We are excited to have a new staff member in NCAT’s Southeast office—and not just because he owns dairy goats and we’re looking forward to a farm visit during kidding season. Carlos Vences joined us recently as NCAT’s new Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Communities (SARC) Program Assistant.
Although he’s based in NCAT‘s Fayetteville, Arkansas, office, Carlos will lend a hand to NCAT programs across the U.S. As the SARC Program Assistant, Carlos will work closely with SARC Director Devona Bell. He’ll also provide logistics and planning support for NCAT’s Armed to Farm, Bringing the Farm to School, and other programs.
Carlos brings experience with local food systems, food access, and land preservation to this new position. In his previous role with the nonprofit Farmshare Austin, Carlos managed mobile market and delivery services that increased access to locally-grown foods in underserved areas.
“We are so pleased to have Carlos on the NCAT team. His background in product procurement and distribution, event coordination, and program reporting is invaluable and will expand our capacity to serve our clients,” said Margo Hale, NCAT Southeast Regional Director.
A Texas native, Carlos earned his B.S. in Agriculture Business at Texas State University, where he became interested in sustainable agriculture practices. Carlos has also completed food safety training from the Produce Safety Alliance.
In his spare time, Carlos has operated a small business, explored different hobby farming projects, and now raises a small herd of dairy goats.
Welcome, Carlos! We’re glad you’re here.