Lunch & Learns:
26 March Noon: D-I-Y cattle chute with Larry Daugherty of Heritage Farms Click here
Due to the changing situation regarding the coronavirus, these dates subject to change.
Postponed: (TBD) Saint Ann's Cattle Company, Carlisle
Saint Ann's breeding program, NRCS Best management practices for a soil fertility program, FSA & NRCS programs for veterans, DIY low-cost chicken tractor and hen house; Field walk: Barnyard and grazing system improvement project & Riparian Buffer. Following the morning sessions, opportunity to meet 1-on-1 with USDA staff to discuss financing and/or technical assistance for your farm.
Friday, June 12, 2020--Pleasant Lane Farm & Creamery, Greensburg New cheese-making facility, forming co-ops, grants "101", DIY/low-cost projects on your farm. Field walk of stream bank project with assistance from conservation district. Following morning sessions, opportunity to consult 1-on-1 with USDA staff.
Friday, September 18, 2020--Hope Hill Lavender Farm, Pottsville USDA programs for veterans, field walk of animal walkway, manure storage, and pollinator garden created with technical and financial incentives by NRCS.
Are you a member of the military/veteran community seeking resources on farming or agribusiness?
--We connect honorably discharged veterans, Guard,
and Reserve members and their spouses with agriculture resources.
--We bring together employers/mentor farmers
with Veterans throughout PA.
Troops to Tractors:
Consider an on farm apprenticeship as an alternative to higher ed to learn the craft & business of farming. VA OJT apprenticeships may be eligible for state approval as an educational program for those eligible for VA Educational Benefits ("GI Bill®*).
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-691-1087 to learn more.
*"GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Find PA Veteran Farms and Agribusinesses
In the news:
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
Sewickley’s Bridgeside Market Sewickley Tribune
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
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
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.
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