Current Opportunities

Armed to Farm – North Carolina

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is partnering with Appalachian State University’s Frontline to Farm program to bring its Armed to Farm training to North Carolina for the first time.

Armed to Farm participants learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, USDA programs, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. Participants gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farm. In addition, Armed to Farm attendees join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.

Armed to Farm trainings include an engaging blend of farm tours, hands-on activities, and interactive classroom instruction. NCAT Sustainable Agriculture specialists will teach the training sessions. Staff from Appalachian State, USDA agencies, and experienced crop and livestock producers will provide additional instruction.

Applications are available HERE and are due by June 10, 2022.

This training is for veterans in the Southeast, with preference given to those in North Carolina. The number of participants will be limited. NCAT will notify selected participants by June 17. A spouse or farm partner is welcome to attend with a veteran but must submit a separate application.

Dates, Location, and Cost

Armed to Farm will take place July 25-29 in Boone, North Carolina. Participants will attend classroom sessions and travel to local farms for hands-on learning experiences.

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, but travel scholarships are available through a partnership with Ranchin’ Vets.


NCAT and Appalachian State University’s Frontline to Farm program are partnering to host this Armed to Farm event. This work is supported by BFRDP grant 2020-49400-32401 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


Please contact Margo Hale at or 479-442-9824.

Armed to Farm 2.0

Armed to Farm 2.0 will return in 2023!

Armed to Farm 2.0 is a next-level sustainable agriculture training designed for those who have attended an Armed to Farm in the past. ATF 2.0 provides more in-depth curriculum on business planning, financial management, marketing, and scaling-up production. We tailor hands-on activities at area farms to participants’ needs and focus on more advanced production, marketing, and entrepreneurship techniques. There is plenty of time for information sharing and networking. NCAT provides lodging, most meals, and transportation to local farms during this week-long event.

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