Veterans and their spouses who are considering farming as a viable career can apply to spend several days in September learning about sustainable, small-scale farming at “Armed to Farm” (ATF) events in Arkansas and Mississippi.
NCAT is organizing the ATF events, which are supported by USDA Rural Development and NCAT’s ATTRA program.
Two ATF events will be held:
– September 14-19 in Fayetteville, Arkansas
– September 22-26 in Jackson, Mississippi
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.
The number of participants will be limited. Applications are due August 1, 2014.
Selected participants will be notified no later than August 8, 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 as well as Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF & OIF) veterans and their spouses will receive first priority. National Guardsmen/women and Reservists also are 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.
See www.ncat.org/armedtofarm for complete application details. For more information, please contact Margo Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org or< (479) 442-9824. To read an inspirational Armed to Farm success story, visit www.ncat.org/armed-to-farm-veterans-build-partnership-and-community.