Armed to Farm Events

What is Armed to Farm?

Armed to Farm is Sustainable Agriculture Training For Military Veterans
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Upcoming Events:

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 Armed to Urban Farm 2.0 in Geneva, NY

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), in partnership with Cornell University’s Small Farms Program, is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) 2.0 training from October 21-25, 2019. ATF 2.0 is open to veterans and their partners who have completed the Armed to Farm 1.0 training and who are looking for more in-depth and enterprise-specific education on managing a profitable small-scale farm.

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, agroforestry, 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 Cornell University’s Small Farm Program and USDA agencies, plus experienced crop and livestock producers.

This Armed to Farm Training is limited to military veterans who have completed the Armed to Farm 1.0 training and who are enrolled in a New York State Veteran Affairs (VA) medical center (VISN2 Region). This includes the Canandaigua, Bath and other New York State VA medical facilities. Military veterans living in and around New York, who are enrolled, or are willing to enroll, in the New York State facilities are welcome to apply. The number of participants is limited. Applications are available at and are due by September 29th. NCAT will notify selected participants by October 4th.

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Applications are available at:
...and are due by September 29th, 2019.

Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm 2.0 will take place October 21 – October 25, 2019, at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront in Geneva, NY. Several local farms will provide hands-on learning experiences.

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

Support for this Armed to Farm program comes from NCAT’s ATTRA Program, Cornell University’s Small Farm Program and the Canandaigua VA Medical Center’s Whole Health Program.

Andy Pressman at or (479) 587-3475.

About the National Center for Appropriate Technology
Since 1976, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has been helping people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities 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.


Past Armed to Farm Trainings:

• September 9 - 13, 2019 ~ Cleveland, Ohio
• June 10 - 14, 2019 ~ Craftsbury Common, Vermont
• 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


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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.