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.
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Applications Available for Vermont Armed to Farm Veteran Training
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training. ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a viable career.
ATF’s engaging blend of farm tours, hands-on experience, and interactive classroom instruction gives participants a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farm. Participants learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. In addition, attendees gain a network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.
NCAT Sustainable Agriculture specialists will teach the training sessions. Additional contributors will include staff from Sterling College and USDA agencies, plus experienced crop and livestock producers.
Applications are available at: www.ncat.org/atf_VT and are due by Monday, May 3rd, 2019.
All military veterans, as well as their spouses or farm partners, are welcome to apply. However, selection priority will be given to residents of the Northeast region. The number of participants will be limited. NCAT will notify selected participants by May 10th.
Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm will take place June 10-14, in the Craftsbury Common, Vermont area. Participants will attend classroom sessions at Sterling College, a private college in Craftsbury Common. Several local farms will provide hands-on learning experiences.
The event is free for those chosen to attend; lodging at Sterling College, transportation to local farms, and most meals will be provided. Participants must pay their own travel costs to and from the event.
Armed to Farm is sponsored by NCAT’s ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Margo Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org or (479) 442-9824.
Past Armed to Farm Trainings:
• April 8 – 12, 2019 ~ Bozeman, Montana
• October 15 – 19, 2018 ~ Glendive, Montana
• October 1 – 5, 2018 ~ Fayetteville, Arkansas
• 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
Funding for Armed to Farm has come from NCAT’s ATTRA – Sustainable Agriculture program, USDA Rural Business Cooperative Services, USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, projects with the University of Arkansas and Cornell University, USDA Risk Management Agency and Swords to Plowshares.