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.

 


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Apply Now for Armed to Urban Farm in Baltimore, MD

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.

Veterans can visit https://www.ncat.org/atf_MD_20 to complete an application by March 20th, 2020. The program is available to military veterans who are interested in starting an urban farm or who are beginning urban farmers (less than 10 years). All veterans are welcome to apply, but those from the Mid-Atlantic region will receive priority. Spouses and farming partners are welcome as well, but must submit separate applications. NCAT will notify selected participants by March 27th, 2020.

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Applications are available at:
https://www.ncat.org/atf_MD_20
...and are due by March 20th, 2020.

Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Urban Farm is scheduled for May 4-8, 2020. Participants will stay at the Marriott Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor. The training will be divided between classroom time at the Marriott and travel to urban farms in Baltimore for tours and hands-on activities.

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

Hosts
NCAT and the USBG are partners in this program and will organize and host the Armed to Urban Farm event in Baltimore.

Questions?
Andy Pressman at andyp@ncat.org or (479) 587-3475.


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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.


 


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Apply Now for April Armed to Farm Veteran Training in Georgia

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is partnering with Georgia Organics to bring its Armed to Farm (ATF) training to Georgia. Veterans who want to attend the week-long training in Athens, Georgia, 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 USDA Agencies and experienced crop and livestock producers will provide additional instruction.

This training is for veterans in the Southeast, with preference given to those in Georgia. The number of participants will be limited. Spouses are welcome to apply as well. The number of participants is limited. Applications are available at https://www.ncat.org/atf_GA_20 and are due by February 28th. NCAT will notify selected participants by March 6th.

Apply Now

Applications are available at:
https://www.ncat.org/atf_GA_20/
...and are due by February 28th, 2019.

Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm will take place April 6-10, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. Participants will attend classroom sessions and travel to local farms 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 Georgia Organics. Funding is provided by USDA's Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement.

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


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.


 


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.