'Armed to Farm' Training for Veterans
Interested in Farming Set for Arkansas
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend a week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) Training. ATF gives veterans and their spouses an opportunity to seesustainable, profitablesmall-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career.
ATF will be a dynamic blend of farm tours and hands-on experience with classroom instruction. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable 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.
Applications are available at https://www.ncat.org/armed-to-farm-events/#ATF_FAY_16
Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm is scheduled for June 6-10, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Participants will attend classroom sessions on the University of Arkansas campus. Hands-on instruction will take place at several area farms.
The number of participants will be limited. Applications are due April 29, and selected participants will be notified no later than May 6. 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.
Armed to Farm is organized and hosted by the National Center for Appropriate Technology in partnership with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Financial support comes from NCAT’s ATTRA program and USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.