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The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) hopes to give military veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career. Trainings range in length from conference presentations, two-day workshops, and week-long training events.  Keep scrolling to learn more.


Apply Now for Hybrid Armed to Urban Farm in Baltimore, MD

A woman weeds an urban farm plot.In partnership with the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), NCAT is bringing a unique hybrid model of their popular veterans’ urban sustainable agriculture training to Baltimore, Maryland in September and October 2021.

Armed to Urban Farm is usually a five-day, in-person training. It gives military veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and learn about urban farming as a career. In response to changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Armed to Urban farm will be a hybrid of online sessions via Zoom and two days of in-person farm tours. Participants must commit to attending both the virtual and in-person sessions.

This hybrid Armed to Urban Farm will combine engaging online classroom sessions with in-person farm tours and hands-on activities. Participants will learn about whole-farm planning, farm financial planning, urban crop production, urban soils, marketing, and more. Participants will gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise. In addition, attendees will join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.

Instructors will include NCAT sustainable agriculture specialists and U.S. Department of Agriculture personnel. Attendees will also learn from producers experienced in an urban setting.

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Applications are available at:
…and are due by August 13, 2021.

The program is available to military veterans who are interested in starting an urban farm or who are beginning urban farmers (less than 10 years). All veterans are welcome to apply, but those from the Mid-Atlantic region will receive priority. Spouses and farming partners are welcome as well, but must submit separate applications. NCAT will notify selected participants by August 20.

Dates, Location, and Cost

Armed to Urban Farm’s online sessions will take place via Zoom from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern on the following dates:
September 1
September 8
September 15
September 22

While participants may join the live Zoom sessions via phone only, access to a computer, tablet, or mobile device and internet is required in order to watch recorded sessions and complete online assignments.

The in-person portion of the training will take place Oct. 4-5, 2021, in Baltimore, MD. Participants must be able to travel to Baltimore to meet in person. Lodging will be provided at the Hyatt Place Baltimore/Inner Harbor. The training will include short classroom sessions at the Hyatt and travel to urban farms in Baltimore for tours and hands-on activities.

The event is free for those chosen to attend; lodging, transportation to local urban farms, and most meals will be provided. Participants must pay their own travel costs to and from the event.


NCAT and the USBG are partners in this program and will organize and host the Armed to Urban Farm online sessions and in-person event in Baltimore.

Please contact Andy Pressman,, (479) 587-3475. 

About the National Center for Appropriate Technology
Since 1976, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has been helping people build resilient communities through local and sustainable solutions that reduce poverty, strengthen self-reliance, and protect natural resources. In partnership with businesses, organizations, individuals and agricultural producers, NCAT is working to advance solutions that will ensure the next generation inherits a world that has clean air and water, energy production that is efficient and renewable, and healthy foods grown with sustainable practices. More information about its programs and services is available at or by calling 1-800-ASK-NCAT.

About the United States Botanic Garden
The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is the oldest continuously operating public garden in North America. The Garden informs visitors about the importance and fundamental value and diversity of plants, as well as their aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological significance. With over a million visitors annually, the USBG strives to demonstrate and promote sustainable practices. The USBG is a living plant museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and Botanic Gardens Conservation International.


Past Armed to Farm Trainings:

• May 10-14, 2021 ~ Fayetteville, AR
• Weekly from April 1-May 6, 2021 ~ Virtual
• October 21-25, 2019 ~ Geneva, NY
• September 9 – 13, 2019 ~ Cleveland, OH
• July 31-August 4, 2019 ~ Victor, NY
• June 10 – 14, 2019 ~ Craftsbury Common, VT
• May 13-17, 2019 ~ Crawfordsville, IN
• April 8 – 12, 2019 ~ Bozeman, MT
• February 25-March 1, 2019 ~ Fayetteville, AR
• October 15 – 19, 2018 ~ Glendive, MT
• October 1 – 5, 2018 ~ Fayetteville, AR
• September 10 – 14, 2018 ~ Washington, D.C.
• June 11 – 15, 2018 ~ Troy, NH
• April 16 – 20, 2018 ~ Davis, CA
• October 9 – 13, 2017 — Charlo, MT
• August 21 – 25, 2017 — Bangor, ME
• July 31 – August 4, 2017 — Queensbury, NY
• June 12 – 16, 2017 — Fayetteville, AR
• August 29 – September 2, 2016 — Great Falls, MT
• August 9-12, 2016 — Hamilton, NY
• June 6-10, 2016 — Fayetteville, AR
• August 2-7, 2015 — Houghton, NY
• April 13-17, 2015 — Castroville, TX
• September 22-26, 2014 — Jackson, MS
• September 15-19, 2014 — Fayetteville, AR
• June 17-22, 2013 — Fayetteville, AR


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