BFRDP Projects

Building Farm Foundations and Planning for Success: Beginning Farmer Training for Military Veterans in the Intermountain West.
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $238,441
Grant Program: 2016 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Tammy Howard
Organization: NCAT


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Project Overview

December 2018- We are in the final year of this project. We have completed 3 Armed to Farm trainings throughout Montana; developed an online, email, and facebook network of Armed to Farm graduates and helped start 10 new farms and improve 40 veteran beginning farm operations. Our final training will be held in April 2019. We will also try to have the Armed to Far Alum attend a farm tour and evening with the new recruits in 2019.We also continue to provide technical assistance annually. We have provided one on one technical assistance to 40 veteran farmers in the intermountain and Northwest since the project's inception.

December 2017- As we enter into the middle phase of this project, we have completed 2 week long trainings, developed a network beyond the training which includes technical assistance and connections with past participants. There has been difficulty in finding an apprentice for our sub contractor Vilicus Training Institute, despite multiple outreach efforts.


Number of Participants: 70


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