About Combat Farming®
Combat Farming® describes a full spectrum of “boots on the ground” activities designed to promote stability in crisis environments. Building on a wide range of experience and an in-depth understanding of conflict dynamics, the practice of combat farming® has become an effective implementation tool for working with local communities and businesses in conflict areas to break cycles of violence and connect short-term relief efforts with long-term development initiatives.
Combat farming® projects have a proven record of achieving impact in dangerous environments by adapting traditional development programs to meet the unique needs of dynamic and sensitive contexts. Working across sectors such as agriculture, infrastructure, development, and natural resource management, combat farmers have successfully implemented projects around the world that build strong sustainable systems. These systems empower self-reliance through increased food security and economic potential.
Combat Farming® in the U.S.
Modern conveniences have created a disconnect between the consumer and their food source. These conveniences have enabled people to become dependent on others to provide them with the most basic of life’s necessities. But, what if something went wrong, the lights turned off or fuel ran out? Would a farmer of today know how to farm in these conditions? Would the average person be prepared to feed him or herself if large-scale food production ceased? We see the current answers as ‘no’ to these questions and that’s what we want to change.
Our mission is to utilize knowledge and skills gained from working alongside Special Forces troops on global agriculture projects to bring a new perspective to U.S. farmers and consumers; one of self-reliance and “use what you have available” resourcefulness. Through one-on-one consulting and farm planning, we will provide quality agriculture and relevant livestock training based on 1880’s technology.
The use 1880’s technology – before the gas engine and electricity – is a strategic choice. These methods have the advantage of being sustainable in conditions ranging from technologically advanced to developing. Additionally, these methods are economically efficient. The average person may not have the ability or inclination to invest in farm equipment for a homestead or small to medium scale farm project, but a low-tech approach, implemented at minimal expense, is appealing.
Simply put, we want to give people the knowledge and skills to be self-reliant concerning their food production in the way that their grandfathers and great grandfathers were. Combat farming® allows us to do just that.