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Armed to Farm: Sustainable Agriculture Training For Military Veterans

Participants in the 2013 Armed to Farm Veterans Training had this to say:

"Thank you for this opportunity. This week, I feel, will help me to actually implement my dreams right away. This week exceeds my expectations in every way. This may be one of the best experiences of my life."

"This was far and away the most valuable training I have attended."

Ann with goat

The purpose of Armed to Farm (ATF) is to provide veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises. Veterans will examine farming as a viable career and will learn about the capital, labor, and risks involved in farming, as well as the return on investment that is realistically possible.

ATF will be a dynamic blend of farm tours and hands-on experience with classroom instruction. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. Participants will leave the training with a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise.

NCAT Sustainable Agriculture specialists will teach the training sessions. Additional contributors will include staff from the University of Arkansas, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and experienced crop and livestock producers.

Two Armed to Farm events are scheduled.

  • September 14-19, 2014 in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • September 22-26, 2014 in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Hands-on instruction will take place at several area farms


Sorry, the Application Deadline has Passed

The number of participants will be limited.
Applications were due August 6, 2014.

The event will be free for participants, and lodging and most meals will be provided. Veterans selected to attend will be responsible for travel costs to and from the event.

Veterans from Arkansas and Mississippi, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF & OIF) veterans and their spouses will receive first priority. National Guardsmen/women and Reservists are also encouraged to apply. Secondary focus will be on all other veterans. Spouses are encouraged to attend, not only if they are interested, but because running a farm will impact their lives even if they are not directly involved.

Armed to Farm is organized and hosted by the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Financial support comes from USDA Rural Development and NCAT's ATTRA program.

Please note:

  • Attendees are responsible for their travel to and from the event. Please let us know if travel cost is an issue.
  • Space is limited and NCAT reserves the right to select those people it deems would benefit most by this event.


For more information, please contact Margo Hale at or (479) 442-9824.


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Our Arkansas partner farms:
Across the Creek Farm; Ames Orchard and Nursery; Maple Gorge Farm; Ozark Alternatives; Ozark Pasture Beef.

Our Mississippi partner farms:
Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production; Beaverdam Fresh Farms; Francis Flowers and Herbs Farm; Mississippi Meat Goat Producers Cooperative; Mississippi Modern Homestead Center; Uncle Bubba's Farm.


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