As one of five instructors for the 2019 Farmer Training Program, Bahia will be welcoming you to the series and laying the groundwork to help you succeed in the workshops and in your farm-based business. Bahia Nightengale is the Director of the Central Louisiana Local Food Initiatives at CLEDA, she works to strengthen Central Louisiana’s (ten Parish) rural economy with the development of resilient farm and ranch businesses that partake in community-based local food systems. Most recently Bahia was the Community Development Manager for the City of Temple, Texas. Originally from rural California, born in Yosemite National Park; she has lived and worked in more than a dozen states; working to implement resources with communities that meet the health, social, economic and environmental needs of all residents.
A former law enforcement officer, wildland firefighter, rock-climber and whitewater kayaker, at her heart, Bahia is a farmer. She and her husband lived in Iowa for several years, growing fruits and vegetables on their ten-acre farm; selling through a multi-farm CSA, wholesale to restaurants, and to support charitable donations to community food boxes for under-nourished families. Bahia currently resides with her husband Mark, and their two dogs in Alexandria, LA, growing a small garden and a compost pile.
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This class is a huge time commitment, but if you want to be smart about what you do they give you the tools and the know-how so you can grow your business.