What is the PA Veteran Farming Network?
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.

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 pavetsfarm@gmail.com or 724-691-1087 to learn more.

 

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Toolkit of Conference presentations HERE. 

Thank you to our sponsors: USDA, Food Moxie, AgChoice/MidAtlantic Farm Credit.

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Podcast with PAVFP Director Mimi Thomas-BrookerAgChoice Farm Credit
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In the news:

Military service, farm life mesh in Crawford County during Veteran Farm Field Day

Army veteran to host tree planting event in Sweet Valley

Boy Scouts help local veteran and farm owner plant 850 maple trees

Maple farmer plants trees for the next generation

 

Female veteran’s small business gives boost to other female vets

 

Veterans to help plant 10 million trees

Western Pa. residents among virtual presenters set for 2nd Pa. Veteran Farming Conference

New hops course seeks to fill gap between growing, marketing

Livestock farmers asked to complete survey

Bootcamp teaches beekeeping basics to veterans (Farm and Dairy)

 

Farming with Veterans in Mind: Country Folks Mid-Atlantic

 

Claysburg Woman Inspired to Give Back to Female Veterans

Unity dairy family finds success with cheese, offers tips to veterans interested in farming

 

Area veterans learn the basics of beekeeping — for honey and for peace of mind

 

Buy local, buy veteran grown on Armed Forces Day

PA Veteran Farming Project’s ag allies mentorship program

 

Ag conference to aid veterans

Mixing It Up: Dairies Diversify For Success

PA’s Dairy Industry Is Changing. These Family Farmers Are Innovating to Keep Up.

Heritage Farms featured on Veterans Voices on WTRF (Wheeling), Nov., 2019

Startup Alleghenies visited The Skirted Soldier and Reklaimed Vines winery on their Veterans Day tour, Nov. 11, 2019

 

Veterans in the Valley to be held in Everett, PA, Sept. 29, 2019

Troops to Tractors offers Veterans a different way to utilize the GI Bill  WFMZ Channel 69 Allentown  27 June 2019

 PA ag secretary tours Unity farm wrapping its future around cheese 

Tribune-Review, 17 Apr 2019

Tour highlights successes of Southwestern

Pennsylvania's military veterans turned farmers

Tribune Review 

Pa.’s top veterans’ advocate visits

Sewickley’s Bridgeside Market  

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Right: Rhonda Smith (The Skirted Soldier)  and Giana VanNice (Blue Dog Farms) at the 2021 Conference broadcast site; below L & R, 2020 Regional Workshop at Pleasant Lane Farms

Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 10, 10 am to 2 pm. Jacob's Valley Farm, Hanover PA  FSA funding; field walk of NRCS projects;  registered Katahdin lambing operation; practical marketing. Info & Register

Saturday, August 7, 9-noon. Hope Hill Lavender Farm LLC Pottsville, Schuylkill Co. NRCS conservation cover for pollinators, composting facility, diversion, prescribed grazing system with animal walkway and watering system, bring your soil test and spaek with The Accidental Agonomist. Info & Registration.

Saturday, August 21, 10 am to 2 pm, Shupp Hill Farms, Tunkhannock, Wyoming Co. Field walk of conservation projects, more...

September TBA: Saint Ann's Cattle Company, Carlisle PA, Wagyu cattle operation, more...

Charlois at Saint Ann's Cattle Company, Carlilse, owned by Paul McNamara

Above: Melissa Harrop, Meadowcreek Livestock; Don Green (Crabapple Hollow farm; MG Tony Carelli, Adjutant General PA DMVA at the 2020 PA Farm Show

The PA Veteran Farming Project gratefully acknowledges the financial support of
Disabled American Veterans
Pittsburgh Chapter 8
and

Col. S. D. Foster Chapter #76

Battle4Warriorz

Evergreen Farms Dairy

Pennsylvania Veterans Trust Fund

Our Partners: 


 

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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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