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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.

 


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Apply Now for Armed to Farm in Fayetteville, AR

Although times are uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCAT is moving forward with accepting applications from military veterans for the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The training is currently scheduled for June 15-19, 2020.

The health and safety of our staff and participants is paramount. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following guidance on travel, social distancing, and group gatherings. If it is not yet safe to hold the training in June we will postpone the event.

ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a 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.

Veterans can visit https://www.ncat.org/atf_AR_20 to complete an application by May 8th, 2020. The number of participants will be limited. Spouses and farming partners are welcome as well, but must submit separate applications. NCAT will notify selected participants by May 15th, 2020.

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Applications are available at:
https://www.ncat.org/atf_AR_20
...and are due by May 8th, 2020.

Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm will take place June 15-18th 2020 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Participants will attend classroom sessions at the Mt. Sequoyah Center, a retreat and event center located in the heart of Fayetteville. Several local farms will provide hands-on learning experiences.

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

Sponsors
Armed to Farm is sponsored by NCAT’s ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program and a grant from the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program.

Questions?
Please contact Margo Hale at margoh@ncat.org or 479-442-9824.



 


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Apply Now for Armed to Farm in Albuquerque, NM

Postponed Until Further Notice
We will notify current applicants and reopen the applications once we are able to confirm a new date for each training.

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is partnering with Holistic Management International (HMI) to bring its Armed to Farm (ATF) training to the Southwest. Veterans who want to attend the week-long training in Albuquerque, New Mexico 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, USDA programs, 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 HMI, USDA agencies, and experienced crop and livestock producers will provide additional instruction



 


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Apply Now for Armed to Urban Farm in Baltimore, MD


Postponed Until Further Notice
We will notify current applicants and reopen the applications once we are able to confirm a new date for each training.

In partnership with the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), NCAT is bringing the week-long Armed to Urban Farm veterans' sustainable agriculture training to Baltimore, Maryland. Armed to Urban Farm gives military veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and learn about urban farming as a career.

Armed to Urban Farm, which is based on NCAT's popular Armed to Farm program, combines engaging classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, urban soils, land access, vegetable production, and more. Participants will gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise. In addition, attendees will join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.

Instructors will include NCAT sustainable agriculture specialists, University of Maryland Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies. Attendees will also learn from producers experienced in an urban setting.


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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 www.ncat.org or by calling 1-800-ASK-NCAT.

About the United States Botanic Garden
The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is the oldest continuously operating public garden in North America. The Garden informs visitors about the importance and fundamental value and diversity of plants, as well as their aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological significance. With over a million visitors annually, the USBG strives to demonstrate and promote sustainable practices. The USBG is a living plant museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and Botanic Gardens Conservation International.


 


Past Armed to Farm Trainings:

• October 21-25, 2019 ~ Geneva, NY
• September 9 - 13, 2019 ~ Cleveland, Ohio
• July 31-August 4, 2019 ~ Victor, NY
• June 10 - 14, 2019 ~ Craftsbury Common, Vermont
• May 13-17, 2019 ~ Crawfordsville, IN
• April 8 - 12, 2019 ~ Bozeman, Montana
• February 25-March 1, 2019 ~ Fayetteville, AR • 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.