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.
The number of participants will be limited. Applications are due February 28, and selected participants will be notified no later than March 8. 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.