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.
- April 16 – April 20, 2018 ~ Armed to Farm ~ Glide Ranch; Davis, California
Applications Available for Armed to Farm in California
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training to California for the first time. ATF gives veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career.
ATF combines engaging classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities. Participants learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. Participants gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise. In addition, ATF attendees join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.
Veterans can visit ncat.org/atf_CA to complete an application by March 2, 2018. The program is available to military veterans in California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Washington who are interested in starting a farm or who have recently begun farming (less than 10 years). Spouses and farming partners are also invited to apply. NCAT will notify selected participants by March 12th, 2018.
Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm is scheduled for April 16- April 20, 2018 at Glide Ranch in Davis, California
The training will be divided between classroom sessions and travel to local farms for tours and hands-on activities.
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 the Armed to Farm event in California. Financial support comes from NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program.
Please contact NCAT’s California office at (530)792-7338.
Past Armed to Farm Trainings:
• October 9 – 13, 2017 — Charlo, MT
• 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.