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Episode 67. Veteran Helps Veterans Learn to Farm

In this episode, Tammy Howard, a horticulture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA program, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, who works out of NCAT’s headquarters in Butte, Montana, sits down with Lawrence Rhone of Farm Retreat Rhone in Flaxville, Montana.

Lawrence is a graduate of NCAT’s 2017 Armed to Farm training for veterans interested in sustainable agriculture as a career. NCAT has offered numerous Armed to Farm trainings, and the one Lawrence took part in was held in Montana’s Mission Valley.

Since then, he has made significant progress towards his farm-based retreat center for veterans. In the podcast, he talks about using his skills as a veteran to approach the often intimidating process of working USDA programs like the National Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Farm Service Agency loan programs. He also describes his farm retreat goals and how his military experience has helped shape them.

You can get in touch directly with Tammy Howard via email at tammyh@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

NCAT Armed to Farm

High Tunnels and the NRCS podcast

ATTRA Business Start-Up Resources

Veteran Resources

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You also can stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

Be sure to check out NCAT’s SIFT (Small Intensive Farm Training) Farm website.

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