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.

Stretching the fenceApplications now Available for June 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 USDA Agencies, plus experienced crop and livestock producers.

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Applications are available at:

The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017.

NOTE: Applicants will be notified no later than May 5th, 2017 about the status of their application.

The number of participants will be limited. We encourage spouses to apply as well; running a farm will impact their lives even if they are not directly involved in the day-to-day operation.

Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm will take place June 12-16, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Participants will attend classroom sessions on the University of Arkansas campus. Several local farms will provide hands-on learning experiences. The event is free for those chosen to attend; lodging, transportation to local farms, and most meals will be provided. Participants must pay their own travel costs to and from the event.

NCAT organizes and hosts Armed to Farm in partnership with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Financial support comes from NCAT’s ATTRA program and USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

Any questions?
Please contact Margo Hale,, (479) 442-9824

For more information on the scholarships, contact Margo Hale at

Past Armed to Farm Trainings:

• 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.


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