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.
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/armed-to-farm-events/#ATF_ARFAY_17 and are due by April 28.
The number of participants will be limited. NCAT will notify selected participants by May 5. We encourage spouses to apply as well; running a farm will impact their lives even if they are not directly involved in the day-to-day operation.
Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm will take place June 12-16, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Participants will attend classroom sessions on the University of Arkansas campus. Several local farms will provide 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.
NCAT organizes and hosts Armed to Farm in partnership with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Financial support comes from NCAT’s ATTRA program and USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
Please contact Margo Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-442-9824.