- State Fellow: Marlena Nip
- State Partner Supervisor: Felicia Bell
For more information, please contact Marlena.
Mississippi is the birthplace of American music, a major arena in the Civil Rights Movement, and the home of many of our nation’s most prolific voices and creative minds – Richard Wright, William Faulkner, BB King, Tennessee Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Jim Henson, David Banner and Eudora Welty. Step onto soil in the Mississippi Delta and you’ll walk over some of the most fertile ground in the country. And with Mississippi’s moderate winter temperature, there is no fallow season in our neck of the woods! However, the complicated agricultural history of the state has stripped the soil of its nutrients and left a heavy impact on both urban and rural areas.
Mississippians face more barriers to health and have higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related diseases than any other state. But strides are being made to address and reverse this, and they seem to be working.
There is a growing community of people around the state that are committed to healing our connection to the land and food production through community-oriented agriculture, and many interconnected initiatives working to makes schools and communities healthier places to eat, learn and grow.
The National Center for Appropriate Technology—Gulf States Office is a national nonprofit with regional offices in six states, including Mississippi. Founded in 1976, NCAT’s mission is to help people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources. We do this through a wide variety of renewable energy and sustainable agriculture projects, most notably ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. NCAT’s Gulf States Office in Jackson is actively involved in farmer education projects and local food.