Farm training for veterans

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SALEM, Ohio — The National Center for Appropriate Technology is now accepting applications from military veterans who want to attend the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) Training.

ATF allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a viable career. Armed to Farm will take place June 12-16, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Participants will attend classroom sessions on the University of Arkansas campus. Several local farms will provide hands-on learning experiences. The event is free for those chosen; lodging, transportation to local farms, and most meals will be provided.

Participants must pay their own travel costs to and from the event. ATF’s engaging blend of farm tours, hands-on experience, and interactive classroom instruction gives participants a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farm.

Participants learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. In addition, attendees gain a network of supportive farmer-veterans and agricultural advisors.

Applications are available at https://www.ncat.org/armed-to-farm-events/ and are due by April 28. The number of participants will be limited.

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