Applications Open for Armed to Farm Training in Texas
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is bringing its Armed to Farm training back to the Lone Star State. Veterans who want to attend the week-long training in Fredericksburg, Texas, 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. Staff from USDA agencies and experienced crop and livestock producers will provide additional instruction.
Applications are available here and are due by April 8, 2022.
Veterans from Southwestern states will receive selection priority for this training. The number of participants will be limited. NCAT will notify selected participants by April 15. A spouse or farm partner is welcome to attend with a veteran as well, but must submit a separate application.
Dates, Location, and Cost
Armed to Farm will take place May 16-20 in Fredericksburg, Texas. 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 is organizing and hosting this Armed to Farm event with support from the USDA Natural Resources Conservations Service and the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement.