Outreach...A Success At Local Market
By Joshua Elliott, NRCS Soil
Conservationist, Mobile/Washington Counties, Alabama
NRCS District Conservationist Joyce Nicholas and Soil
Conservation Technician Marshall Colburn (stripped shirts left and
right) slice watermelon to pass out to patrons at the farmers market.
On a hot and muggy day in late June, Mobile and Washington Counties SWCD/NRCS
Field Offices set out to capitalize on a prime outreach opportunity.
We arrived at the local farmers market smiling and roaring to go. In no time
at all we had knives in hand and were slicing and dicing our way into the hearts
(and mouths) of children, seniors, and those in between, all at the same time.
You see...when you pass out free watermelon slices on a 105 degree day in
south Alabama, people can’t help but love you.
In the midst of all the excitement we made several key contacts with local
minority, small scale, and limited resource fruit and vegetable producers. We
passed out information on EQIP, WHIP, and many of the other programs that NRCS
has to offer.
Two of the local news channels were present to provide the event with
multiple county exposure.
This event was just one example of the great opportunities available to meet
face-to-face with county’s producers and spread the good word about "Helping
People Help the Land."
(l-r) Mobile County NRCS Soil
Conservationist Josh Elliott , District Conservationist Joyce
Nicholas, Mobile County Farmer
Blake Nicholas, and Soil Conservation Technician Marshall
Colburn observe the local produce for sale at the market.