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Armed to Urban Farm – Memphis

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) are offering a unique hybrid model of their popular veterans’ urban agriculture training in Memphis, Tennessee, this fall.

Armed to Urban Farm will be a hybrid of online sessions via Zoom and three days of in-person farm tours in Memphis. Participants must commit to attending both the virtual and in-person sessions.

This hybrid Armed to Urban Farm will combine engaging online classroom sessions with in-person farm tours and hands-on activities. 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 farming enterprise. In addition, attendees will join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.

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 Mid-Atlantic region will receive priority. Spouses and adult farming partners are welcome as well, but must submit separate applications. Selected participants will be notified by September 16.

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Dates, Location, and Cost

Armed to Urban Farm’s online sessions will take place via Zoom in early October.

While participants may join the live Zoom sessions via phone only, access to a computer, tablet, or mobile device and internet is required in order to watch recorded sessions and complete online assignments.

The in-person portion of the training will take place October 17-19, in Memphis, TN. Participants must be able to travel to Memphis to meet in person.

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.

Hosts

NCAT and the USBG, partners in this program, will organize and host the Armed to Urban Farm online sessions and in-person event in Memphis.

Questions?

Please contact Andy Pressman at andyp@ncat.org or 479-587-3475.

Armed to Farm – Colorado

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is partnering with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to bring its Armed to Farm training to Colorado 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 USDA agencies and experienced crop and livestock producers will provide additional instruction.

This training is for veterans in the West, with preference given to those in Colorado. The number of participants will be limited. NCAT will notify selected participants by July 22. 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 August 29-September 2 in Boulder, Colorado. 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.

Sponsors

NCAT and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union are partnering to host this Armed to Farm event. This work is supported by the USDA Natural Resources Conservations Service and the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement.

Questions?

Please contact Andy Pressman at andyp@ncat.org or 479-587-3475.

The application period for Armed to Farm – Colorado is now closed. 

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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