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 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a viable career.
About Armed to FarmATF’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 www.ncat.org/atf_AR and are due by August 10.
All military veterans, as well as their spouses or farm partners, are welcome to apply. However, the number of participants will be limited. NCAT will notify selected participants by August 17.
Dates, Location, and CostArmed to Farm will take place October 1-5, 2018, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.Participants will attend classroom sessions at the Mt. Sequoyah Center, a retreat and event center located in the heart of Fayetteville. Several local farms will provide hands-on learning experiences.
The event is free for those chosen to attend; lodging at the retreat center, transportation to local farms, and most meals will be provided. Participants must pay their own travel costs to and from the event.
SponsorsArmed to Farm is sponsored by NCAT’s ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program and a grant from the USDA Small and Medium-sized Farm program.
Please contact Margo Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-442-9824.
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. More information about its programs and services is available at www.ncat.org or by calling 1-800-ASK-NCAT.