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Armed to Farm – New York

NCAT is teaming up with Cornell University’s Small Farms Program to bring our Armed to Farm training back to New York State. Veterans who want to attend the week-long training can apply online now.

Armed to Farm allows veterans and their spouses or farm partners to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore career opportunities in agriculture. At 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 lead the training sessions. Additional contributors will include staff from Cornell’s Small Farm Program and USDA agencies, plus experienced crop and livestock producers.

This training is for veterans in the Northeast, with priority given to New York State residents. The number of participants will be limited. One spouse or farm partner is welcome to attend with a veteran but must submit a separate application.

Applications are available HERE and are due by September 11. NCAT will notify selected participants by September 15.

Dates, Location, and Cost

Armed to Farm will take place October 16-20 in Warwick, New York. 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. Information on travel scholarships will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

Sponsors

NCAT and the Cornell Small Farms Program have partnered to host this Armed to Farm event.

Questions?

Please contact Lee Rinehart at lee@ncat.org.

Agricultural Conference Scholarships for Veterans

Limited scholarships are available for military veterans in the Southeastern U.S. who would like to attend agricultural conferences.

Appalachian State University’s Frontline to Farm program and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are partnering to offer the veteran scholarships. NCAT will award scholarships of up to $250 for military veterans who want to learn about sustainable livestock production and farm business at an agricultural conference.

Scholarships will cover registration costs, up to $250, for the following conferences:

Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis.

Please note:

Veterans in the Southeastern U.S. who are raising livestock will receive priority.

Veterans who receive a scholarship will be responsible for their own conference registration.

Recipients must submit a conference registration receipt in order to be reimbursed.

For more information on the scholarships, contact Margo Hale at margoh@ncat.org.

Armed to Farm 2.0 – Montana

NCAT is now accepting applications from Armed to Farm alumni who want to attend our Armed to Farm 2.0 training in September. This program is for Armed to Farm graduates and will take a hybrid approach, combining virtual programming and an in-person intensive.

About Armed to Farm 2.0

Armed to Farm 2.0 is open to Armed to Farm alumni who are looking for more in-depth and enterprise-specific education on managing a profitable small-scale farm.

The virtual programming will feature financing 2.0, grants for farmer veterans, and checking in with business plans. The in-person intensive will have plenty of interactive follow-up from the virtual sessions, in-depth conservation planning instruction, and enterprise specific site visits with applied activities.

This event is open only to military veterans who have attended an in-person Armed to Farm training. One spouse or farm partner is welcome to attend with the veteran but must submit a separate application. Space is limited and attendees from the Mountain and Pacific Northwest will receive selection priority.

Dates, Location, and Cost

Virtual sessions will take place via Zoom September 11 and 18. The in-person sessions will take place in Bozeman from September 25-27 at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn.

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. Information on travel scholarships will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

Sponsors

NCAT is hosting this Armed to Farm 2.0 event. This work is supported by USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement.

Questions?

Please contact Tammy Howard at tammyh@ncat.org or 406-494-8683.

The application period for this training is now closed.

Armed to Urban Farm – Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) are offering their popular veterans’ urban agriculture training in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, this fall.

Armed to Urban Farm gives military veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and learn about urban farming as a career. Armed to Urban Farm will include three days of engaging classroom sessions, farm tours, and hands-on activities in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Armed to Urban Farm participants will learn about whole-farm planning, farm financial planning, urban crop production, urban soils, marketing, and more. Participants will gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable urban farming enterprise. In addition, 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. Attendees will also learn from producers experienced in an urban setting.

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 the Upper Midwest region will receive priority. Spouses and adult farming partners are welcome as well, but must submit separate applications. Selected participants will be notified by July 28.

Dates, Location, and Cost

The training will take place September 11-13, in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. The event is free for those accepted 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, but travel scholarships are available through a partnership with Ranchin’ Vets. Information on travel scholarships will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

Hosts

NCAT and the USBG, partners in this program, will organize and host the Armed to Urban Farm event in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The application period for this training has closed.

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