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.
- October 15 – October 19, 2018 ~ Armed to Farm ~ Glendive, Montana Apply!
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Applications Available for October Armed to Farm Veteran Training in Glendive, Montana
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 in Glendive, Montana. ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a viable career. This training is limited to residents of the Intermountain and Northwestern states, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota.
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 USDA agencies, plus experienced crop and livestock producers.
Applications are available at: https://www.ncat.org/atf_MT/ and are due by August 24th, 2018.
Dates, Location, and Cost
This Armed to Farm will take place October 15-19th, 2018, in Glendive, Montana. Participants will attend classroom sessions at the Yellowstone River Inn. Several regional farms will provide hands-on learning experiences.
The event is free for those chosen to attend; lodging at the Inn, 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 a grant from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
Please contact Tammy Howard at 406-494-8683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Armed to Farm Trainings:
• 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.