Small farmers in the Delta traditionally plant regional crops: squash, sweet potatoes, greens, and zucchini. These crops have been the staple for many soul food dinners. However, Mr. Frank is healing the body and the soul by taking his planting one step further: growing Echinacea.
Echinacea is a flower used to create medicinal herbs and teas. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Continue reading
On May 30, 2012, the North Delta Produce Growers Association attended the 1st Annual Sustainable Ag Network Conference at University, MS. The two day conference focused on small farm development throughout the state of MS, with a specific emphasis on helping small farmers develop innovative ideas surrounding marketing, organization, networking, and capacity building.
If you are ever near Marks, MS, ask the residents about the vegetable processing facility. In all honesty, it may even be a secret that few locals know about. Well, now we have the scoop!
Mr. Roosevelt Holmes showed us the logistics behind the operation, from the high powered washer system, the two industrial strength pea shellers, Continue reading
NDPGA members understand the true meaning of lending a helping hand. On Monday, June 6, a group of North Delta members went to fellow member Mr. James Brewer’s farm to help him set up a drip irrigation system. Members worked tirelessly for over 3 hours to ensure that Brewer had the soil properly tilled, the hoses laid, and that a good exchange of knowledge and information was passed on from member to member.
Members of NDPGA attended Grenada’s Farmers’ Market Grand Opening on June 1, 2013. In show of solidarity with local farmers markets, NDPGA created a display that highlighted the types of crops our local growers are producing, and also provided a bouncer for children to play in as parents perused the market. Grenada’s Mayor Billy Collins came to visit the booth and pledged his continual support to North Delta Growers.
We Need Your Help! In an effort to meet your needs and to better serve you, we are asking questions about your farm, your use of technology, and the types of assistance that could better enhance your farming experience. The information gathered from this questionnaire will be used to tailor our program to meet your needs.
Marks, MS–Several members of the North Delta Produce Growers Association (NDPGA) attended a “Train the Trainer” Workshop on Friday, May 21, 2013. This event was sponsored by the Alcorn State University’s Mississippi Small Farms Development Office. Continue reading