps

2015-2016 FoodCorps Service Members (back row): Ella Ellingson, Mollie Kernerson, Moriah Santiago, Noa Borkan, Andie Hession, Allyson Ponn, Emily Olsen; (front row): Kelso Brasunas, Jenn Warren, Katie Maschino, Rachel Kraus

 
 

NCAT Southeast Out and About

 
Group Pic

Veterans and NCAT staff at the New York Armed to Farm training. Photo courtesy Emma Koefed, FVC.

  • Guy Ames traveled to EarthDance Farm in Ferguson, MO, May 26-27. He gave a budding and grafting demonstration and a presentation on growing fruit organically in Missouri. He also examined their existing fruit plantings and helped staff members identify problems and solutions. EarthDance Farm is a nonprofit that offers apprenticeships to aspiring farmers, conducts youth programs, and operates a CSA. For more information about EarthDance, visit www.earthdancefarms.org. For more on sustainable and organic fruit production, see the ATTRA horticultural resources at https://attra.ncat.org/horticultural.html#Fruits.
  • Linda Coffey traveled to Harrison, AR, on May 28 to speak at a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff development training. Linda shared information about improving pasture quality and about ATTRA's resources for farmers and ag educators. To learn more, visit ATTRA's Pasture, Rangeland, and Grazing Management page at https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/livestock/pasture.html.
  • Margo Hale collaborated with NCAT's Northeast regional staff to conduct a week-long Armed to Farm workshop in Houghton, NY, Aug. 2-7. Twenty-five New York veterans learned about various agriculture topics, including business planning, holistic farm planning, vegetable and livestock production, and much more. Presenters from USDA agencies and the Farmer Veteran Coalition shared information about resources available to veterans. Margo led sessions on livestock species, cattle and sheep handling, farm recordkeeping, and farm communications and branding. For more information about Armed to Farm, visit www.ncat.org/armedtofarm.

 


 

Upcoming Events

Southeast office staff members will participate in the following events:

Arkansas Regional Farm to School Workshops
Oct. 15 and 29; Nov. 5, 12, and 19
Held in various locations around the state.
http://growhealthy.uark.edu/workshops.html

Missouri Forage and Grassland Council/GLCI 2015 Annual Conference
Nov. 2-3
Lake Ozark, MO
http://mofgc.org

Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference
Nov. 17-19
Sacramento, CA
http://www.farmvetco.org/fvsc/

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

 

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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.

 

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

NCAT logo Contact 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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