Apply Now for Armed to Farm Veteran Training in North Carolina
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is teaming up with Appalachian State University's Frontline to Farm program to bring NCAT's Armed to Farm training to North Carolina for the first time. Veterans who want to attend the week-long training in Boone can apply online now.
Armed to Farm gives veterans and their spouses the opportunity 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 teach the training sessions, along with staff from Appalachian State and North Carolina Cooperative Extension. 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 on the Appalachian State University campus and travel to local farms for hands-on learning experiences.
The event is free for those chosen to attend; lodging on the ASU campus, 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.