Armed to Farm
Dates: April 16, 2018 - April 20, 2018
Time: All Day
Contact: NCAT’s California office at (530)792-7338
Sponsor: Grown in Marin
Location: Glide Ranch
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training to California for the first time. ATF gives veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career.
ATF combines engaging classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities. 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 farming enterprise. In addition, ATF attendees join a nationwide network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.
Veterans can visit ncat.org/atf_CA to complete an application by March 2, 2018. The program is available to military veterans in California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Washington who are interested in starting a farm or who have recently begun farming (less than 10 years). Spouses and farming partners are also invited to apply. NCAT will notify selected participants by March 12th, 2018.
The training will be divided between classroom sessions and travel to local farms for tours and hands-on activities.
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.
Applications are available at: https://www.ncat.org/atf_CA/… and are due by March 2, 2018.
NCAT organizes and hosts the Armed to Farm event in California. Financial support comes from NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program.
Please contact NCAT’s California office at (530)792-7338.