The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training. ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a viable career.
About Armed to Farm
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.
Applications are available at https://www.ncat.org/atf_IN/ and are due by Monday, April 8, 2019.
All military veterans, as well as their spouses or farm partners, are welcome to apply. However, veterans located in the Midwest region will receive priority. The number of participants will be limited. NCAT will notify selected participants by April 12.
Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm will take place May 13-17, in the Crawfordsville, Indiana area. Participants will attend classroom sessions at the Holiday Inn Express in Crawfordsville. Several local farms will provide hands-on learning experiences.
The event is free for those chosen to attend; lodging at the Holiday Inn Express, transportation to local farms, and most meals will be provided. Participants must pay their own travel costs to and from the event.
Please contact Margo Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-442-9824.