The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) hopes to give military veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career. Trainings range in length from conference presentations, two-day workshops, and week-long training events. Keep scrolling to learn more.
‘Armed to Farm’ Veteran Training Set for Montana this Fall
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend our Armed to Farm (ATF) training in Charlo, Montana.
The week-long ATF training gives veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career.
ATF offers a dynamic blend of farm tours and hands-on experience with classroom instruction. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, vegetable production, small grain 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 USDA Agencies, plus experienced crop and livestock producers.
Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm is scheduled for October 9-13 at Ninepipes Lodge in Montana’s Mission Valley. Participants will attend classroom sessions at the lodge, and the hands-on instruction will take place at several area farms.
The number of participants will be limited. Applications are due August 18, and selected participants will be notified no later than August 25. Spouses are encouraged to apply as well because running a farm will impact their lives even if they are not directly involved.
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.
To apply, click here. Remember, applications are due August 18.
Armed to Farm is organized and hosted by the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Financial support comes from NCAT’s ATTRA program and NorthWest Farm Credit Services.
Please contact Tammy Howard, firstname.lastname@example.org, (406) 494-8683
Past Armed to Farm Trainings:
• August 21-25, 2017 — Bangor, ME
• July 31 – August 4, 2017 — Queensbury, NY
• June 12 – 16, 2017 — Fayetteville, AR
• August 29 – September 2, 2016 — Great Falls, MT
• August 9-12, 2016 — Hamilton, NY
• June 6-10, 2016 — Fayetteville, AR
• August 2-7, 2015 — Houghton, NY
• April 13-17, 2015 — Castroville, TX
• September 22-26, 2014 — Jackson, MS
• September 15-19, 2014 — Fayetteville, AR
• June 17-22, 2013 — Fayetteville, AR
Funding for Armed to Farm has come from NCAT’s ATTRA – Sustainable Agriculture program, USDA Rural Business Cooperative Services, USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, projects with the University of Arkansas and Cornell University, USDA Risk Management Agency and Swords to Plowshares.