Dig in to The Dirt!

Welcome to the first edition of The Dirt, the newsletter of the Southeast Regional Office of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). You are receiving this newsletter because you have expressed interest in NCAT and ATTRA-National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. Enjoy!

—Margo Hale, Southeast Regional Office Director

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Meet the Staff of NCAT Southeast

NCAT opened an office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in the late 1980s. Today the office is located in the heart of Fayetteville, on the first floor of the historic Walker-Stone House, built in 1845. It functions as a hub for NCAT's activities throughout the Southeast.

For more than 25 years, NCAT's Southeast office has partnered with many individuals, educational institutions and organizations to provide expert speakers for courses, collaborate on research projects, and lead workshops. Contact us today to find out how we can work together to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources.

The NCAT Southeast Office crew Southeast Regional Office staff, from left to right: Rachel Spencer, FoodCorps Fellow; Linda Coffey, Program Specialist; Guy Ames, Program Specialist; Robyn Metzger, Program Assistant; Dan Dean, Energy Corps Project Coordinator; Margo Hale, Southeast Regional Office Director

Staff Spotlight: Linda Coffey

Linda Coffey is a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, focusing on sheep and goats. She grew up on a diversified livestock farm in central Missouri, where her family raised cattle, hogs, and sheep. Linda has a master's degree in Animal Science from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC), American Dairy Goat Association, and Gulf Coast Breeders Association. Linda and her family run Maple Gorge Farm near Prairie Grove, Ark., raising sheep, dairy goats, and a few laying hens. A couple of calves, three livestock guardian dogs, and occasionally hogs complete the farm.

Linda has been busy this fall, traveling the Southeast region to learn and share information about raising small ruminants sustainably. In mid-September Linda attended the 2013 National Goat Conference, an event hosted by North Carolina A&T University and sponsored by the National Goat Consortium. More than 400 people attended from 22 states. In early October, Linda headed north to the Mid-Missouri Browsing Academy, held at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Among the resources that Browsing Academy participants received was the "Small Ruminant Toolbox," a jumpdrive full of electronic resources which Linda helped produce.

Linda will continue to rack up the frequent flyer miles during the next few months. She'll travel to the ACSRPC meeting at Fort Valley State University in Ga.; speak at the Empowering Women Veterans conference in Louisville, Ky., in November; and in December she'll return to her home state to speak at the Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville. If you see Linda at any of these events, be sure to stop and say hello!

Linda Coffey 2013 Linda Coffey leading a pasture walk during the Armed to Farm Veterans Sustainable Farming Workshop in June 2013.

Out and About in the Southeast

FoodCorps Orientation

Five new FoodCorps service members came together September 18-20 at NCAT's Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Ark., for training, skill sharing, and team building in preparation for the 2013-2014 service year. Southeast Regional Office Director Margo Hale and FoodCorps Arkansas Fellow Rachel Spencer led the new FoodCorps service members in orientation sessions and hands-on activities at service sites in Fayetteville, Springdale, and Marshall.

The NCAT Southeast FoodCorps crew FoodCorps Arkansas service members, from left to right: Sean Coder, Cecilia Hernandez, Destiny Schlinker, Jenn Warren, and Kelsie Shearrer.

Apple Tastings at Fayetteville Public Schools

During October, FoodCorps service members helped organize apple tastings at area elementary and middle schools to celebrate Farm to School month. Students got to try Jonagold, Melrose, and Mutsu apples provided by a local orchard. Visit http://arkansasfoodcorps.blogspot.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/FoodCorpsArkansas to learn more about FoodCorps Arkansas activities.

Sustainable Communities Leadership Summit

Energy Corps project coordinator Dan Dean attended the second annual Summit Oct. 15-17 in North Little Rock, Ark. Presented by the Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas, this year's summit focused on helping community leaders address issues such as sustainability in rural areas, energy efficiency and renewable energy use, water conservation, and local foods. For more information about how Energy Corps helps communities be more sustainable, visit www.energycorps.org.

Garden Club Guest Speaker

NCAT Horticulture Specialist Guy Ames was the guest speaker at Fayetteville's Asbell Elementary Garden Club/Green Team meeting on Oct. 3. The group learns gardening skills and healthy eating habits during their after-school activities. Email margoh@ncat.org to find out how NCAT can provide speakers, publications, and other resources for your events.

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Upcoming Events
NCAT Specialists will attend the following upcoming events:

Empowering Women Veterans Conference
November 14-17 ~ Louisville, KY
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Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference
November 15-17 ~ Durham, NC
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Missouri Livestock Symposium
December 6-7 ~ Kirksville, MO
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Horticulture Industries Show Conference
January 10-11, 2014 ~ Tulsa, OK
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ATTRA Update

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