Apply Now for Virtual Armed to Farm

Apply Now for Virtual Armed to Farm 

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now offering a virtual version of its popular sustainable agriculture training program for military veterans. NCAT is moving the training online to make it accessible during COVID-19 restrictions. Veterans who want to attend the Virtual Armed to Farm training, which will take place in six sessions during April and May, can apply online now.

Virtual Armed to Farm will cover topics essential to farm success, including business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, and USDA programs, as well as specific enterprise discussions. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with other beginning farmers from across the country. The training will also include breakout sessions for region-specific networking and resource-sharing.

Virtual Armed to Farm will include an engaging blend of interactive online instruction and video farm tours via Zoom. Participants will be expected to be involved in virtual activities, complete assignments, and interact with other attendees. NCAT Sustainable Agriculture specialists will teach the training sessions. Staff from partner organizations, USDA agencies, and experienced crop and livestock producers will provide additional instruction.

Applications are available at and are due by March 12, 2021.

Virtual Armed to Farm topics will be applicable to all beginning farmers regardless of location in the U.S. Military veterans interested in farming are encouraged to apply. Spouses are welcome to participate as well, but must submit a separate application. The number of participants will be limited to facilitate effective online interaction. NCAT will notify selected participants by March 19.


Training Session Dates

Virtual Armed to Farm will consist of two-hour sessions on the following dates:

April 1
April 8
April 15
April 22
April 29
May 6

The training sessions will take place from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Pacific time/4:00-6:00 p.m. Mountain/5:00-7:00 p.m. Central/6:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern.


The Virtual Armed to Farm training is free. While participants may join the live sessions via phone only, access to a computer, tablet, or mobile device and internet is required in order to watch recorded sessions and complete online assignments.

NCAT is organizing and hosting this Armed to Farm event with support from NCAT’s ATTRA program, USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, and Canandaigua VA Medical Center. Partner organizations include Holistic Management International, Farmer Veteran Coalition – Washington, Walla Walla County Conservation District, Walla Walla Community College, Spokane Conservation District, Cornell Small Farms Program, Georgia Organics, and the University of Arkansas.

Please contact Margo Hale at or Robyn Metzger at, or call 479-442-9824.

Cultivating Success: Whole Farm Planning

Cultivating Success: Whole Farm Planning

  • 12-week course offered fully online through Zoom!

  • Meets every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Starting September 22nd running through December 8th , 2020

Military Veterans! You are eligible for scholarship supported through a VA Farm Grant administered through the WDVA. Check out all Washington Counties offering the course and the registration link below…




¡Curso traducido al Español!

Un Curso de 12 semanas ofrecido en linea, cada martes de 6:30pm a 8:30pm,
inciando el 22 de septiembre al 8 de diciembre.
Course offered with Spanish language interpretation and facilitation.

This course will not only connect you to your local farming community, you will also learn alongside a collective statewide cohort! Come build your small farms community network and learn from presenters like local producers and processors, community-based organizations, and specialists with expertise in direct marketing, value-added processing, production planning, agronomy, livestock production, and more!

The Key Exercises for Whole Farm Planning Course:

Sustainability Concepts  .  Whole Farm Planning  .  Evaluating Resources  .  Enterprise Assessment  .  Marketing & Biz Strategies  .   Farm Production Practices  .  Ecological Soil Management  .  Integrated Pest & Weed Management  .  Livestock Considerations & Intensive Management  .  Equipment & Facilities Considerations


for these locations and a statewide Spanish speaking cohort too!

Colville Reservation

Clallam County

Clark County

Grays Harbor County

Jefferson County

Kitsap County

Mason County

Okanogan County

San Juan County

Skagit County

Snohomish County

En Espanol – Spanish Cohort

Spokane County

Thurston County

Wahkiakum County

Want to know more?


Nicole Witham
Cultivating Success Statewide Coordinator

Cultivating Success: Growing Future Farmers

Cultivating Success: Growing Future Farmers

Learn how to create a sustainable small farm

Interested in farming? Not sure how to begin? Do you dream of beginning or expanding your own small farm? The Cultivating Success™ series of courses combines workshop and farmer-direct learning experiences to help foster the success of new and existing farms. Cultivating Success helps participants explore the unique advantages available to the small and mid-size farm.

Join us for the first course in the series, Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching to be held on Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, September 22 through December 8, 2020. The course will be conducted online via Zoom.

Weekly presentations include local growers, organizations, and agriculture professionals with expertise in direct marketing, value-added processing, production planning, agronomy, livestock production, and more. Sponsored in collaboration with Snohomish Conservation District and Snohomish County Farm Bureau, Cultivating Success provides students with the tools necessary to create/develop/expand a sustainable farm operation.

