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Apply Now for Armed to Farm Veteran Training in Colorado
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is teaming up with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to bring NCAT's Armed to Farm training to Colorado for the first time. Veterans who want to attend the week-long training in Boulder 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. USDA agency staff and experienced crop and livestock producers will provide additional instruction.

Applications are available here and are due by July 15, 2022.

This training is for veterans in the West, with selection priority 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.

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

Please contact Andy Pressman at or 479-587-3475.


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