NCAT Participates in Alcorn State University Small Farmers’ Conference

The NCAT Gulf States staff were pleased to participate in the 2019 Alcorn State University Small Farmer's Conference. Sponsors, vendors, organization representatives, farmers, and members of other diverse groups traveled from all over Mississippi to attend the three-day event held at the Tunica Arena and Expo Center in Tunica, Mississippi,…

NCAT Hosting Listening Sessions with Mississippi Farmers

As agriculture specialists, we tend to spend a lot of our time at the front of the room teaching at workshops or conferences but this winter we’ve had a chance to listen and take notes ourselves. In January, NCAT Gulf States staff Rockiell Woods, Felicia Bell, Liz Broussard, and Sam…

Mississippi Food Systems Leaders Convene for Training

The National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative – which includes Mileston Cooperative, Choctaw Fresh Produce, Mississippi Farm to School Network, FoodCorps, and the Steps Coalition – hosted a two-day gathering of current and emerging leaders who are passionate about further building equitable Mississippi food systems. On June…

Who We Are

The Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative is a partnership of organizations working together to improve health outcomes for vulnerable children and their families in Mississippi and catalyze systemic change in our food system through collaboration on multiple levels.

Our goal is to improve the health of our communities by:

  • improving access to healthy, local, and culturally-appropriate foods,
  • increasing the amount of local food in schools and institutions,
  • educating children and adults on how to grow, cook, and eat healthy food
  • building the capacity of local food producers to grow and market their products, and
  • fostering networks of accountable and ethical food systems leaders that are committed to people and place


Healthy Local Food Supports Local Economies

Healthy Local Food Knowledge is Power.

Healthy local food builds healthy local communities.

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The mission of The Piney Woods School is to provide excellence in education within a Christian community through creation of an exceptional academic model which supports the tenet that all students can learn, develop a strong work ethic, and lead extraordinary lives through academic achievement and responsible citizenship, but may not have the opportunity to do so for financial or other reasons.
Visit the Piney Woods School website.
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Choctaw Fresh Produce is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and is part tribal enterprise under the Mississippi Band Choctaws. Their work on this Collaborative will include converting three existing mini-farms to community food farms; launching and managing a Local Foods Ambassador program; educating the tribal community on nutrition and local foods; and offering fresh, local produce to tribal members.
Visit Choctaw Fresh Produce's facebook page.
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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.
Visit the Mississippi Foodcorps webpage.
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The mission of the MS Food Policy Council is to educate Mississippians about food and farm policies that build healthy communities and strengthen local food systems.
Visit the Mississippi Food Policy Council website.
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Our goal is to transform victims into survivors and active citizens who reach out and help others like them achieve liberty and dignity.
Visit the Boat People SOS website.
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Our goal is to transform victims into survivors and active citizens who reach out and help others like them achieve liberty and dignity.
More informatuion can be found on the Mississippi Farm to School Network website.
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Mileston Coop was set up back in 1942 by the Farmers Security Administration for sharecroppers in Holmes County, giving them land on which to grow crops to sell and for their own table.