The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from military veterans living in the Northwest region of the US who want to attend our Armed to Farm (ATF) training in Montana’s Mission Valley.

ATF Montana 2017

The week-long ATF training gives veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable, small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career.
ATF offers a dynamic blend of farm tours and hands-on experience with classroom instruction. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, vegetable production, small grain production, and more. Participants will leave the training with a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise.

NCAT sustainable agriculture specialists will teach the training sessions. Additional contributors will include staff from USDA Agencies, plus experienced crop and livestock producers.
Dates, Location, and Cost

Armed to Farm is scheduled for October 9-13 at Ninepipes Lodge in Montana’s Mission Valley. Participants will attend classroom sessions at the lodge, and the hands-on instruction will take place at several area farms.

The number of participants will be limited, and veterans living in the Northwest region of the US are eligible to apply. Applications are due August 18, and selected participants will be notified no later than August 25. Spouses are encouraged to apply as well because running a farm will impact their lives even if they are not directly involved.
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.


To apply, click here. Remember, applications are due August 18.


Armed to Farm is organized and hosted by The National Center for Appropriate Technology.
Financial support comes from NCAT’s ATTRA program and NorthWest Farm Credit Services.