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.

  • June 12 – 16, 2017 ~ Armed to Farm ~ Fayetteville, Arkansas ~ Application period over
  • July 31 – August 4, 2017 ~ Armed to Farm ~ Queensbury, New York ~ Apply!
  • August 21 – 25, 2017 ~ Armed to Farm ~ Bangor, Maine ~ Apply!
  • October 9 – 13, 2017 ~ Armed to Farm ~ Ronan, Montana


armed to farm New YorkApplications Available for Armed to Farm in New York State

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program are bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training back to New York State. ATF gives veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career.

ATF combines engaging classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities. Participants learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, vegetable production, and more. Participants gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise. In addition, ATF attendees join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.

Instructors include NCAT sustainable agriculture specialists, staff from the Cornell Small Farms Program, Cooperative Extension, and USDA agencies, plus experienced crop and livestock producers.

Apply Now

Veterans can visit https://www.ncat.org/atf_NY/ to complete an application by June 23, 2017.

The program is available to military veterans in New York State who are interested in starting a farm or who have recently begun farming (less than 10 years). Spouses and farming partners are also invited to apply. NCAT will notify selected participants by June 29.

Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm is scheduled for July 31-Aug. 4, 2017 at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, NY.
The training will be divided between classroom sessions and travel to local farms for tours and hands-on activities.

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.

Sponsors
NCAT and the Cornell Small Farms Program organize and host the Armed to Farm event in New York. Financial support comes from NCAT’s ATTRA program and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Any questions?
Please contact Margo Hale, margoh@ncat.org, (479) 442-9824

 


 

Ken walking in the pastureApply Now for August Armed to Farm Veteran Training in Maine

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is partnering with United Farmer Veterans of Maine (UFVM) to bring its Armed to Farm (ATF) training to the Northeast. Veterans who want to attend the week-long training in Bangor, Maine, can apply online now.

ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore career opportunities in agriculture. At ATF, participants learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. Participants gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farm. In addition, ATF attendees join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.

ATF trainings include an engaging blend of farm tours, hands-on activities, and interactive classroom instruction. NCAT Sustainable Agriculture specialists will teach the training sessions. Staff from USDA Agencies and experienced crop and livestock producers will provide additional instruction.

Apply Now

Applications are available at:
https://www.ncat.org/atf_ME/
and are due by July 12, 2017.

This training is for veterans in the Northeast, with preference given to those in Maine. The number of participants will be limited. Spouses are welcome to apply as well.

NOTE: Applicants will be notified no later than July 19th, 2017 about the status of their application.

Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm will take place August 21-25, 2017 in Bangor, Maine.
Participants will attend classroom sessions and travel to local farms, including several successful, veteran-owned operations, for 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.

Sponsors
NCAT is organizing and hosting this Armed to Farm event in partnership with the UFVM. Financial support comes from the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

Any questions?
Please contact Margo Hale, margoh@ncat.org, (479) 442-9824


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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