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Armed to Farm is Sustainable Agriculture Training For Military Veterans
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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.

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Apply Now for Armed to Urban Farm in Cleveland, OH

In partnership with the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and Holden Forests & Gardens, NCAT is bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) veterans training to Cleveland, Ohio, for a special event focused on urban farming. Armed to Urban Farm will give military veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and learn about urban farming as a career.

ATF combines engaging classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, urban soils, land access, vegetable production, and more. Participants will gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise. In addition, ATF attendees will join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.

Instructors will include NCAT sustainable agriculture specialists and U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies, plus producers experienced in an urban setting.

Veterans can visit to complete an application by July 26, 2019. The program is available to military veterans who are interested in starting an urban farm or who are beginning urban farmers (less than 10 years). All veterans are welcome to apply, but those from Northern Ohio will receive priority. Spouses and farming partners are also invited to apply. NCAT will notify selected participants by August 2.

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...and are due by July 26th, 2019.

Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Urban Farm is scheduled for September 9-13, 2019. Participants will stay at the historic Glidden House hotel and attend classes at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. The training will be divided between classroom time and travel to urban farms in the Cleveland area for tours and hands-on activities.

The event is free for those chosen to attend; lodging, transportation to local urban farms, and most meals will be provided. Participants must pay their own travel costs to and from the event.

NCAT and the USBG are partners in this program and will organize and host the Armed to Urban Farm event in Cleveland, in collaboration with Holden Forests & Gardens.

Andy Pressman at or (479) 587-3475.


About the National Center for Appropriate Technology
Since 1976, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has been helping people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities and protect natural resources. In partnership with businesses, organizations, individuals and agricultural producers, NCAT is working to advance solutions that will ensure the next generation inherits a world that has clean air and water, energy production that is efficient and renewable, and healthy foods grown with sustainable practices. More information about its programs and services is available at or by calling 1-800-ASK-NCAT.

About the United States Botanic Garden
The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. The Garden informs visitors about the importance and fundamental value and diversity of plants, as well as their aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological significance. With over a million visitors annually, the USBG strives to demonstrate and promote sustainable practices. The USBG is a living plant museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

About Holden Forests & Gardens
Holden Forests & Gardens includes the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio and the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland’s University Circle cultural district. The organization is making a positive impact in the region through urban greening and forestry initiatives, environmental research, nature-based educational programs, and world-class visitor experiences to its two campuses. Holden Forests & Gardens envisions a future in which vibrant green communities and diverse native forests flourish and sustain life.


Past Armed to Farm Trainings:

• April 8 - 12, 2019 ~ Bozeman, Montana • October 15 - 19, 2018 ~ Glendive, Montana • October 1 - 5, 2018 ~ Fayetteville, Arkansas • September 10 – 14, 2018 ~ Washington, D.C. • June 11 – 15, 2018 ~ Troy, NH • April 16 - 20, 2018 ~ Davis, CA • 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


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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.