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Armed to Farm Veteran Training
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) hopes to give military veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career. Trainings range in length from conference presentations, two-day workshops, and week-long training events.
NCAT is partnering with United Farmer Veterans of Maine (UFVM) to bring its Armed to Farm (ATF) training to the Northeast. Veterans who want to attend the week-long training in Bangor, Maine, can apply online now.
Applications are available at: https://www.ncat.org/atf_ME/ and are due by July 12, 2017.
This training is for veterans in the Northeast, with preference given to those in Maine. The number of participants will be limited. Spouses are welcome to apply as well.
NOTE: Applicants will be notified no later than July 19th, 2017 about the status of their application.
ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore career opportunities in agriculture. At ATF, participants learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. Participants gain a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farm. In addition, ATF attendees join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.
ATF 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.
Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm will take place August 21-25, 2017 in Bangor, Maine.
Participants will attend classroom sessions and travel to local farms, including several successful, veteran-owned operations, 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.
NCAT is organizing and hosting this Armed to Farm event in partnership with the UFVM. Financial support comes from the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
Please contact Margo Hale, firstname.lastname@example.org, (479) 442-9824
Featured image courtesy of Shelburne Orchards.