Felicia BellFelicia Bell

Regional Director
Gulf States Regional Office

Topic Areas: Business Planning and Marketing, Food Equity, Livestock, Organic Livestock

Specific Areas of Expertise: Food service, grazing land management, heritage breed animals, herbal remedies for livestock

Felicia Bell has worked as a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist at the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Gulf States regional office in Jackson, Mississippi, since 2013. A fourth-generation farmer and founding member of RD&S Farm, LLC, Felicia is fascinated by traditional agriculture strategies of all cultures, especially African farming methods and techniques. She was born into agriculture and what most people today would refer to as homesteading. Felicia’s deep-rooted values in helping others as a producer have been the driving force in her assisting communities. Over many years, she has learned several appropriate methods and practices that assist small-scale producers with resourceful and inexpensive solutions to lessen cost burdens and increase the viability of farm enterprises. Felicia believes that everyone deserves the right to access healthy foods, and with the collective effort of small sustainable farmers across the country, this can become a reality.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Jackson State University
Additional studies in Grazing Land Management, at University of Georgia
Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida Atlantic University

Current Professional Affiliations and Committees:
Board Member, Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
Board Member, Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative
Board Member and Treasurer, Mississippi Food Policy Council

Featured Publications and Presentations:
Farmer and Food Vendor as a Sustainable Option

Youth in Agriculture – Carolyn Jones

Local Food System – Inner City Farmers Market – Otis Wright

Engaging Farmer Members during trying Times – Fenton Pope

Generation Farm Sustainability – Cotton Family Farm


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