Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. Participants will leave the training with a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise.
National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) sustainable agriculture specialists will teach the training sessions. Additional contributors will include staff from the University of Arkansas, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and USDA Agricultural Research Service, plus experienced crop and livestock producers.
Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF & OIF) veterans and their spouses will receive first priority. National Guardsmen/women and Reservists are also encouraged to apply. Secondary focus will be on all other veterans. Spouses are encouraged to attend, not only if they are interested, but because running a farm will impact their lives even if they are not directly involved.
Armed to Farm is organized and hosted by the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Financial support comes from NCAT’s ATTRA project; USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program; and USDA Risk Management Agency.
• Attendees are responsible for their travel to and from the event. Please let us know if travel cost is an issue.
• Registration is limited and NCAT reserves the right to select those people it deems would benefit most by this event.