Monthly Archives: February 2014

Community Focus Workshop – Hattiesburg – March 21, 2014


Community Focus Workshops

The next meeting in the Community Focus Workshop series,
will be on Friday, March 21st at 10:00am

at the
Ben McNair Center, N.12th & Conti Street.

The speaker will be
Christine E.H. Coker, Ph.D., GRP
Associate Research & Extension Professor of Urban Horticulture
MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center

Small-Space Gardening

The Community Focus Workshops is a series of free monthly
workshops to be held on the third Friday of each month.
These workshops will focus on topics such as gardening,
tree care, outdoor hobbies and other related topics.

Workshops will begin at 10:00am, last about an hour and are
hosted by City of Hattiesburg’s Recreation Department.
For more information call

Susie Jones at 601-545-4584
or Andy Parker at 601-545-1541.

Save the Date! Next MFPC Quarterly Public Meeting May 2nd


I am involved with the MS Food Policy Council. I currently Co-Chair the Food Access Subcommittee and am active on the Local Food Systems Subcommittee.

Mississippi Food Policy Council

MFPC quarterly public meeting

When: Friday, May 2, 2014

Where: MSU CAVS Extension Center

153 Mississippi Parkway
Canton, MS 39046

Time: 10:30 – 2:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided)

Directions: Take Exit 118 off I-55 towards Nissan Parkway.
Take Nissan Parkway West (118-B).
Take the first left onto Mississippi Parkway, which is the street CAVS-E is on.

Please RSVP to Debbie Smith at

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Small Farms Conference Coming in March!









Alcorn State University to Host 2014 Small Farmers Conference in Jackson


The 23rd annual Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) Small Farmers Conference, slated for March 24-26, 2014, will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, Miss.
Using Smarter Innovations to Strengthen Agriculture” is this year’s conference theme. The event is co-sponsored by ASUEP and the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives (MAC).


“We look forward to the conference as our greatest networking opportunity that brings together a diverse group of small farmers, ranchers, landowners and women with business ideas,” stated  Myra Draggs, executive director of MAC and conference co-chair. “This event has a great impact on the lives of its participants. Over the years, we have seen past attendees start businesses as a result of the information and encouragement received during the conference. This year, we look to further enhance opportunities for our participants to obtain knowledge and engage in collaborations.”


A highlight of the conference will be the observance of the 100th Year Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension System.  Other highlights will include learning site tour, a “Let’s Talk” Forum of state and federal agency personnel and farmers and ranchers, as well as several vendors and exhibitors showcasing their products


To register for the conference, please or contact ASUEP at (601) 877-6128 or call toll-free (877) 427-9536..


Scholarships will be available for small farmers, ranchers and women in business on first come first served basis until February 28, 2014. First consideration will be given to participants residing outside of 40-mile radius of Jackson. For information on scholarships, please contact Savannah Jackson, at the MAC office, at (601) 354-2750.

2014 SFC Web Registration

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway



In Mississippi, Arbor Day is celebrated on the second Friday of February each year.

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway!

Friday, February 14, 2014

7:30 am – 2:00 pm (while supplies last)

Harrison County Soil & Water Conservation District Office

12238 Ashley Drive, Gulfport

(Hwy. 49, 2 miles north of I-10; turn east onto Ashley)


What’s Available

Oaks     3 gal (1/household)

Southern Magnolia     1 Quart (1/household)

Bare-root Seedlings:

Sawtooth Oak

Nuttall Oak


Red Maple

***Southern Magnolia seedlings are donated by GreenForest Nursery in Perkinston***


The Spontaneous Idealist


I took one of those online career personality tests today.  The results were pretty spot on! To give you a little insight into me, I am sharing my results!

Spontaneous Idealists are creative, lively and open-minded persons. They are humorous and dispose of a contagious zest for life. Their enthusiasm and sparkling energy inspires others and sweeps them along. They enjoy being together with other people and often have an uncanny intuition for their motivations and potential.

Spontaneous Idealists are masters of communication and very amusing and gifted entertainers. Fun and variety are guaranteed when they are around. However, they are sometimes somewhat too impulsive in dealing with others and can hurt people without really meaning to do so, due to their direct and sometimes critical nature.

This personality type is a keen and alert observer; they miss nothing which is going on around them. In extreme cases, they tend to be oversensitive and exaggeratedly alert and are inwardly always ready to jump. Life for them is an exciting drama full of emotionality. However, they quickly become bored when things repeat themselves and too much detailed work and care is required. Their creativity, their imaginativeness and their originality become most noticeable when developing new projects and ideas – they then leave the meticulous implementation of the whole to others. On the whole, Spontaneous Idealists attach great value to their inner and outward independence and do not like accepting a subordinate role. They therefore have problems with hierarchies and authorities.

If you have a Spontaneous Idealist as your friend, you will never be bored; with them, you can enjoy life to the full and celebrate the best parties. At the same time, they are warm, sensitive, attentive and always willing to help. If Spontaneous Idealists have just fallen in love, the sky is full of violins and their new partners are showered with attention and affection. This type then bubbles over with charm, tenderness and imagination. But, unfortunately, it soon becomes boring for them once the novelty has worn off. Boring everyday life in a partnership is not for them so that many Spontaneous Idealists slip from one affair into another. However, should the partner manage to keep their curiosity alive and not let routine and familiarity gain the upper hand, Spontaneous Idealists can be inspiring and loving partners.

Adjectives that describe my type
spontaneous, enthusiastic, idealistic, extroverted, theoretical, emotional, relaxed, friendly, optimistic, charming, helpful, independent, individualistic, creative, dynamic, lively, humorous, full of zest for life, imaginative, changeable, adaptable, loyal, sensitive, inspiring, sociable, communicative, erratic, curious, open, vulnerable

My Personality Type: The Spontaneous Idealist.