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Value-Added Products, Agritourism are the Keys to Success for Maine’s SeaLyon Farm

When Don and Marcia Lyons started SeaLyon Farm in 2017, it was what they describe as a “clean slate.”     “ATTRA got us started on the right foot and gave us the right connections and guidance to navigate the Maine farmer support…
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Armed to Farm blew me away. Two years into my own agricultural business and I still reflect on the immersive experience as a highlight. The combination of in-field and in-class activities kept me engaged and paved the way. I would highly recommend the program to any veteran who is looking to turn their passion into a successful business.

“NCAT’s ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program influenced a whole livestock industry in the U.S. to rethink how they were managing their livestock in a way that regenerates the soil.” 

“When it comes to energy professionals, NCAT is on speed dial. NCAT helped us every
step of the way in creating an energy efficiency grant program in Montana.”

“NCAT’s Soil for Water program offers a chance to learn new things and to apply it to your land and to improve.” 

“The Armed to Farm program is THE reason I was able to get started in farming. The opportunity to connect with other veterans and support each other’s dreams was life changing. The education and support from NCAT/ATTRA guided me through starting a profitable farm that fuels my newfound passion for farming.” 

“The thing that really makes Armed to Farm better than the rest is that it’s the complete package. They do a really good job of presenting a lot of information and resources in a short amount of time while also creating interface time with local veteran farmers. Being able to go for free and learn as a veteran getting into agriculture – that’s just absolutely invaluable.” 

August 29, 2018 - UMass Grad student Kristin Oleskwwicz harvests vegetables grown under PV arrays at a test plot at the UMass Crop Animal Research and Education Center in South Deerfield, MA. NREL researcher Jordan Macknick is working with teams from UMass Clean Energy Extension and Hyperion on a photovoltaic dual-use research project at the site. The project is researching simultaneously growing crops under PV arrays while producing electricity from the panels and is part of the DOE InSPIRE project seeking to improve the environmental compatibility and mutual benefits of solar development with agriculture and native landscapes. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL

Learn How Massachusetts Farmers Harvest the Sun Twice During the AgriSolar Clearinghouse ‘Follow the Sun’ Tour

The AgriSolar Clearinghouse, developed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is bringing its Follow the Sun tour to three dual-use farms in Massachusetts on August 10. Follow the Sun is a series of hands-on field trips to…
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Butte-Silver Bow Invites Applicants for Resilient Butte Planning Committee

Community Partnership Seeks to Boost Green Energy and Climate Preparedness   Butte, MT— Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive J.P. Gallagher, along with partners at the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and Montana Technological…
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Apply Now for NCAT’s Free Farmer-Veteran Training in Colorado

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is teaming up with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to bring NCAT’s free Armed to Farm training to Colorado for the first time. Armed to Farm will take place August 29-September 2, 2022,…

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