What is the PA Veteran Farming Project?
We are the state's grassroots network of veterans, military, and their spouses who farm and operate agribusinesses. We provide resource referral, education, and connections; we convene educational events and promote veteran ag.
Due to public health concerns,the 2021 PA State Veteran Farming Conference on Saturday, Feb. 27 will be virtual.
Following up on the Conference, smaller, regional meetings to comply with health guidelines will be scheduled as soon as possible to combine networking with learning opportunity.
Value Added Producer Grant 2021 web training; Wednesday, February 10, 1000-1100. Details here.
See our Workshop Toolkits page for materials from 2020 events.
What does the PA Veteran Farming Network do?
--Connect honorably discharged veterans, Guard,
and Reserve members and their spouses with agriculture resources.
--Bring together employers/mentor farmers with Veterans throughout PA through our Ag Allies.
--Facilitate "Troops to Tractors" VA OJT apprenticeships
--Convene workshops and meet-ups that provide you with the resources to build sustainable, profitable farms.
--Help eligible individuals find grant funding and assist with applying.
--Partner with a wide variety of veteran service organizations; local/state/federal agencies; fellow ag organizations and higher ed.
--Host Bee Bootcamp hive management classes in select areas.
Ask us a question about farming or agribusiness. We may not know the answer, but bet we know someone who does!
Contact us at email@example.com or 724-691-1087 to learn more.
Registration is open here!
Find PA Veteran Farms and Agribusinesses
SePA DMVA TAG MG Carelli and PA Secretary of Ag Redding visited Hubbard Family Ranch and Nine Pines Farm in November, 2020.
Top: Melissa Harrop, Meadowcreek Livestock; Don Green (Crabapple Hollow farm; MG Tony Carelli, Adjutant General PA DMVA at the 2020 PA Farm Show
Right: Charlois at Saint Ann's Cattle Company, Carlilse, owned by Paul McNamara
In the news:
Bootcamp teaches beekeeping basics to veterans (Farm and Dairy)
Troops to Tractors offers Veterans a different way to utilize the GI Bill WFMZ Channel 69 Allentown 27 June 2019
Tribune-Review, 17 Apr 2019
Tour highlights successes of Southwestern
Pennsylvania's military veterans turned farmers
Pa.’s top veterans’ advocate visits
The PA Veteran Farming Project gratefully acknowledges the financial support of
Disabled American Veterans
Pittsburgh Chapter 8 and
Col. S. D. Foster Chapter #76
Evergreen Farms Dairy
Pennsylvania Veterans Trust Fund
We serve active duty U.S. military, veterans (released from the service under conditions other than dishonorable), Guard, Reserve, and their spouses. Proof of service required.
USDA defines “Veteran Farmer or Rancher” as a producer who served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, including the reserve components thereof; was released from the service under conditions other than dishonorable. Some USDA programs give preference to "Beginning Farmers", defined as those who
have not operated a farm or ranch, or has operated a farm or ranch for not more than 10 years; or
who first obtained status as a veteran during the most recent 10-year period.
There is no charge to eligible individuals for our resource/referral services. We gratefully acknowledges the support of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Posts 8 and 76 in Allegheny County, PA, and the Myles D. Sampson Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County for their financial support.