Class size is limited and usually fills quickly. Pre-paid registration is required. Cost for the twelve-week course is $200 per farm/family. Visit to register online or download the form from and mail with your check.

Military Veterans interested in joining the course are eligible for a full scholarship supported through a U.S Department of Veteran Affairs Farm Grant administered through the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs.

Course facilitators are Bobbi Lindemulder, cattle rancher and District Operations Program Manager for the Snohomish Conservation District and Kate Ryan, grower and Agriculture Program Coordinator for WSU Snohomish County Extension. Both have been helping grow new farmers through programs like Cultivating Success for well over a decade.

For more information on the course, visit, contact Kate Ryan,, (425) 357-6024.

New Remote Peer Support Training Opportunity with Growing Veterans

New Remote Peer Support Training Opportunity with Growing Veterans

Peer Support

In addition to the informal Peer Support provided at the farm, Growing Veterans also offers a formal accredited Peer Support training program.

Peer Support Training

Growing Veterans formal Peer Support training is a hands on learning experience, developed by veterans and mental health care professionals – for veterans, civilians, mental health providers, businesses, and organizations committed to the wellness of veterans. The three day training in-person workshop has been accredited by the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMCHA) and is eligible for 20.5 CEU’s.

Learning objectives include recognizing and understanding the symptoms, causes and cycles of PTSD and Transition Stress. Using nationally recognized best practices for Peer Support, participants learn to facilitate healthy conversations and outcomes, reduce peer isolation and develop tools to create a network of peer support.

Growing Veterans’ Peer Support Training is an evidence-based program that uses best practices as identified by DCOE as essential to successful military/veteran peer support programs. The evaluation indicates overwhelmingly, attendees reported the GV PST to be a powerful, transformative and positive experience.

AgrAbility, Veterans and Agriculture – a strategic connection!

AgrAbility, Veterans and Agriculture – a strategic connection!

Learn about the AgrAbility program and the opportunities and technologies available.


Mission of AgrAbility

The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America. For this target audience, “success” may be defined by many parameters, including: gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation; access to appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities; evidence-based information related to the treatment and rehabilitation of disabling conditions; and targeted support for family caregivers of AgrAbility customers. AgrAbility addresses a wide variety of disabling conditions in agriculture, including, but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
  • Back impairments
  • Amputations
  • Brain injury
  • Visual impairments
  • Hearing impairments
  • Disabling diseases
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Respiratory impairments
  • Head injury

Join us to learn more!



FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Foods Online Blended Training Part 2 Instructor Led – Remote Live Delivery

This two part blended online and instructor led course has been designed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in collaboration with the FDA. It is a course recognized by FDA at present in meeting their requirements.  By successfully completing this course, you will meet the requirements as a FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Person who can manage a food safety preventive controls program in accordance with the Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls Rule of the US Food and Drug Administration

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COVID19 Farm Roundtable: Emergency and Contingency Plans – March 26, 3 PM

Join on Zoom:

Farmers work under multiple stressors; and COVID19 puts extreme demands on already challenging times. Presenters will share considerations for farm operations in an emergency, tips to help plan for contingencies, and tools to develop plans with your support networks.


  • 3:00  Welcome and Introductions, and purpose of the call
    • Carrie Backman, Wahkiakum County Extension Director
  • 3:05    Emergency Preparedness:
    • Strategic Emergency Management Concerns
    • Continuity of Operations and Recovery planning
    • Michael Gaffney, Assistant Director, WSU Extension and CED Unit Director
  • 3:20    Farm Contingency Plans
    • Susan Kerr, WSU Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist, Professor Emerita
  • 3:35    Taking Care of Farm and Community: Tips from a Farmer and Epidemiologist
    • Mark Schmidt, epidemiologist and farmer, Blue Skies Farm
  • 3:50    Farm Roundtable


For more information, contact Carrie Backman, Director and Associate Professor, Washington State University Wahkiakum County Extension

Workshop on the Fellowship Fund Application Process – January 17th 10am – 12:30pm

Join the Washington State Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition for a workshop on the Fellowship Fund application process!
  • Rachel Petitt – FVC’s Program Director – will walk through the application requirements, deadlines, and business planning tips. 
  • This is a great opportunity to learn about FVC’s programs and network with fellow farmer veterans!
  • Light refreshments will be provided
Enterprise for Equity Conference Room
212 Union Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501
This is the first in a series of 4 more workshops to be held around Washington state in 2020.
Questions? More information? Contact Rachel: